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Rev. Robert Dooling's Class  

Beginning on October 2, 2016 for an 8-week-long class

The motto of one of America’s great corporations used to be, “THINK.”  The motto of too many contemporary Americans is, “THOUGHT OUT” – at least when it comes to what we believe about God.  We understand that science and technology require precision and careful attention to detail, but relative to our relationship with the Creator of the universe we have too often been willing to settle for the most puerile, mindless and contradictory notions.  One such fashionable idea is often stated this way, “All religions are essentially the same and only superficially different.  After all, don’t Christians, Muslims and Jews really worship the same God?”

That popular idea, however, is fundamentally incorrect.  All religions are not alike.  Indeed, it would be far more accurate to say that while all religions may be superficially alike, they are foundationally different. 

However, the same thing cannot be said about the myriad expressions of the Christian faith that we regularly encounter right here in Loveland (i.e. Presbyterian, Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Baptist, Evangelical, Methodist, etc.). There is a core set of beliefs that we all hold in common, and our differences, while not superficial or unimportant, may not be as divisive as we often tend to make them.

Subject matter will be the Christian faith, and we will explore as many of the following issues as we have time for:

·         The Theist – Atheist Divide:  The Cause, Meaning and Purpose of life

·         The Christian – Non-Christian Divide:  Do we all worship the same God?

·         Ecumenical Christianity: What All Christians Believe (The Nicene Creed)

·         Ecumenical Christianity:  What All Christians Deny (Christian Heresies)

·         Rome (Catholicism) and Constantinople (Orthodoxy)

·         The Catholic-Protestant Disagreement: The Five Solos

·         Protestantism Divided:  Four Important Streams

·         The Presbyterian and Reformed Stream

·         Denominationalism in America: An overview

Worksheets and Materials will be posted here as the class begins.


For the Life of the World
  Rev. Jim Webb's Class

  For the Life of the World

   Starting October 2, 2016 for 8 Weeks

Explore how God’s purposes are woven into every area of our lives: family, work, art, charity,education, government, recreation and all creation! The Bible calls us Strangers and Pilgrims, living in “the now and not yet” of God’s Kingdom Come on earth. We are also called to be salt and light, to have a transforming presence among our neighbors. In seven 20-minute-ish episodes, you’ll learn how our lives lived on earth matter in God’s plan for the world.

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

The Good News We Almost Forgot
Class Led by the Rev. Robert Dooling
Ongoing class from September 2011 to Fall 2012

If there is "nothing new under the sun" then perhaps the main task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or be relevant, but to remember.  The truth of the gospel is still contained within vintage faith statements.  Within creeds and catechisms we can have our faith strengthened, our knowledge broadened, and our love for Jesus deepened.   

In The Good News We Almost Forgot Kevin DeYoung explores the Heidelberg Catechism and writes 52 brief chapters on what it has shown him.  The Heidelberg is largely a commentary on the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer and the book deals with man's guilt, God's grace, and believers' gratitude. The result is a clear-headed, warm-hearted exploration of the faith, simple enough for young believers and deep enough for mature believers.  As DeYoung writes, "The gospel summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism is glorious, it's Christ gracious, it's comfort rich, it's Spirit strong, it's God Sovereign, and it's truth timeless."  Come and see how your soul can be warmed by the elegantly and logically laid out doctrine that matters most:  we are great sinners and Christ is a greater Savior!

gospe[in]ife    April 15-May 20

Join author and pastor Timothy Keller in an eight-week video-based study of the gospel and how to live it out in everyday life. In week one you and your group will study the city, your home now, the world that is. Week eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between you'll learn how the gospel can change your heart, your community, and how you live in this world. 

Gospel in Life session titles:

Session 1, City-The World That Is
Session 2, Heart-Three Ways to Live
Session 3, Idolatry-The Sin Beneath
Session 4, Community-The Context for Change
Session 5, Witness-An Alternate City
Session 6, Work-Cultivating the Garden
Session 7, Justice-A People for Others
Session 8, Eternity-The World That Is To Come

Gospel in Life

Are the New Testament Gospels Reliable?
Class Led by the Rev. Gary LeTourneau
January 8, 15, 22

Do the Gospels reflect eye witnesses accounts, or myths and fables handed down for generations?  Are they historically accurate, or just nice stories with a deeper meaning?  Using the latest research we will explore recent developments in appreciating the historicity of the Gospels.  We will be watching a video by Dr. Peter Williams,  New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts.  We’ll also be considering the conclusions of the book by Richard Bauckman, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.

Dr Peter Williams - New Evidences the Gospels were based on Eye Witness Accounts

What in t
he world is happening in the PC(USA)?    
Class Led by the Rev. Gary LeTourneau
February 5 ,12 and 19

With the passage of amendment 10-A, and the adoption of a new Form of Government, this is a period of rapid change in the PCUSA.  Jim Webb and I went to the meeting in January in Orlando (2100+ Presbyterians in attendance) of the Fellowship of Presbyterians, and I will be doing my best to update interested members of MVPC on what is happening in our Denomination and Presbytery, and how it affects our local congregation.

The Reason For God - Conversations on Faith and Life

Class Led by the Rev. Jim Webb
February 26 - April  1      (A Six Week Class)
In the New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs. Christians will be challenged to wrestle with their friends and neighbors' hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue. The Reason for God DVD captures a live and unscripted conversation between Timothy Keller and six panelists discussing their objections to Christianity. 
Session Titles and Descriptions: 
1. Isn't the Bible a Myth? 
2. How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? 
3. What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? 
4. Why Does God Allow Suffering? 
5. Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice?
6. How Can God Be Full of Love and Wrath at the Same Time? 

The Reason For God Series