Every Sunday • In-person and Online • 8am, 9am, and 10:30am
January 15 – February 19 • 2023
You see the beauty of God and you can’t say no. But you see the messiness of religion and you can’t say yes. The awe and wonder of life make it almost impossible not to believe. But the ache and evil of the world make it utterly irrational to believe.
Maybe you were promised that Christianity would resolve life’s paradoxes and answer your deepest questions, only to discover that it unearthed even deeper and more unanswerable ones, like: Who is Jesus and why did he really come? What is salvation and what are we actually saved from? Who are Christians and why do too many of them seem so un-Christian? What is the Bible and how are we supposed to read it in the modern world? What is the meaning and purpose of life and where is all of this headed?
It turns out, Christianity is not a religion of finite answers. Christianity is an ongoing conversation about the infinite possibilities of experiencing God in the beauty and the mess of life, the awe and the ache of the world.
If you’re inclined to say no to religion, you can still say yes to the conversation. Join us for this provocative new series, “Why Christian”— a generous six-week conversation about how we might still find faith even when we can’t believe anymore.
January 15 • Why Christianity? • John 1:1-5
January 22 • Why Jesus? • John 1:10-14, John 5:19-21
January 29 • Why the Cross? • Philippians 2:1-11
February 5 • Why the Church? • 1 John 4:16-21
February 12 • Why the Bible? • Psalm 119:97-105; John 16:12-15
February 19 • Why Hope? • Isaiah 43:16-21
All Church Book Read: “Do I Stay Christian?”
Join the all-church reading/discussion project. On your own, read the book “Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed and the Disillusioned,” by Brian D McLaren. Copies are available in the St. Andrew book alcove or at online retailers. Then join any of the following options for discussing the book and sermon series.
Webinar with author Brian D McLaren and Rev. Mark
Monday, January 30 • 7pm MST / 9pm EST
Join the webinar conversation between Rev Mark and author of “Do I Stay Christian?” Brian McLaren about their respective thoughts on being Christian today. Bring your doubts and questions to the conversation.
If you’re watching at home, you must REGISTER for a personal link. If you are coming to the watch party at St. Andrew, no registration required!
Through The Eyes of Women: Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Amy
Fridays • January 27 and February 10 • 9:30-11am • Through The Eyes of Women
Women are invited to gather for coffee and conversation with Rev. Amy to discuss the book and where it intersects with their own journey and experiences of faith.
Zoom Discussion with Rev. Jerry
Mondays • February 6 and 27 • 6-7:30pm • Zoom
Open to anyone who wants to virtually attend and discuss the book with Rev. Jerry.
Register for Zoom Discussion
In-person Discussion with Rev. Jerry
Sundays • February 5 and 26 • 6-7:30pm • In-person
Open to anyone who wants to attend and discuss the book with Rev. Jerry in-person.
Register for In-person Discussion
2-3pm every Wednesday
This ongoing class will discuss the book with leader Ron Davis.
Sunday, February 5 • 10:30-11:30am
The Contemporary Issues Adult Sunday School class discusses current issues from a Christian perspective. Topics include book reviews, politics, the Bible, arts and more.
Zoom Discussion with Penne
Six-Week Zoom Discussion – starting Jan. 24
Tuesdays Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, (skip 14), 21, 28, Mar. 7; 8-9 PM
Please send your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link and syllabus.