Monday, November 9, 2015

Relaunch January 2016

Truth Seekers was on hiatus last fall. But we're super excited to announce that we're relaunching our meetings on January 10, 2016. Check out our new promotional trailer and please share it with a friend.


If parents want more details about the club, they can check out Krista's web site. That's where all the parental-type of info is located.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scientology || Cults, part 3

No live stream today. One of the students is teaching, but it's her first time and I have decided not to pressure her with being on camera.

In lieu of a recording this week, I'm recommending the HBO documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," for an introduction to the history and teachings of Scientology. It's available for rent via amazon.com.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Using History || History of the Church, part 3

This week we're wrapping up our series on church history. We're going to use an example from church history and see how it's used in modern political conversation.  This will help us learn how to take some steps to analyze the validity of someone's argument.



Opening clip from the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast:
  • Start at 04:25–08:40
    • What is the main point that President Obama is trying to argue? How would you summarize it?
    • What examples does he use to try and support his argument? Give quotes from the clip.

What would be some critical questions that we would need to ask about Obama's argument? How could we test or evaluate it?

Arguing from analogy:
  • How is President Obama using the argument from analogy? What two things is he comparing?
  • Argument from analogy:
    • Premise 1: Object P and object Q are similar in having properties A, B, C and D.
    • Premise 2: Object P has property A.
    • Conclusion: Object Q also has property A. 

Consideration of the historical background of the Crusades and the Inquisition (with Emily B., age 15)

Evaluating the argument: Is President Obama's argument valid?

Exploring the connection to a larger question: 
  • How do we make sense of situations when Christ followers do evil/violence in the name of Jesus/Christianity?

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

No Club This Week

No club today. Krista is preaching three times today at a local church. See you next week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Why Are There So Many Christian Churches? || History of the Church, part 2

We're continuing the conversation about church history. This week we're looking at the rise of Protestantism and its diversity of expression.

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General Outline:

Brief review from last time

Precursors to the Reformation:
  • Wycliffe (1331–1384) and Hus (c. 1369–1415)

1517 – Martin Luther
  • 95 Theses
  • Lutherans 
  • NOTE: One thing I forgot to mention here was the critical role that the printing press played in the rise of Protestantism. You can learn more about that by watching this cool video.

1525 – Anabaptists
  • Zwingli
  • Re-baptizers
  • Amish, Mennonites, Brethren
  • Pacifists

1534 – Anglicans
  • Church of England, Henry VIII
  • Puritans

1536 – John Calvin
  • Reformed, Presbyterians, and Huguenots
  • Predestination

1609 – Baptists
  • Separatists, Pilgrims
  • Re-baptizers

1738 – Methodists
  • John and Charles Wesley
  • Holiness, perfectionism

1901 – Pentecostals and Charismatics
  • Azusa Street revival 
  • Mid-1960s – Calvary Chapel
  • Mid-1970s – Vineyard
  • 1990s – Bethel/IHOP

1990s – Rise of non-denominational churches


Concluding Thoughts:
  • One VERY IMPORTANT observation I should have made (but didn't) is that while many Protestant churches are trying to get back to the "original" church (from the book of Acts), the Orthodox claim that they ARE the accurate representation of the early church. That's what Sia's message was basically all about in part 1 of this series. Now, we could debate our opinions about whether or not that's accurate, but it is an important point.
  • What are some down-sides to being a Protestant?
    • Individualistic
    • Divisive
    • Lack of accountability
    • Disconnected from history 
  • How can we overcome these weaknesses?
    • John 17:20–23 – Importance of unity among God's people
    • 1 Cor. 12:12 – Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each part of our spiritual family tree. 


Digging Deeper

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Sunday

No club today. We're all celebrating with our families.

He is risen!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The First 500 Years || History of the Church, part 1

This week we're starting a new series on the history of the Christian church. To help us get started, we have a special guest teaching us today, Anastasia Young. She is going to help us understand the early foundation of Christianity. 

Sia and her husband are members at St. John's Coptic Church. Copts are those Christians who come from Egypt and the church dates itself back to the apostle Mark.


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Opening:
  • What is our impression of what the early church was like?

Summary:

1. The early spread of Christianity

In Acts 2...

By the second century...



2. The structure of the early church
  • Leadership (bishops/overseers, deacons, etc.)
  • Church structures/worship 
  • Apostolic succession (passing on those "teachings" which were "received")
  • Unity of beliefs

Examples of second century churches:


3. The unity of the early church 


Digging Deeper:
  • Podcast: Searching the Scriptures, Dr. Jeannie Constantinou (great survey of the early church from an Orthodox perspective)