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February Forum: HOW TO DISCERN THE HIDDEN ASSUMPTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE THAT CONTROL YOUR LIFE

Posted: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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An Areopagus Forum with

Dave Richardson

President of The Assumptions Institute and
author of
Transparent: How To See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You

 

At the root of every person’s reasoning process are basic assumptions that control everything we say, do, and think. Similarly, there are assumptions embedded in every aspect of our culture that influence each of us every day.

Are you aware of these core assumptions, and how to detect and evaluate them? In this presentation, Dave Richardson introduces a Critical Assumptions Test that enables students and adults to discern the hidden assumptions in our culture that influence how we think and live. Based on his book, Transparent, he reveals a simple methodology whereby we can detect the faulty beliefs and values conveyed through our contemporary secular culture.

This methodology is a critical thinking skill that adults can teach their children. It is also a valuable tool to help adults follow God’s will and purpose in every area of their life. Understanding the power of assumptions allows us to discern lies and live more thoughtfully, more faithfully, and more consistently as ambassadors for Christ in the midst of our increasingly secularized society and culture.

February 16
7:30 PM

Perimeter Church, Johns Creek
Fellowship Hall

$10 Suggested Donation
(Directions)

January Forum: THE NEVER-ENDING JIHAD

Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

For 800 years after its founding in the 7th century the Islamic religion spread through conquest and subjugation, and over the past 40 years there has been a revival of Islamic expansion and influence in the world through mass immigration and terrorism. What is the magnitude of this threat, and what do Christians need to know about Islam in order to better understand the historical origins of the Jihadist agenda and what we can do to serve as a source of Light and Truth in the midst of a world that has become increasingly violent and chaotic? (more…)

“The Areopagus Update” for Jan/Feb 2017 is now available

Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016

areop-update-jan-2017-thumbThe Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization. As the historian Rudolph Heinze has written, “The changes that occurred were so radical that a medieval Rip van Winkle who went to sleep in 1350 and woke up in 1650 would not recognize the world as the same one in which he was born.” Running concurrent with the Reformation was the emergence in Europe of powerful new nation-states along with radical new political ideas that emphasized civil liberties, religious tolerance, the separation of church and state, and the end to royal absolutism. This was also the “Age of Discovery” in which a whole new part of the world was opened up for exploration and colonization as well as the beginning of the “Scientific Revolution” that would forever alter the mindset of Western societies.

Read the full PDF newsletter here

2017 Protestant Reformation Tour

Posted: Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of The Protestant Reformation with Dr. Breshears and Christian Heritage London

April 28 – May 11, 2017 or
September 15 – 28, 2017

Next year, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. You can celebrate this important event in Christian history by visiting many of the sites where it actually happened. Dr. Breshears will be leading two separate tours during 2017 to historic locations throughout Switzerland, Germany, England and Scotland.

Switzerland

  • Historic Geneva
  • St. Pierre’s Cathedral
  • Calvin Auditorium
  • Calvin’s Academy
  • Reformation Museum
  • Reformation Wall

England

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Martin in the Fields
  • London
  • Cambridge
  • Canterbury
  • Oxford

Germany

  • Worms
  • Heidelberg
  • University Church
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Augustinian Monastery
  • Wittenburg Castle Church, and its famous door
  • Berlin

Scotland (optional)

  • Edinburgh
  • Magdalen Church
  • Greyfriar’s Church and Cemetary
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • John Knox House
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St. Andrews

All details and full itinerary are available in the PDF pamphlet available here.

October Forum: The Future of Religious Freedom in America

Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Travis Barham
Attorney
Alliance Defending Freedom

Religious liberty is the bedrock principle upon which our country was founded, but that principle is increasingly under attack by a coalition of secular forces that want to ban Christian beliefs from our public square and limit freedom of religion to mere “freedom of worship.”

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October 2016 Edition of “The Areopagus Update”

Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016

Our bimonthly newsletter “The Areopagus Update” is now available for October 2016!

The Most Important Election of our Lifetime

areopagus-update-oct-2016-thumbIn just a few weeks our nation will select a man or woman who will become the 45th president of the United States of America. Whomever we elect will take the helm of a nation that has grown increasingly hostile and intolerant of the very foundation and principles upon which it was so nobly founded – the Christian faith and Biblical values.

That’s why I believe this election is the most significant since Abraham Lincoln was chosen to guide a divided country through a bloody and protracted civil war.

Click here to read the full PDF Newsletter for free

“The Areopagus Update” for Aug/Sept 2016

Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Upcoming Presidential Election: What’s At Stake

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Only the most ignorant, naive, or hopelessly partisan Americans would consider either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be an ideal candidate for president of the United States. Both are seriously flawed in terms of their character and their temperament. So why support either one of them? Very simply, there are several factors to consider.

Read the full PDF newsletter here…

Summer Presentation: The Late Great Jesus Movement

Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016

THE LATE GREAT JESUS MOVEMENT:
The inspiring story, the music, and the legacy of one of the most unique and creative revivals in American history

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A Special Areopagus Presentation by

Dr. Jefrey Breshears

Eric Smith

Dr. Richard G. Howe

A presentation based on Dr. Breshears’ study guide, “The Jesus Movement Revisited”

“The Jesus movement of the late 1960s and early ‘70s was a response not only to the social, political and cultural upheavals of the time, but the relative staleness and sterility of mainstream institutional Christianity as well. In some respects it was the youth-oriented manifestation of a much larger spiritual phenomenon that was sweeping over the religious landscape, the charismatic renewal movement, but the Jesus movement was more energized and creative – and considerably more interesting….”

– Jefrey D. Breshears, The Jesus Movement Revisited

—– SATURDAY, JULY 23 —-
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Mt. Bethel Community Center
*New Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 108*

$20/person or $30/couple

Includes Dr. Breshears’ “The Jesus Movement Revisited” study guide and Chick-fil-A dinner

Godless Universe: An Interview with Physicist Sean Carroll and a Response from The Areopagus by Bruce Phillips

Posted: Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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From the article…

It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or ghosts, or human souls that reside outside of the body. Everything in existence belongs to the natural world and is accessible to science, he argues. In his new book “The Big Picture: On the Origin of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself,” out this week from Dutton, Carroll describes a guiding philosophy along these lines that he calls poetic naturalism. It excludes a supernatural or spiritual realm but still allows plenty of room for life to have a purpose…

The Original Interview:

Housed at Scientific American

A PDF transcription of the original interview

The Response from Bruce Phillips:

PDF Document

May Forum with Dr. George Yancey: Christianophobia

Posted: Friday, May 6th, 2016

Christianophobia: Anti-Christian Bias and Discrimination in American Education and Culture

 

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Dr. George Yancey (more…)