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Male and Female: Whose Church Is It, Anyway?

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth 10) Eve vs. Artemis .......
Full disclosure - I am Church of Christ born and bred. I went through the entire program. I was born to faithful, active parents. We were at church every time the doors were open. I went to private Church of Christ schools from 1st grade through college (Jackson Christian School, Columbia Academy, and Harding University). I have worked as a full time youth minster and worship leader in two different Churches of Christ over the past 8 1/2 years.

I can totally relate to Paul in Philippians 3 when he is listing off his resume. Oh you want to talk religious cred? How bout them apples? Paul says he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.” Well, I guess that would make me… CoC of CoC. Paul’s point in saying all that was…

WHAT IS RELIGION?

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Last week in class we tried to answer the question, "What is religion?" Trying to define religion is harder than you may think. What it boils down to is that we may not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it. So in class we explored the nature of religion and why it matters.

Feel free to follow along with the class audio, presentation notes, and video clips below.
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WHERE ARE WE GOING?

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This past week (10/11) we dove into the last of the big five worldview questions: Where Are We Going? Where is all this headed? Are we really going to "hell in a hand basket"? Are we believers just supposed to jump ship? or bide our time until Jesus comes back to destroy everything and take us to heaven?

It's been said that some people are so heavenly focused that they are no earthly good. This comes from a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant by the Kingdom of Heaven. Our modern misconceptions about heaven/the afterlife/eternal life are more representative of Islam, Buddhism, and even the Greek understanding of Hades/Elysium and present a less than accurate conception of heaven as revealed in the Scriptures.

So buckle up, because we're all on a trip going somewhere. Click the box below to listen to the audio from class, and follow along with the presentation notes. I've added a few more videos than we had time to get to in class. So be sure to check these out, …

WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

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Last week (10/4) we discussed the fourth big worldview question: What's the Solution? We can all agree that the world is full of problems. We can maybe even agree that there may be one or two main causes to all the other smaller, more specific problems in our lives, like sin, corruption, rebellion against God/the gods, etc.
But have you noticed that we can look at the same problem and come up with completely opposite solutions? And if we can't even agree on a solution to a specific *lower case problem on our own, then what makes us think that we can even come close to solving The *upper case PROBLEM of sin and death on our own? We must look to something/someone outside of the Problem in order to find a solution. That's where Jesus comes in.
Feel free to listen to the class audio - there's a chunk that I cut out for the sake of time and flow - and follow along with the presentation notes & videos. _____________________________________