Wrestlers Class Presentations

National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Wrestlers Class was founded in 1978 by Congressman John Dellenback

and Ms. Colleen Townsend Evans of National Presbyterian Church.

 

Spring 2002

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan. 6, 2002

Terry Schlossberg, NPC Elder, "Amendment A - Its Origins and Its Future"

Jan. 13, 2002

Dr. Emile Nakhleh, Government Senior Analyst, "Islamic Extremism"

Jan. 20, 2002

Terry Schlossberg, A "Wrestling Session" on Amendment A, one of the most controversial issues before the PC(USA) today.

Jan. 27, 2002

David Aikman, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, "Understanding Islam"

Feb. 3, 2002

Judi Harpel, NPC member and partner in Logos Christian bookstore, "Growing Mind and Soul with Books", life-changing books that have stood the test of time.

Feb. 10, 2002

David Laux, "History of the National Prayer Breakfast", which is celebrating its 50th year bringing together leaders from around the world.

Feb. 17, 2002

Betty Price, NPC member, "Why Should We Care about Fitness?" - Biblical foundation for nutrition and exercise.

Feb. 24, 2002

Betty Price, NPC member, "Why Should We Care about Fitness?" Part 2

Mar. 10, 2002

Dr. Forrest Eggleston, Board of Medical Benevolence Foundation of PC(USA), served as surgeon in India; now an active medical volunteer.

Mar. 17, 2002

Dr. Ron White, Dean of San Francisco Theological Seminary, "Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural" -- Lincoln's "Sermon on the Mount"

Mar. 24, 2002

Dr. Yvonne Haddad, Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, on "Women and Islam"

Mar. 31, 2002

Easter - no class

Apr. 7 -21, 2002

Dr. Jeff McCrory, NPC Associate Pastor, "Our Church Creeds: Their Orgins, Evolution and Meaning for Us Today" (3-part series)

Apr. 28, 2002

Jeff Sheler, US News & World Report correspondent and NPC member, "Archaeological Debates about the Exodus and the Rise of Ancient Israel"

May 5, 2002

Joe Loconte, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at the Heritage Foundation, assesses faith-based initiatives in "God, Government, and the Good Samaritan"

May 12 & 19, 2002

"Singleness", 2-part series

May 26 - Jun. 2, 2002

Pat Nolan, President of Justice Fellowship for Biblical Restoration in the US Prison System, "Work for Restorative Justice Where You Are", 2-part series

 

 

Fall 2002

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 15, 2002

Keith Wright, Exec. Dir., NPC Center for Leadership-- Discovering and encouraging young leadership

Sept 22, 2002

Bill Yoder, Presbyterian Church USA Seminary in Bangkok,Thailand.   C/o Claude Bennett, NPC Asia committee

Sept 29, 2002

Serge Duss on the Middle East

Oct 6, 2002

Fred Laughlin "Leadership Coaching" talking about his 20 year experience coaching a boys/mens soccer team and the life long benefits he and the boys received in the Christian context.

Oct 13, 2002

Environmental ethics topic

Oct 20, 2002

Dr. Mike Strauss, Program Director, AAAS, elder, 4th PC (1st of 3 part series on Science), Personal Encounters with Science Leaders

Oct 27, 2002

Dr. Susan Daniels, Program Analyst, NIH (2nd of 3 part series on Science) Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research

Nov 3, 2002

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, House Science Committee - Faith, Science and Service on Capitol Hill

Nov 10, 2002

Guy Jarrett and General Clay Buckingham and his wife Clara - evangelical efforts to the US, Russian and other military communities worldwide.   (Most armies in history have come  to rape pillage and destroy.  The Americans have left a heritage of ministry and evangelism.)

 

(Spring 2003 missing)

 

Fall 2003

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 14, 2003

“High and Low,”  General Jones will share his personal story as he grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was in a singing group called the Continentals, came to Christ, and became a General;   1st of 3 part series on Children at Risk, arranged by Sandi Ricci  

Sept 21, 2003

"Touched and Blessed," Priscilla will tell her story on how God has used her-- the vision and where its taken her, and the reality of the Vision coming to fruition; 2nd of 3 part series on Children at Risk

Sept 28, 2003

"Caught and Low,"  Marion Baurley, an attorney who advocates for kids, will be speaking on Children caught up in the legal system; 3rd of 3 part series on Children at Risk

Oct 5, 2003

"What is God Doing in Fairfax County Jail ...with the Sniper, hard criminals, and those with very light charges?"  Chaplin Arthur George, Head Chaplin at Fairfax County Prison, arranged by K Drew

Oct 12, 2003

Church retreat:  No class

Oct 19, 2003

Stewardship: Time, Talent & Money; Junior McGarrahan

Oct 26, 2003

“ Analysis of Episcopalian actions at their convention and the implications, similarities, and differences for the Presbyterian Church USA.” Diane Knippers, leader in the renewal movement of the Episcopal Church, arranged by Terry Schlossberg

