LABS are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. following Wednesday Night Dinner.
March 1 - April 5 Offerings
Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee
Led by: Dr. James Petitfils
What would Jesus do? According to the Gospels, a whole lot! He heals the sick, proclaims divine wisdom, and feeds the hungry. But he also calls a foreign woman a “dog,” flips tables in the temple, and urges folks to “hate” their parents. What’s the deal!? Dr. James Petitfils, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Biola University, will take you on a journey through the book, Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee. Join us for some raw, real and rewarding dialogue as we seek to wrap our heads and hearts around these paradoxical portraits of Jesus.
Dr. James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish, and Christian discource on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Meditteranean, early Christian martyrdom, and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot, and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature, and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, James has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Dr. Petitfils is happily married and has two young children. He enjoys surfing, family beach days, and burritos.
Answering the Toughest Questions About God
Led by: Stan Jantz and Chris Greer
Having questions or even doubts about God doesn’t mean your faith is weak. Instead, your questions—even the tough ones—can strengthen your faith if you are honest in your search for answers. In this LABS course, Chris and Stan will confront some of the toughest questions people are asking about God. How can you know God is real? Why does God seem so violent? Where is God when I’m hurting? Bring your toughest questions and we’ll explore them together.
Chris Greer serves as the Minister of Adult Ministries here at St. Andrew’s. He is a husband to Kerry, father to Jacob, a writer, and a recent graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Texas, he’s a big fan of everything from the Lone Star State and longs to help anyone and everyone know Jesus more deeply.
Stan Jantz is an author, the co-founder of ConversantLife.com and the executive director for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). He and Bruce Bickel are coauthors of more than 50 books, including I’m Fine with God... It’s Christians I Can’t Stand and the Christianity 101® Bible Studies. Jantz and his wife, Karin, met at Biola and have two children, both graduates of Biola. They live in Huntington Beach, California.
How Do I Grow Faith and Love in My Young Child?
Led by: Janice Zorn and Brieana Searcy
We will be using Love and Logic to explore parenting techniques that will help you raise responsible, respectful and faith-filled kids. Is it possible to enjoy your children even when they are throwing a tantrum in the middle of Target? Having a successful child is nice, but having a loving and kind one is even better – and helping that child grow into a kind and faith-filled adult is great beyond imagination! Using a mix of video, discussion, and dialogue and focusing on children eight years old and younger, parenting experts Janice Zorn and Brieana Searcy offer techniques that are simple and easy, teach responsibility and character, have immediate and positive affects, and lower your stress level.
Janice Zorn serves as the Minister of Tuitions Programs. She has served the families of St. Andrew's for over 25 years. Trained as a Love and Logic facilitator, Janice has taught classes for school districts, parent groups, and for staff development at local preschools. She has been married for 27 years and has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Janice is passionate about partnering with parents as they navigate the joys and challenges of raising kids.
Brieana Searcy serves as the Director of the Youth Center. She has a Christian Leadership degree from Vanguard University. Brieana has many years of experience in Children's Ministries at both St. Andrew's and Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. She has worked alongside children, youth, and families at St. Andrew's for over 15 years. She is married to Jeremy Searcy, a 3rd grade teacher, and has two children, ages 5 and 7. Yes, those are Janice's grandchildren also!
How to Read the Gospels for All They're Worth
Led by: Rev. Dr. Bryan Eckelmann
In your very large Bible, four small books contain the majority of what we know about the life and teachings of Jesus. Why did the Gospels get written? Why didn't Jesus write hos own story? And what about those books (often called "gospels") that did not get into the Bible? Most of all, how do these four books help us to understand the other 62 books of the Bible? With Bible study, interaction, and fun, we will consider these and other questions.
Rev. Dr. Bryan Eckelmann is the Senior Associate Pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, focusing on Biblical Studies, worship ministries, and congregational care. Bryan also has served as an adjunct professor of American Religious History at Vanguard University. He holds advanced degrees from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Church in the Crosshairs: Who Are We, and Why Does It Matter?
Led by: Rev. Dr. Chap Clark
While many Christians lament their standing in the world, today's culture offers a golden opportunity for living out our calling as the Church in the midst of the chaos of culture. How can we not only bridge the gap of trust between us and our neighbors, but also engage the hearts of those God loves, and practice our kingdom calling as the mark of who we are? This LAB will get right to the heart of who we are and how we're called to live as resident aliens in society.
Rev. Dr. Chap Clark is one of our Interim Preaching Pastors. He has been in ministry for over 30 years and is a well-known preacher, teacher, adolescent and family scholar, and author. Chap has been on the faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years, is President of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Family Services, and continues to work closely with the Sticky Faith and Growing Young movement at Fuller. He has also served as Executive Pastor and interim Head of Staff at Glendale Presbyterian Church and was the senior pastor at Emmanuel Church in Burbank. He lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife, Dee, and has three grown children.
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