This Sunday, March 28, I will be giving TWO live Zoom lectures for anyone who wants to come. They will be recorded for my undergraduate course on the New Testament and there will be a 30-minute Q & A to follow the second one.
There is no charge per se, but I would like to ask for a donation to the blog in exchange, if you can see your way clear to do it. If not, that’s fine – we all have our circumstances! But one of the main reasons I’m doing these lectures is to raise money for the Food Bank of North Carolina; as with all food banks right now, it is in desperate need. Your donation is completely tax deductible. To make a donation now, go to the blog home page and scroll to the bottom to find the blue “One-time Donation” button.
Here is the info you need:
- Time: Sunday, March 28, 2:00 pm and 3:15 pm (EST)
- The Lectures will last about 50 minutes, with Q&A to follow the second.
First Lecture: The Gospel according to Paul: The Letter to the Romans. The most influential letter Paul wrote was to the church in Rome, the only one of his letters sent to a church he did not himself found. In the letter he wants to inform the Romans of what it is he preached — apparently they had their doubts if he was on the up and up. And that means he laid out more systematically than anywhere else his Gospel message. Here, then, is where we have an exposition of his views. In important ways, they are not what modern readers typically think, as we will see in this lecture.
Second Lecture: Paul’s First Letter to Corinth: Christian Ethics in Context. The church that Paul founded in Corinth grew significantly after he left, and Christians there engaged in practices that Paul thought were immoral and accepted beliefs he thought were completely wrong. He wrote his first letter to the church to correct the problems, that included such inner divisions that some members were taking others to court, men visiting prostitutes and bragging about it in church, one fellow sleeping with his step-mother, chaotic church services that were completely out of control, and church leaders who claimed they were already so spiritually powerful that they had already experienced the full benefits of salvation — there was to be no future resurrection of the dead. In this lecture we consider how Paul dealt with this difficult situation, among those that he calls “the saints in Christ.” If these were the saints, what were the sinners like?
As you know, these lectures are meant to raise money for those in need (see below). Can you donate a bit? My suggested minimum donation is $10 for one of the lectures and $15 for both together (there is no maximum donation!).
Three participants will be allowed to ask the questions at the end. These will be the three highest donors.
In weeks past we have had a number of people donate $100; to be among the top three, you’ll probably need to go to about that level. Whatever you donate, if anything, is completely up to you. And everyone, donor or not, is absolutely welcome to hear the Q&A. The last few weeks we have heard some terrific questions. On these two I expect some toughees. Bring ’em on!
In case you wondered, I have no plans to make these lectures generally available. The recordings will be for my class only.
If you want to attend, all you need do is respond by letting us know, here: Register for my Sunday Lectures
New! As soon as you register, you will receive a Zoom link via email from [email protected].
If you have any questions about how it will work, let me know.