Nov 2, 2003

International Missions; 1st of 2 part series arranged by Keith Patman

Nov 9, 2003

International Missions; 2 of 2 part series

Nov 16, 2003

Marine Major Scott Hawkins, Veteran of the recent Iraq war, has some gripping and real world experiences of the way God worked in his life to tell, arranged by Guy Jarrett

Nov 23, 2003

Family Heritage and Christian Faith (importance to share Christian heritage with others); presented/arranged by Ellen Goss

Nov 30, 2003

Thanksgiving Weekend; Family Heritage and Christian Faith; perspectives of class members

Dec 7, 2003

Spiritual Journey- Why a Christian Serves in Government; Les Crawford, Deputy at Food & Drug Administration; arranged by John K.

Dec 14, 2003

Homelessness (in DC/VA/MD; Rev Brown, Central Union Mission); arranged by K Drew

 

(Spring 2004 missing)

 

 

Fall 2004

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept. 19, 2004

Herma Williams, Associate Provost, Gordon College, "Global Suffering: Our Christian Responsibility"

Sept. 26, 2004

 Megan Johnson, The Growth of Islam, part 1  

Oct. 3, 2004

Jonathan Eastvold, Princeton University, The Growth of Islam, part 2

Oct. 10, 2004

No class

Oct. 17, 2004

Edwin Masese Machine, Kenyan International Fellow at Center for Leadership, "Perspective from Work in Sudan for four years"

Oct. 24, 2004

Rev. Junior McGarrahan, NPC Associate Pastor, "The Body Politic in the Body of Christ: Living with our Political Differences as Brothers and Sisters"

Oct. 31, 2004

Chuck Petty, corporate lawyer and former head of NPC Board of Trustees, "Viewing the Recent Scandals in Corporate Responsibility and Governance, in the Context of the Christian Message and Ethics"

Nov. 7, 2004

Priscilla Flory, "Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening"

Nov. 14, 2004

Rev. Junior McGarrahan, "Reading the Church's Vital Signs"

Nov. 21, 2004

John Knubel, "Corporate Ethics: Ethical Lapses"

Nov. 28, 2004

Ellen Goss, coordinator, "Sharing Family Heritage"

Dec. 5, 2004

Bill Spragens, "First Amendment Cases Involving Religious Freedom and Church-Government Relations"

Dec. 12, 2004

Jim McDonald, Bread for the World, "Hunger No More"

Dec. 19, 2004

Dr. David Abshire, Center for the Study of the Presidency, on the Center's "Civility Project"

 

Spring 2005 

 

           

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan. 9, 2005

Marsh Moyle, Missionary from Eastern Europe

Jan. 16 -  Feb. 13, 2005

Dr. Ann, White, "Protestant Reformation" (This 5-week course will examine the context and causes for the Protestant Reformation, its chief leaders, and the key elements of their faith and convictions.  We will explore the impact of the Reformation not only on churches and their character and emphasis, but also cultural, economic and political ramifications.)

Feb. 20, 2005

Paul Kengor, Grove City College Associate Professor of Political Science, discussing his two recent books "God and Ronald Reagan" and "God and George W. Bush"

Feb. 27, 2005

Joe Laconte, Hermitage Foundation Fellow, "Christian Realism and the War on Terrorism", author of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm

Mar. 6, 2005

Dr. Ann White, "Protestant Reformation", conclusion

Mar. 13, 2005

?

Mar. 20, 2005

Dr. Joe Coalter, Director and Research Librarian for the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, "Current State and Issues for the PC(USA)"

Mar. 27, 2005

Easter - no class

Apr. 3, 2005

?

Apr 17, 2005

J. Theodore Anderson, Director, NPC Library and Archives, "Religion, Education and the Church Library

[Christian Education resources at Culbertson Memorial Library and books as education tool for today's society]

Apr 24, 2005

 Howard Frost, "Our Names for Jesus: Christological Titles in the Synoptics" [Explore the background for the principal names Jesus and others used to apply to His person and work in the Synoptic Gospels.  Will examine the traditional Hebrew and Greek understandings of the terms, the contemporary Palestinian background, as well as the meaning of these names for the early church.]

May 1, 2005

Center for Leadership Fellows

[Discussions with Fellows from National Presbyterian Church as they end their 2004-5 season]

May 8, 2005

Dr. Dale Matthews, MD, author, “The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer” and planned book on “Eternal Medicine”

May 15 -  June 19, 2005

Spencer Banzhaf, “Wealth, Economics, and Politics”

[Note: This 5-week course will begin with an overview of broad Christian perspectives on problems related to wealth and politics, including biblical sources, medieval theories of justice, modern Catholic social teachings, and Reformed thought.  Will then devote one lecture to modern, pragmatic economic theory.  Will then turn to a more discussion based model, using these frameworks to think as followers of Christ about specific social problems, including domestic poverty and unemployment, international development, consumerism, and the trade off between wealth and the natural environment.]

