Current Seminars

FALL SEMINARS 2017: The Reformation

Posted: Sunday, August 6th, 2017


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

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.

Winter/Spring Seminars 2017: THE REFORMATION

Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2017

What Every Christian Should Know About the Reformation


2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which was one of the most momentous and significant periods in all of Christian history.  The Reformation will be the focus of our Areopagus seminars and some of our forums this year, and we hope you can be actively involved in these events.

Click here for the syllabus for our winter/spring seminar, “The Reformation Era, Part 1.”  In addition to the major people, issues and events related to the Reformation, this course will also address topics such as “Was the Reformation necessary?” and “Why can’t the church be unified? What are the issues that continue to divide Catholic and non-Catholic Christians today?”

Please plan to join us for this seminar, beginning on

  • Tuesday, Jan. 10th at Perimeter Church; and
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11th at JFBC.

Also, I’ll be teaching other topics related to the Reformation in our Sunday morning class at JFBC beginning on January 8th at 11:15 in Room 270.

There is a tuition cost of $60 (or $110 per couple) for the semester of classes, but there is no advance registration required for the weeknight classes. Registration will be handled in person the first night of class.

ALSO… Keep in mind that we’re scheduling a Reformation History Tour for September 15-28 in which we’ll be visiting many of the key sites related to the Reformation.  For more information check our website at

Fall Seminar 2016: HOW SHALL WE NOW LIVE?

Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016


HOW SHOULD WE NOW LIVE? THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF LIVING IN ‘POST-CHRISTIAN’ AMERICA is a new Areopagus seminar that focuses on the current state of American culture and how Christians can live faithfully and responsibly in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christian beliefs and values.


Virtually every aspect of American life is being corrupted, and as our moral and ethical standards collapse so goes our economy, our political system, and our cultural institutions. For the time time in our history, even religious liberty is under assault.

Christians who know and care about what is going on are understandably troubled. As followers of Christ we are called to be a spiritual counterculture in the midst of what C. S. Lewis described as “enemy-occupied territory.” But to do this effectively we need to be prepared not only intellectually but spiritually.

Join us for this informative and important course as we consider the deeper implications of “How Should We Now Live?”

— Starting Tuesday Aug 16 —
Perimeter Church
Uptown Auditorium
7:00 – 8:30 PM


— Starting Wednesday Aug 17 —
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Room 108
7:00 – 8:30 PM

$100/Couple or $60/person
Registration takes place just before the first session

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

Posted: Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Taught by two fantastic Areopagus resources–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.

**There is a tuition fee for this course of $50 per person, or $90 per couple. Registration will take place immediately before the first session.

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


Tuesdays, starting Sep 1
7:00 pm
Perimeter Church
Fellowship Hall

Ongoing Sunday Morning Class: Christianity Through the Centuries

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015

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

Adorno and Marcuse

Posted: Monday, April 13th, 2015

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Winter Seminar Starts Soon!

Posted: Monday, January 5th, 2015

Our Winter Seminar begins this month!

The Worst Books Ever Written…
and Why Christians Should Know Them!

A new Areopagus apologetics seminar on the most influential books in modern history that have distorted reality, corrupted morality, and undermined Christian values.