MONDAY MORNING & EVENING BIBLE STUDY
Beginning Monday evening, September 10 and Tuesday morning, September 11, 2018 for 10 weeks:
“Believe me” may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump’s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting a Christian heritage, the refrain has been constant.
And to the surprise of many, a good 80 percent of white evangelicals have believed Trump—at least enough to help propel him into the White House. Historian John Fea is not surprised, however—and in Believe Me he explains how we have arrived at this unprecedented moment in American politics.
An evangelical Christian himself, Fea argues that the embrace of Donald Trump is the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear, the pursuit of worldly power, and a nostalgic longing for an American past.
As insightful as it is timely, Fea’s Believe Me challenges Christians and to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.
John Fea is professor of American history and chair of the History Department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He is a self-described evangelical, a recognized expert on the historical influence of evangelicalism in American culture, and an award-winning author.
Dr. Fea blogs regularly at thewayofimprovement.com.
Classes will resume later in the year!
Telling stories seems to have been a distinctive aspect of Jesus’ teaching. There is a body of over 30 stories which the Gospel writers attribute to Jesus. Some of the stories appear in several of the Gospels, in slightly different forms. Using this comprehensive study book, we will explore some of Jesus’ parables in depth. We will learn in detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus’ overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church. We will also explore other parables found in the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world.