On Sunday, the Center for Christian Studies will be heading to Searcy, Arkansas, to participate in Harding University’s 99th Annual Bible Lectureship, September 25–28. The theme of this year’s Lectureship is “Culture and the Crucified Christ: Studies in 1 and 2 Corinthians.” I look forward to soaking up the atmosphere of learning and devotion, as well as seeing some old friends, meeting some new ones, and destroying Scott Adair and Mac Sandlin in racquetball, just like the good old days.
Todd Hall, Associate Director of CCS, will be speaking Monday at 3 pm on “Ministering to the Church in Times of Grief.” Todd knows what it’s like both to experience grief firsthand and to help others as they go through seasons of grief. His class will bless those experiencing both sides of this challenge.
Yours truly will be speaking Tuesday at 11 am on “Your Body Is God’s Temple: Sexual Ethics (1 Cor. 6:12-20).” In the first part of the class, I will discuss sexuality in general and what Jesus said about the topic, and the second half will include a deeper dive into Paul’s discussion of sexual ethics in 1 Corinthians 6. This topic seems to be on everyone’s mind lately, with good reason.
On Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Todd and I will be presenting on “Deepening the Adult Bible Class Experience: Resources from the Center for Christian Studies.” We are excited about this opportunity to talk about how churches can equip teachers to be more competent and confident. This session will feature our streaming video collection, the Journal of Christian Studies, and some of our books that churches and small groups have found helpful in the past. In this session, we also will be announcing the new curriculum publications that we will be launching in 2023, and the new team who will be working with us to make this happen.
If you are going to be at the Harding Lectureship, come to our sessions, and stop by the CCS table in the student center and say hello. There you can purchase books (with no shipping charge!), and we will be running discounts on back issues of the Journal of Christian Studies, as well as discounts for church subscriptions to the video library. Let’s talk about how CCS can come alongside your congregation to help equip teachers and church members with excellent instruction and resources.