July 7th, 2014
May 21st, 2014
When the Music Mattered
A Retrospective Series on the Social, Political, Spiritual, and Existential Themes in the Music of the 20th Century’s Most Significant and Influential Recording Artists
Join us for this special summer series as we review and critique the life and music of some of the most important singer/songwriters and recording artists of the 20th century who had such a profound influence on the art, the culture and the values of American society.
MT. BETHEL COMMUNITY CENTER
Get up to speed for the first discussion on May 31 by reading this PDF article on Woody Guthrie by Dr. Breshears
May 13th, 2014
A Testimonial to Faith and Courage
by Jefrey Breshears
One morning in late January, 1998, I walked into a classroom at Georgia State University to deliver a lecture in my Modern U.S. History course on the origins of the Cold War. Just as I was getting ready to start, a knock came at the door. An interruption like this was unusual, but when I walked over to open the door, a young woman stood looking at me, and with a hint of slight self-consciousness she asked, “Professor Breshears, can I talk to you for a minute?” This was a rather odd request and odd timing, but something compelled me to step out into the hall and shut the door behind me.
She immediately began by saying, “You probably don’t remember me [I didn’t], but I was in one of your classes two years ago. After class one day, we had a talk. I had just found out that I was pregnant, and it seemed like my whole world was falling apart. I wasn’t married, I didn’t know what to do…
May 5th, 2014
New Reasons To Doubt Darwin
Two books come close to defining the current discussions around Intelligent Design, both by Stephen Meyer. In the first, “Signature in the Cell,” Meyer sets out the case for Intelligent Design based on the kind of information we find in DNA. In his more recent work, “Darwin’s Doubt,” he takes this argument several steps further and looks at the complexity involved in creating new animal forms compared to the incredibly short time period over which most forms show up in the fossil record.
It’s difficult to understand the complexity, marvel at the “burst” of animal forms 500 million years ago, and not conclude that there was more going on than random mutation and natural selection as the orthodox Darwinists would maintain.
April 1st, 2014
A Response to Bishop Sano’s “Call to Biblical Obedience”
by Ben Witherington
(Edited by Dr. Jefrey Breshears)
It was with great sadness, and dismay, that I read the recent article by Bishop Sano, a retired bishop of the UMC, which can be found here, at this site – http://www.pnwumc.org/news/biblical-obedience/. I find it sad not only because Bishop Sano is in fact calling for the very opposite of ‘Biblical Obedience’. I find it sad because he mistakenly thinks that a matter of sexual ethics and sexual behavior is somehow a ‘justice’ issue, when it absolutely is not. The very logic of Scripture is turned upside down in order to support an increasingly popular view of gay and lesbian sexual activity and gay marriage as well. The coup de grace for me was when Bishop Sano decided that we must support these cultural trends as an act of ‘Biblical Obedience’. As a NT scholar who has spent the last thirty five years of my life exegeting the New Testament and writing commentaries on all the books of the NT, this frankly was a bridge too far. So the following is the first part of my response, in four blog posts.
March 18th, 2014
This event has SOLD OUT!
No walkup admission will be available
Has science disproved God?
Or do new scientific discoveries actually
Find out on Sunday, April 6th at this special event featuring:
February 24th, 2014
Your DNA Is Not Your Destiny:
The Genetics Revolution
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
MT. BETHEL UMC / Room A18