The 2019 Chi Rho Lectures

Beverly Roberts Gaventa

 


 

Listening to a Pauline Letter (Romans in Particular)

Listening or reading a Pauline letter can be a challenge. How were the letters put together and who was Paul’s audience in Rome? Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Romans: It’s About God

The central feature of Romans is what God has done, is doing, and

will do. What is Paul’s concern with power, welcome, trust, and praise?

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

Romans: The Gospel for Jew and Greek (And What About Us)

Paul says that the gospel was written for Jew and Greek alike. How do Paul’s words speak to our current crises around human difference? Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

Romans: Christian Hospitality in a World of Difference

Paul writes “Welcome one another,” but this can be difficult where there are deeply held differences of judgment. What might we learn from Paul about Christian hospitality?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:45 am, Adult Education Hour, Central Lutheran Church

Pastor Laurie Jones

pastor-laurieA life-long Lutheran, Laurie A. Jones was baptized into Christ’s church on July 17, 1963. She is the third of four children born to Otis & Esther Jones formerly of Norwalk, CA. Her formative years were spent in Southern California where she was shaped by her family and her faith community. With joy, she practiced the discipline of weekly worship and took great delight participating in Sunday School and Luther League. Laurie confirmed her faith on June 13, 1971.

As a young adult Laurie worked In grocery retail, but her passion was working with Middle Schoolers as a volunteer youth minister at Christ Lutheran in Long Beach, CA and in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her ministry with Lutheran Church of the Servant, a mission congregation. It was there she completed her undergraduate studies, graduating from the College of Santa Fe with a BA

in Religious Studies before heading to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
During her first two years of seminary Laurie worked for the Global Mission Institute on campus and enjoyed the richness of connecting with international students from all over the world. She studied for an interim in Mexico City, spent a summer studying in Zimbabwe, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at University Good Samaritan Hospital before interning for a year at Maple Leaf Lutheran, Seattle. In her final year at Luther, she attended the World Council of Churches Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ordained on June 15, 1997, Pastor Laurie accepted a call to serve at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer as an Associate Pastor with special emphasis on Discipleship of All Ages. While there, she led an intergenerational mission trip to Fortaleza, Brazil and was part of a fact-finding team sent to Nicaragua on behalf of the South Dakota Synod. After three years serving at LCOOR on the prairies of South Dakota, where she discovered people actually do walk on water (at least during the cold, midwest winters when the lakes are frozen), she accepted a call to serve as Associate, and later Co-Pastor, along with Erik R. Wilson Weiberg at Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle where she has served for the past sixteen years.

Laurie finds joy whenever she can spend time with family, especially her three great-nephews and her great-niece who all reside in Southern California. She is a charter member of the Lutheran International Pinochle Society (aka LIPS) and travels to Mexico annually where the foursome convenes their games (rotating partners so all remain friends). In the in-between times she delights in all of God’s good gifts and enjoys swimming, reading, travel, and much laughter.

2016 Chi Rho Lectures – Carl Holladay

2016 Chi Rho Lectures 
November 11-13

Deepening the Church’s Sensibilities: Reflections on Acts

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Dr. Carl Holladay,

C. H. Candler Professor of New Testament and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University

 

 

 

Dr. Carl Holladay will be the 2016 Chi Rho Lecturer speaking on Friday evening, November 11 (at Central Lutheran Church), Saturday morning and evening, November 12 (at Northwest Christian University and then again at Central), and Sunday morning, November 13 (between worship services at Central).

Friday, Nov 11, 7:30 pm  at Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.

      Exploring Acts—The Shape of the Story

 Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 am–12:30 pm at Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

      A Sense of History: Roots and Origins

      A Sense of Inquiry: Searching the Scriptures

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 pm at  Central Lutheran Church

      A Sense of Community: Meals, Meetings, Networks, and Possessions”

 Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:30 am at Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education Hour

      A Sense of Mission: To the End of the Earth


 Carl Holladay’s research focuses on Luke-Acts, Hellenistic Judaism (Judaism in the Greco-Roman world), and Christology. He is the author of seven books, including A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ (Abingdon, 2005), which offers historical context as well as an orientation to religious, theological and ethical issues surrounding Jesus’ message, and is used extensively by seminaries and ministers. Holladay also co-authored Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook (Westminster John Knox, 1st ed., 1982), a widely used introductory text on exegetical methods, theory and practice, now in its third edition. His newest book, ACTS – A Commentary, will be available on September 23.

He has received several prestigious fellowships and professional honors, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, a Luce Fellowship, and a Festschrift titled Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay (Brill, 2008).

 If you would like to see a short video with Dr. Holladay, click on this YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2e8hQOzX0c

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Chi Rho Lectures 2015 – David Ford

 

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The Gospel of John for the Twenty-first Century

These lectures were given by Dr. David Ford on November 13 to 15th, 2015 at Central Lutheran Church and at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. For each lecture you can listen to the podcast and view the handout materials (for lectures 1,2, and 3).

 

Lecture 1: Loved (Friday, November 13, 7:30 P.M. at Central Lutheran Church)

Chi Rho Lecture 1 Handout Ford 2015

Lecture 2: Learning to Read the Gospel of John (Saturday, November 14, 9:30 A.M. at Northwest Christian University)

Chi Rho Lecture 2 Handout Ford 2015

Lecture 3: Learning the Live the Gospel of John (Saturday, November 14, 11 A.M. at Northwest Christian University)

Chi Rho Lecture 3 Handout Ford 2015 2015

Lecture 4: The Ongoing Drama – Following Jesus Now (Saturday, November 14, 7:30 P.M. at Central Lutheran Church)

 

Lecture 5: More Love (Sunday, November 15, 9:45 A.M. at Central Lutheran Church)

 

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Faith is about more than just believing what the Bible says. We are a body of believers and that means that we have Faith together as well as individually. Our Confirmation students need to connect not just with our beliefs and what the Bible says but with their church family.

We would love to have other members of Central Lutheran there to have discussion with our kids about what it means to be Lutheran and what it means to be a Christian. If you are a member of Central that has wisdom and insight into living a Christ centered life we want to have you there.

Confirmation meets between services from 9:45 to 10:45 every Sunday morning.

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