Two Special Forums in November

— THURSDAY, NOV 9th—

Rod Dreher

How To Be a Christian in
a Society That No Longer Is

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Rod Dreher

— THURSDAY, NOV 16th—

Ken Myers

“Repairing the Damage
of Modern Culture”

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Perimeter Church / 7:30 PM
$5 students / $10 adults / $15 per couple
collected at the door

November Forum :: Rod Dreher

Forum

— THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th—

Rod Dreher

Author of the best-seller, “The Benedict Option”

Rod Dreher

How To Be a Christian
In a Society That No Longer Is

Rod Dreher’s recently published best-seller, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, is not only the most discussed Christian book of 2017 but also one of the most important and relevant books in recent years.

As informative and disturbing as it is inspiring, The Benedict Option is a clarion call for Christians to awaken from their cultural slumber. American culture is rapidly collapsing, and anti-Christian forces are increasingly aggressive in their attacks on Christian values and beliefs. Whether we prefer to acknowledge it or not, there is a ferocious culture war in America today. Furthermore, it is a war that Christians and other social conservatives will lose decisively unless there emerges a spiritual and moral revival that is unprecedented in its scope and depth and effect.

Dreher, the senior editor at The American Conservative, articulates a message that is as obvious as it is simple: There is something drastically wrong with status quo Christianity. Things must change as we face the troubled times and unprecedented challenges that lie ahead. But just as our society and culture grow increasingly dark and dysfunctional, new opportunities emerge for Christians to be a source of great Light and Truth.

Check out Rod Dreher at theamericanconservative.com/dreher and at wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Dreher.

Thursday, November 9th / 7:30 PM
Perimeter Church / Ministry Center
$5 students / $10 adults / $15 per couple
collected at the door

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The Benedict Option: A Necessary Preface

by Jefrey D. Breshears

In the course of reading reviews and listening to comments over the past couple of months regarding Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, it has occurred to me that some kind of Preface needs to precede any kind of thoughtful and focused discussion of the book. In particular, there are three basic questions that should to be addressed in order to clearly understand Dreher’s thesis and his seminal arguments. Unless there is a consensus agreement on these issues, any discussion and debate on the relative merits of the book are probably futile.

Read the full PDF article here

November Forum :: Ken Meyers

Forum

— THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th—

Ken Myers

Founder, host and producer of The Mars Hill Audio Journal

“Repairing the Damage of Modern Culture”

How can Christians live more thoughtfully, more responsibly, and more effectively in the midst of a society and culture that has become increasingly toxic and immoral?

Ken Myers is the longtime host and producer of the highly-
acclaimed Mars Hill Audio Journal and one of the most perceptive Christian cultural observers of the past 25 years.

Check out Ken Myers at https://marshillaudio.org/page/about#ken-myers

Thursday, November 16th / 7:30 PM
Perimeter Church / Fellowship Hall
$5 students / $10 adults / $15 per couple
collected at the door

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Forum: The Protestant Reformation

Forum

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 500th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

A special Areopagus presentation by

Dr. Jefrey Breshears

Christian historian, author, and president of The Areopagus

“What Every Christian Should Know About the Reformation”
The causes and legacy of one of the most significant
and momentous events in Christian history.

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October 2017 Forum

Forum

— THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th—

Dr. Rob Bowman

Executive Director, The Institute for Religious Research

Dr Rob Bowman

“Why The Reformation Happened,
and Why It Still Matters Today”

The Protestant Reformation began in 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, as an effort to reform the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Now, 500 years later, our civilization has become a virtual religious potpourri – a multi-cultural and pluralistic society in which Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Eastern religions, and various cults all occupy the public square along with atheism, agnosticism, and various forms of religious skepticism.

Are the issues that sparked the Reformation still relevant, and if so, how should evangelical Protestants think about the Reformation and communicate their faith in the midst of our contemporary culture that celebrates pluralism and diversity?

In this presentation, Rob Bowman, executive director of the Institute for Religious Research, examines these and other questions related to the two principle issues of the Reformation: the gospel and the authority of Scripture. Join us for this most informative presentation on the significance and the relevance of the Reformation.

