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KNOWN: A Biblical View of Humanity

This semester we will ask, “Who am I?” Christians can only answer that question by looking at Jesus, the perfect example of humankind as God intends us to be. Students will explore the Christian vision of the human person with particular attention to our nature and purpose in a proper relationship to God, his creation, and one another. Retired VT professor Dean Bork will lead the semester cohort. We’ll meet in person at the BSC as long as COVID permits, and utilize Zoom as necessary. A 15-minute video will be the only assignment in advance of each week’s meeting, although there will be some optional reading.

Anyone is invited to join this cohort!

Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm, starting January 25
(bring your own dinner at 5:30 if you’d like)

Living a Tech-wise Life | The Next Story: Faith, Friends, Family, and the Digital World

There are so many benefits of technology, but how does it affect us if we uncritically integrate it into our lives? Are we masters of it, or is it mastering us? Do we use it to understand the world, or does it shape our view of the world? Are we wiser for all the information we have? Are our relationships better for all the connection we have? Are we happier for all the entertainment we have? Are there ways we use technology that harm our humanity or Christianity? To answer these questions and more, this study group read Tim Challies’ book The Next Story and take a hard look at technology through a biblical lens. You can purchase your book yourself, or we can provide a book for $5.

Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm (February 3 – March 31)
(in person)

Taylor Rollo is the associate pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Delighting in the Trinity

Have you ever felt that the doctrine of the Trinity was a liability, a burden to be borne? If so, this brief and engaging book will open your eyes to both the beauty and necessity of the Trinity. From the author: “Why is God love? Because God is a Trinity. Why can we be saved? Because God is a Trinity. How are we able to live the Christian life? Through the Trinity.”

Wednesdays, 5-6pm, January 27 – March 3
(on Zoom)

Paul Carlier is a professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech.

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

Since its publication in 1942, The Screwtape Letters has sold millions of copies worldwide and is recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. A masterpiece of satire, it offers a sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, The Screwtape Letters comprises the correspondence of the worldly-wise devil Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

Join us for a weekly reading and discussion of a letter. Advance reading encouraged, but not required.

Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm, January 28 – April 29
(in person)

Mike Weaver is the director of the Bradley Study Center at Virginia Tech.

The New Testament and Its World, Part 2: The Gospels and Acts

Ryan Lytton, professor at Life Pacific University and Radford University, will be walking us through the rich culture and theology of the New Testament world, focusing on the Gospels and Acts. We’ll be using a new introductory text by N.T. Wright – The New Testament and Its World. We’ll meet in person at the BSC as long as COVID permits, and utilize Zoom as necessary. The book is helpful but not required to participate. Space is limited to 12.

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, January 28 – April 29

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