LABS are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. following Wednesday Night Dinner.
April 19 - May 24 Offerings
Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle Paul a Racist, Chauvinistic Jerk?
Led by: Dr. James Petitfils
Why does Paul seem to behave badly - towards women, foreigners, slaves, and so many others? Unpacking Paul's personal history and cultural context, we'll study why so many people find the teachings of Paul often off-putting, if not downright offensive. Join Dr. James Petifils for a stimulating time painting a clearer picture of the Apostle Paul and his writings in the Bible.
Dr. James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish, and Christian discourse 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 Heaven and Hell
Led by: Stan Jantz
More people believe in heaven than hell. Can you blame them? Who doesn't want to believe in a place with no more sorrow and pain, where everything is eternally beautiful and perfect? And why believe in a place of everlasting agony? Join Stan Jantz for a conversation that will tackle your toughest questions about heaven and hell, including this one: Do heaven and hell really exist, and if they do, what does it take to get there?
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.
Moral Questions My Neighbors Are Asking
Led by: Dr. Scott Rae
Your neighbors, whether they are Christian or not, have questions. In fact, our entire culture is asking tough questions about moral issues. Dr. Scott Rae (Author and Professor of Christian Ethics at Biola University) will lead the discussion on topics like reproductive technology, assisted suicide, abortion, designer children, and issues related to sexuality. How can faith in Christ guide us through moral questions like these? Don’t miss the conversation that you – and your neighbors – want to have!
Dr. Scott Rae (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Talbot School of Theology. His primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women's Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals. He is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.
Sticky Faith for Parents - Encouraging a Faith That Will Stick With Your Child
Led by: Rev. Dr. Chap Clark
The world has changed. Growing up has changed. Today, when young people grow up, they often grow out of the Christian faith. In this frank discussion with parents, grandparents, and all those who care about children and teens, Youth and Culture expert, Chap Clark will guide us on how we can help our young people to grow a "Sticky Faith" - a faith in Christ that sticks with them through college years and beyond.
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.
Contact Karli Berkompas for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.574.2262.