Perimeter Church / 7:30 PM
$5 students / $10 adults / $15 per couple

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The Areopagus Update – Oct/Nov 2017 Newsletter

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“Why a Reformation Was Necessary Then… and Now

by Jefrey D. Breshears

I returned a week ago from our Areopagus-sponsored Reformation History Tour. As anticipated, it was an inspiring experience as we visited many of the key sites associated with this momentous period in Christian history – Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, Zurich, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge universities, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, and many others where committed Christians worked so passionately and fearlessly to restore their vision of New Testament Christianity despite great opposition from the established church of their day.

Being there, it not only expanded and enriched my historical consciousness of this transformative era but further emphasized just how informed, how equipped, and how engaged we need to be regarding the great challenges facing us currently in America.

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Three Special Forums This Fall

Forum— THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th—

Dr. Rob Bowman

Executive Director, The Institute for Religious Research

Dr Rob Bowman

“Why The Reformation Happened,
and Why It Still Matters Today”


— THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th—

Rod Dreher

Author of the best-seller, “The Benedict Option”

Rod Dreher

How To Be a Christian
In a Society That No Longer Is


— THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th—

Ken Myers

Founder, host and producer of The Mars Hill Audio Journal

“Repairing the Damage of Modern Culture”


 

Perimeter Church / 7:30 PM
$5 students / $10 adults / $15 per couple

 

 

The Areopagus Update – Aug/Sept 2017 Newsletter

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“The Benedict Option” A Necessary Preface

by Jefrey D. Breshears

Our Areopagus Dinner & Dialogue series this summer focused on Rod Dreher’s new book, The Benedict Option. Dreher is a writer and senior editor at The American Conservative blogsite, and The Benedict Option is one of the most relevant and important Christian books in recent years. Not only has the book sparked considerable interest, but also considerable controversy. In the course of reading reviews and listening to comments over the past several months related to The Benedict Option, it occurred to me that some kind of Preface needed to precede any  thoughtful and focused discussion of the book.

In particular, there are three basic questions that should be addressed in order to clearly understand Dreher’s thesis and his seminal arguments. Unless there is a consensus agreement on these issues, any discussion and debate on the relative merits of the book are probably fruitless and futile. The following is a condensed version of my article, “The Benedict Option: A Necessary Preface” that I distributed to the class and is now posted on our website at www.TheAreopagus.org.

1. Is American culture getting better or worse? Since cultural deterioration is a fundamental assumption of Dreher’s book, this is an issue on which readers should be clear. For most traditional Christians, the answer to this question would appear to be an obvious “no-brainer.”  The massive expansion of the welfare state over the past 50 years along with dramatic increases in crime, drug abuse, civil unrest and disrespect for authority, pornography, sex trafficking, abortion, divorce, the illegitimate  birthrate, cohabitation, homosexuality, the pervasive promotion of moral decadence in mainstream entertainment, and declining standards in most every area of civic and cultural life should be sufficient to convince all but the most unobservant that America is in a perilous state.

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FALL SEMINARS 2017: The Reformation

Reformation

Two new classes beginning in mid-August:
Wednesdays, Aug. 16 – Nov. 15
7:00-8:30 PM
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 108
 — and —
Tuesdays, August 15 – Nov. 14
7:00-8:30 PM
Perimeter Church, The Ministry Center

Text:
There is no official textbook for this course.  For a list of recommended readings, see the course syllabus.

Supplemental Notes:
A complete set of detailed outline notes will be provided for this course.  A spiral-bound Study Guide of the course is available for $15.

Course Fee:
$60 / $100 per couple (not including the Study Guide).  No advance registration is necessary.

“The Reformation Era” is an in-depth, two-part series that focuses on the major people, issues and events associated with this momentous period in Christian history.

The Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization.  Protestant Christians look back at this period as a kind of Golden Age in which heroic figures such as Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, Menno Simons and others emerged to challenge the Roman Catholic Church’s dominance over the religious, social and cultural life of Europe.  Understandably, Catholics view it differently.  For them, the Reformation ruptured the unity in the Body of Christ that had prevailed for more than a thousand years and led to the unfortunate fragmentation of Western Christianity into innumerable splinter groups.

With 2017 being the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, it will be discussed and debated extensively throughout the year.  In the course of our study we will address issues such as “Was the Reformation necessary?” and “What are the issues that continue to divide Catholic and non-Catholic Christians today?”  This seminar will provide you with the necessary knowledge to understand what issues were at stake and why the Reformation was essential.