City Forum: Science & Reading the Bible | Gregg Davidson

Join us on January 13th from 6 to 8pm in The Loft (youth room upstairs) for our upcoming City Forum: Science & Reading the Bible. No registration is required.
 
Science has enriched our lives in innumerable ways. At the same time, it has challenged the Christian faith as conflicts have risen between science and biblical understanding. Conflicts do not just divide believers from the world, as rhetoric can run white-hot between professing Christians over the proper understanding of science and the Bible. This session will step back from specific scientific claims to first build a biblical framework for assessing apparent conflicts, asking questions such as: Should observations in nature ever be allowed to influence biblical interpretation? How important is it to understand the culture into which the Bible was written? What can we learn from our own church history?
Answers to these questions have the potential to mitigate conflict and open doors to recognizing greater theological richness in the biblical text and greater appreciation for the wonders of scientific discovery.
 
Gregg Davidson is a Ph.D. earth scientist at Ole Miss, author and speaker on the subject of science and Christian faith; husband of one soul-mate with four children and two grandsons (so far); and writer of science fiction novels just for fun. Speaking events have spanned 20 US states and five continents. More at GreggDavidson.net.

City Forum: Technology | Melvin Manickavasagam

City Forum is a ministry of Christ Pres that seeks to give rich opportunities to engage in depth a variety of Biblical, social and cultural topics. Each presentation will be followed by a lengthy “Q&A” session with plenty of time to interact with the topic. After the event, attendees are strongly encouraged to discuss the topic over dinner with friends or family. These sessions are intended to equip God’s people to be formed into Christlikeness through thoughtful engagement with the world.

Loving God while attached to our iPhones? While the benefits of technology are indisputable, many questions remain as to technology’s downside. Texting, social networking, and Internet research may not be enemies of faith, but we should ask whether these activities and the technology behind them are making us more thoughtful, articulate, and loving people. Beyond content, how has our digital practices shaped our Christian life? How does the insatiable desire for ever-faster response time from our handheld devices square with the Christian virtue of patience?

City Forum: Sex & Gender | Les Newsom

City Forum is a ministry of Christ Pres that seeks to give rich opportunities to engage in depth a variety of Biblical, social and cultural topics. Each presentation will be followed by a lengthy “Q&A” session with plenty of time to interact with the topic. After the event, attendees are strongly encouraged to discuss the topic over dinner with friends or family. These sessions are intended to equip God’s people to be formed into Christlikeness through thoughtful engagement with the world.

Grace That is Greater, Special Session: The Lost Legacy of Black Presbyterians | Sean Lucas

Scripture Reference: Romans 8

Dr. Lucas walks us through a careful look at one of the most crucial passages in the book of Romans, chapter eight. This is a pivotal and deeply encouraging piece of Pauline theology that every believer will benefit from diving deeply into. Our hope is that everyone who attended came away with a clearer grasp on how Paul seeks to provide assurance to struggling Christians.