Adult Christian Education Classes
Salem offers two options for Christian Education Classes from October-May.
View previous classes HERE.
Don’t miss this chance to deepen your Sunday Morning experience.
Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School is a 40-minute lecture. One of our guiding verses is I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” A copy of their recent brochure can be found HERE.
Dr. Brown is an expert on the Gospels. Her book, The Gospels as Stories, will serve as the basis for this series. She will apply four key areas of narrative analysis and show how they bring the text to life, and how these tools offer a corrective to our tendency to read the Gospels one story at a time. Dr. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul for over 20 years and is the Director of Online Programs and Instructor. She teaches in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and Greek. She has published several books, and numerous journal articles, and book essays on the Gospels of Matthew and John, 1 Peter, and topics of hermeneutics. She is a member of the NIV translation team and is a part of the revision project for the NIV Study Bible.
Faith 20/20 is an interactive opportunity to learn—even from a distance. We continue with our twin goals of delivering thoughtful spiritual content (20 minutes) to be processed in intimate conversations (20 minutes). Each session is a bite-sized jump into deep topics with a side of getting to know some new people.
Intersections of Faith and History
Register HERE to attend virtually via Zoom
Sundays, February 7 and 14
- Facilitator: Kent Whitworth, Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society
- As believers, we are called to pursue truth. When it comes to history, the “truth” we thought we knew continues to change. Is that political correctness, or is new evidence leading to a deeper understanding of the past and therefore to an expanded narrative? Christian historian, John Fea, writes “While the purpose of the church, of course, is to bring people into a closer relationship with God and others, it is also important that Christians understand the culture in which they hope to live out their faith.” Join us for a two-part conversation as we wrestle with the tensions of history and its intersection with our faith.
Mercy as a Daily Practice
- Facilitator: Kirk Livingston
- February 21
- The psalmists wrote about their search for God’s mercy across 127 verses in 150 psalms. Other writers of the Old and New Testaments were similarly focused—and so are we. We depend on God’s mercy every day as we reach up and out. We’ll look at the Hebrew word hesed, translated as lovingkindness, piety, and, especially, mercy, and ask what it says about our daily life.
Exploring Three Lenten Themes Using Biblical Texts and Art
- Facilitator: Wayne Roosa, Professor of Art History, Bethel University
- February 28, March 7, and 14
- These three sessions will explore great artworks together with the Biblical texts inspiring them, for in-depth meditations during Lent. Three themes will be explored: Pilate’s words, Ecce Homo; the Crucifixion; and, somewhat unusually, The Prodigal Son
Theology of the Resurrection
- Facilitator: Laura Kozamchak
- March 21 and 28