A Guide for Ambassadors: A Six-Week Course
Every Sunday until February 13, 2022
9:30am – 10:15am
Location: In the Chapel (building between the Church and the Parish House) 142 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401Category: Christian Education Christian Formation
From the Rev. Justin Hare: Rebecca McLaughlin’s 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity outlines some of the most common questions of our day. Writing at a level that she said she’d feel comfortable for her 10-year-old daughter to read, this class is perfect for parents of preteens or teens. But don’t be fooled by the title! Her engagement with such complex and controversial issues is so skillful, succinct, and winsome that I think anyone of any age would benefit. So anyone is welcome to join us as we spend six weeks in January and February exploring the material in her book. What we’ll see is that these issues are interconnected and so each class will build on previous classes (so I highly encourage coming each week, even if the topic doesn’t directly appeal to you). We will start with the authority of God and His revelation as it is the foundation of our faith. And yet, because of the rise of modern criticism and science, many now question the trustworthiness of the Bible. From there, we will look at perhaps the oldest and biggest hurdle to Christianity: the existence of evil and suffering. By understanding God’s incredible and nuanced response to a world filled with evil, we will be able to address the more complicated topics that follow in classes 3-6, which are devoted to the mantra of our day: “diversity.” In class 3, we will look at philosophical/religious/ethical diversity and deal with issues like religious and moral relativism and Jesus’ exclusive claims. In class 4 we will look at racial diversity and see what the Bible says about race and ethnicity. In classes 5-6, we will look at the final form of diversity that is revered today: sexual/gender diversity. Because this topic is the most complex issue we will explore, we’ll take the final two classes to navigate issues like Christianity’s view of sex, marriage, homosexuality, and transgenderism. Since we have only 45 minutes per class, there is no way to be exhaustive. However, our aim is to provide an introduction and a roadmap for the journey ahead so that you can live confidently and courageously, with compassion, understanding and resolve, as God’s ambassadors in the world.
Email Dorothy Lancaster if you'd like to reserve a copy of the book ($10) or if you have questions.