August “Books & Culture” Event: Psychology as Religion

For the August installment of our Books & Culture presentations, George Weaver will lead a discussion on “The State of the Culture,” and Larry Dougherty will review the modern classic by Paul Vitz, “Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship.”

A modern classic, Paul Vitz’s “Psychology as Religion” is a thoughtful critique of modern psychology and an indictment of the values of the “me generation.” Focusing on the popular theories that derive from secular humanism, Vitz, a distinguished Christian psychology professor at NYU, offers a careful analysis of the scientific, philosophical, ethical, and religious presuppositions that underlie much of modern psychology.

“This is the first book by a competent psychologist which analyzes the latest trends in the psychology of selfism over against the wider field of basic human values, personal and social.”

– Malachi B. Martin

Thursday, Aug 13
Mt. Bethel Community Center
Marietta, GA

FALL SEMINAR BEGINS AT JFBC: How to Share Your Faith and Values Effectively with Non-Believers

Taught by Dr. Jefrey Breshears and Bruce Phillips, this 12-week seminar course is ideal for Christians who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith so as to be prepared to explain and defend what they believe and why they believe it.

*Please note that this class will also be offered at Perimeter Church in the Fellowship Hall, starting Tuesday Sep 1 at 7pm.

**There is a tuition fee for this course, details forthcoming. Registration will take place immediately before the first session.

Wednesdays, starting Aug 19
7:00 pm
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Room 108

Ongoing Sunday Morning Class: Christianity Through the Centuries

Dr. Jefrey Breshears’ systematic, in-depth study of Christian history will focus on the Constantinian era (c. 300-450), one of the most important and influential periods in all of Christian history.

Sundays, starting Aug 16
11:15 am
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Aug/Sept Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

Why Young Adults are Leaving the Church

The Areopagus Update for May/June 2015In an article entitled “Why College Students Are Really Leaving the Church,” Klinton Silvey, a young Christian apologist and the founder of Life-in-Progress Ministries, makes several points that should be taken seriously. You’ve probably read articles on why most Millennials drop out of church after high school, and the reasons typically range from “They were never really saved in the first place” or “They don’t understand the importance of Christian fellowship: to “We need to make church more relevant or interesting for youth” (which often means, “We need to make church more exciting and fun”).

While there may be some truth in each of these reasons, they miss the two most formidable challenges facing young Christians today: the moral climate in our universities (and in our culture in general), and the intellectual challenges they will face after high school.

Read the PDF version here

May/June Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

The Areopagus Update for May/June 2015A suggestion: If you’ve never read Richard Foster’s modern classic, Celebration of Discipline, or conscientiously sought to incorporate the traditional spiritual disciplines into your lifestyle, dedicate this summer to exploring the rich heritage of contemplative Christian spirituality

Read the PDF version here

Books & Culture: Review and Discussion of “Cold Case Christianity”

A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospel

A review and critique by Eric Smith

Written by J. Warner Wallace, an L.A. County homicide detective and a former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the techniques and skills of a skeptical criminal investigator.

Christianity is analogous to a “cold case”: it makes claims about a person and an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence.

“Cold-Case Christianity is simply the most clever and compelling defense I’ve ever read for the reliability of the New Testament record. Case closed.”

— Gregory Koukl,
author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Thursday, June 4th, 7:30pm
Mt. Bethel Community Center
4608 Lower Roswell Rd. – Marietta

Forum April 25: Dr. Paul Copan on “Divine Justice”

Areopagus Forum April 25: Divine Justice

The Israelite conquest of Canaan is one of the most controversial accounts in the Bible and one of the most problematic issues in Christian apologetics. Skeptics often cite this “genocide” of the native Canaanites to argue that the God of the Bible is just as wrathful, vindictive and cruel as the gods of any other religion, including Islam.

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“Restoring All Things” Presentation

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March 19th Forum: Do we need God to be Good?

A Dialog With

Dr. Richard Howe
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics
Southern Evangelical Seminary


Dr. Melvyn Fein
Professor of Sociology
Kennesaw State University

March 19
7:30 pm
Fellowship Hall
Perimeter Church, John’s Creek GA

March 11th Forum with Iraj Ghanouni

Please note that this event is now taking place in Room 105*
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