Each of these sessions, which are being facilitated by Rev. Snider, are informed by the scholarship of renowned biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann, who is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Sessions meet from 6:30-7:30pm at Brentwood Christian Church. Contact the church office if you’d like the reading materials emailed to you.
September 4: The God of the Old Testament
God as described in the Bible challenges modern believers to let go of an image of God they can easily manage and predict. At the same time, the character of God we encounter in the Bible sometimes poses a problem to our respective images of God. How do we handle these questions?
September 11: Making Sense of God’s Violent Actions in the Old Testament
How should Christians interpret biblical texts in which God endorses or commits violence?
September 18: Class Warfare in the Bible
Does God take sides in situations of economic injustice? In this session, we’ll look at the socio-economic context of the Bible and then take a quick tour through the Psalms, the prophets, and the exodus story to help us frame the way we believe God wants the world to be.
September 25: Freedom: A Christian Understanding
Everyone speaks of freedom. No one would think to oppose it. Many patriotic Americans pledge allegiance with a ringing affirmation of “liberty and justice for all.” However, many of us also forget that the word freedom has roots in biblical faith. But that biblical theme has, in recent centuries in the West, been filtered through patriotism and individualism. What does freedom mean to a Christian? What is God’s idea of freedom for us?