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Classics of Christian Spirituality

Summer of 2018. 

Pastor David lectures on a different author from one of the enduring works of the faith. Each work expresses the genius and faith of a spiritual giant. 

Classics of Christian Spirituality

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Pastor David will be leading a study of some classic texts on how to know and love God. Each week participants will read a 20-25 page excerpt. We will gather weekly to discuss and apply what we read.

 

Meets Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 in Lower Langill

Starting Wednesday, July 25

 

Each participant will receive a book with the readings and discussion questions. These will be available by July 15 at the latest. There is no cost for the class. There will be a modest suggested donation for the book once we know the cost.

 

SCHEDULE

 

READ each excerpt ahead of time and come ready to discuss it on the following dates:

 

July 25

   Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Athanasius was arguably the most courageous and stubborn defender of truth in the history of the church. When the church teetered on the brink of falling into error about the most important thing—who Jesus is—he rallied the faithful. His little book On the Incarnation has been treasured and read for over 1,700 years.

 

AUGUST 1

   Augustine, Confessions

Augustine probably did more to shape Christian thought than anyone since the apostles. He wrote the first introspective autobiography in history, has famous Confessions. In it he tells how God was there all his life, leading him to faith in Jesus Christ.

 

AUGUST 8

   Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

Julian of Norwich was a theologian and mystic who describes a vision God gave her in her famous book, Revelations of Divine Love. It is the first book written in English by a woman.

 

AUGUST 15

   John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

Excerpt on faith and the Lord’s Supper

John Calvin, the 16th century Reformer, was one of the most influential theologians in history. Presbyterians trace our roots back to him. From his masterpiece, Institutes of the Christian Religion, we will learn about faith and prayer, with bonus material about the Lord’s Supper!

 

AUGUST  22

   John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

Excerpt on Prayer and how to use material blessings

 

AUGUST 29

   Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Blaise Pascal had a fiery, overwhelming experience of God. He combined this passion with the reason of a mathematician to persuade people of the truth of the gospel. His Pensées (“Thoughts”) are actually a journal of notes for a book he never wrote.

 

SEPTEMBER 5

   Jonathan Edwards, Memoirs & a Sermon

Jonathan Edwards has been called the greatest theologian America has yet produced. He was in love with the beauty of God. We will read an excerpt from his memoirs and also a sermon about how to seek God.

 

SEPTEMBER 12

   Leo Tolstoy, “Where Love Is, There Is God”

Leo Tolstoy stands tall among the world’s best fiction writers. This 19th century Russian author often reflected on themes of faith. We will read his short story “Where Love Is, There is God.”

 

SEPTEMBER 19

   Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Grand Inquisitor”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, another 19th century Russian, wrote the most brilliant novel ever. The Brothers Karamazov is a mystery story and apologetic masterpiece rolled into one. We will read the oft reprinted chapter, “The Grand Inquisitor.”

 

SEPTEMBER 26

  1. M. Bounds, The Essentials of Prayer
  2. M. Bounds, a 19th century American pastor, wrote books on prayer that remain popular today. We will learn about prayer from this accomplished teacher.