OCT 14 - NOV 18
The Secret Battle of Ideas about God
(by Jeff Myers)
A virus has been spreading across America. Chances are you've already been infected without even realizing it. The virus is made up of dangerous ideas-worldviews that don't reflect Jesus and biblical living. According to a recent Barna study, less than one in five practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. Idea viruses-stemming from secularism, Marxism, postmodernism, new spiritually, and Islam-are rampant in our churches today.
But don't give up-there is hope! The Secret Battle of Ideas About God is a manual for winning the battle of ideas that is raging for our hearts and minds. Join Jeff Myers on a fascinating journey exploring today's worldviews and what they say about life's biggest questions. What he discovers will astound you; strengthen your faith;and inspire a newfound sense of love, healing, purpose, peace, and hope in your life.
COMING CAFE CLASS
NOV 25 - DEC 30
Love Like That
(by Dr. Les Parrott)
Let’s be honest. How many times have you fallen short at being a good friend, a wise parent, or a self-giving spouse because you didn't love—truly love—at the highest level? It’s tough. We’re bound to fail. The bar is so high, especially if you aspire to love like Jesus. But it’s not impossible.
As followers of Jesus, we were meant to radically love those around us and give the world a glimpse of what God is like. But this is easier said than done. What does it actually mean to love like Jesus? And why do we so quickly get bogged down in our own selfishness, sin, and futile efforts?
In this 6-part Bible study series, Dr. Les Parrott examines Jesus’s life and character traits to give practical definition to what it means to love like Jesus. The Holy Spirit invites us to trade detachment, exclusivity, judgment, fear, and self-concern for mindfulness, approachability, grace, boldness, and self-giving. He empowers us to love like Jesus, and frees us to experience genuine joy.
COMING CAFE CLASS
JAN 06 - FEB 24
Cold Case Christianity
(by J. Warner Wallace)
SESSION ONE: Don’t Be a “Know It All” and Learn How to “Infer”
Christianity is based on a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little or no forensic evidence. Learning how to apply cold-case investigative skills allows us to examine the evidence and discover the truth. Detective J. Warner Wallace discusses controlling presuppositions, understanding the difference between “possible” and “reasonable,” and employing abductive reasoning.
SESSION TWO: Think “Circumstantially” and Test Your Witnesses
By understanding direct and circumstantial evidence, we can better judge the strength or weakness of a case. The eyewitnesses of the Gospels observed uniquely powerful and memorable events and provided us with accounts that can be tested for reliability. In this episode, Detective Wallace answers: Do apparent contradictions between the Gospels make the Bible unreliable?
SESSION THREE: Hang on Every Word and Separate Artifacts from Evidence
Good detectives learn to pay attention to word choice. With no original copy of the gospels and differences between the ancient manuscripts we do possess, it’s crucial to investigate the many manuscripts available for the message of Scripture. If we know how to separate the artifacts from the evidence, how closely can we return the biblical “crime scene” to its original condition?
SESSION FOUR: Resist Conspiracy Theories, Know When “Enough Is Enough,” and Prepare for an Attack
Skeptics of Christianity challenge the nature of truth, demand evidential perfection, and employ a culturally winsome attitude. Understanding what’s required for a successful conspiracy is just one tool to combatting false theories and being prepared with tactics. How ready are you for attacks on the truth of Christianity?
SESSION FIVE: Were They Present?
Juries test witnesses for reliability. The first test is simple: was the witness really there? We can test the gospel writers in the same way. By recreating a Gospel authorship timeline, this evidence can evaluate the gospel writers and infer an early date of authorship. Were all four Gospels recorded early enough to have been written by eyewitnesses?
SESSION SIX: Were They Corroborated?
Both internal and external evidences support, verify, and corroborate the claims of the Gospels. Detective Wallace defines both internal (unintentional eyewitness support, names of cities, and individuals) and external corroboration (archaeology, ancient non-Christian authors). Are the claims made in the Gospels supported by both?
SESSION SEVEN: Were They Accurate?
Time often exposes eyewitness inaccuracy or lies. It’s important to examine the Gospels for honesty and accuracy over time. This “truth about lies” helps us evaluate the Gospel authors and their claims. If we apply the “chain of custody” concept, do we have confidence that the major attributes of the life of Jesus accepted as canon were described early and never changed over time?
SESSION EIGHT: Were They Biased?
Were the disciples lying about the resurrection? What did they hope to gain? Studying the issue of motive allows us to test for any eyewitness bias among the early Christians. Applying the three basic motives behind any kind of misbehavior (financial greed, sexual or relational desire, and pursuit of power), were the writers of the Gospels too biased to report the history of Jesus truthfully?