 

 

Fall 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 18, 2005

Terry Schlossberg, NPC Elder, "Presbyterians at the Crossroads: How Should NPC Respond to the Issues Before the Denomination?"                                                  Opportunity to hear overview on Removal of the current standards for ordination of pastors; New interpretations of the Bible; Abortion; Divestment from Israel; Recommendations of the Taskforce on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church-- and join discussion of what affects the future of the PC(USA) and how we at NPC can respond (What will our Presbytery do? What will our Session do?). 

Sept 25, 2005

John Bernbaum, President, US-Russian University in Moscow, “Russia”

Oct 2, 2005

Wrestlers 25th Reunion -   A Celebration and stories about Wrestlers heritage

Oct 9, 2005

David Laux, China expert/diplomat, “The Rise of China

Oct 23 - Nov. 20, 2005

Dr. Ann White:Varieties of Christian Friendship”                 
No one works alone for the coming of God’s kingdom. Across the ages Christian leaders have developed close and rewarding friendships and have relied on their friends, in good times and in bad. Using historical sources, including Scripture, this course will study the friendships of St. Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and other significant figures. All of these Christian leaders had reason to be grateful to God for one of his most splendid gifts to human beings-- deep and true friendships. We will discuss what these friendships of the past can teach us about Christian friendship and how they can enrich our own lives.

Dec 11, 2005

John Ed Robertson, The Navigators, mission to the US Naval Academy, "Cultural Challenges and Standards"

 

Spring 2006

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan 8 - 29, 2006

 

Dr. Herb Schlossberg, “Is it Possible for the Gospel to Transform Society: A Historical Investigation of the Christian Renewal of England      Revival of English Christianity in the second half of the 18th century after the country had in effect become neo-pagan.  Institute in Christian Studies class, 5 parts.

Feb 5, 2006

Dr. Howard Moon, "Welsh Revival and Christian Music in 1905"

Feb 12, 2006

Intelligent Design series:  Dr. Ted Davis, Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College; Honest Talk about “Intelligent Design” including main ideas associated with intelligent design, political and educational goals and strategies of the intelligent design movement, and the Dover School District trial. http://home.messiah.edu/~tdavis/    First of multi-part series

Feb 19, 2006

Intelligent Design series:  Nancy Pearcey,  Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at
World Journalism Institute and
 Author of Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Cultural Captivity  
http://www.totaltruthbook.com   Second in series

Feb 26, 2006

Intelligent Design series:  Herman Bouma and Jack Naughton --  Two Alternative Perspectives on Intelligent Design   

Mar 5, 2006

Intelligent Design series: Paul Arveson, "Discussion and Biblical Critique of ID"

Mar 12, 2006

Fellows from National Center for Leadership

Apr. 9, 2006

Steve Slater, The Navigators, "Insider Ministry in Russia"

Apr 23, 2006

Institute Class with Ann White on Women in Christian History.  Our Reformed tradition cast women in a new religious light -- as members of the priesthood of all believers, as students of scripture, as partners in a school for character (marriage). The Biblical witness says that women are men’s equals in God’s eyes. How has the Christian church interpreted this witness? We will briefly consider women in Christian Europe before the Reformation and then focus on the Reformation’s views of women. We will examine the ways in which Christian women and men interpreted their lives together in 16th and 17th century Europe, in Puritan New England, and in the nineteenth century United States. Five part series.

 

Fall 2006

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 17, 2006

Dr. Ron White, NPC Scholar in Residence;  "Abraham Lincoln: The Rhetoric of Religion" (3 part series): “Without the Assistance of that Divine Being” (Lincoln’s Farewell Address at Springfield, February 11, 1861)

Sept 24, 2006

Dr. Ron White;  Abraham Lincoln: The Rhetoric of Religion, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom” (Gettysburg Address,  November 19, 1863)

Oct 1, 2006

Dr. Ron White; Abraham Lincoln: The Rhetoric of Religion, “I claim not to have controlled events . . . God alone can claim it” (“Little Speech” to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864)

Oct 15, 2006

Terry Schlossberg, NPC Elder; Update on General Assembly issues:  Peace, Unity and Purity Report -- what the General Assembly did, and what the response is within our church, the presbytery, and society

Oct 22, 2006

Terry Schlossberg;  Update on General Assembly issues:  Source of the denomination's sexual standard for ordination and why it matters so much for some Presbyterians

Oct 29, 2006

Howard Moon;  Witness and Service of Church of the Savior:  Intense Committed Devotional Life with intensity of 1st Century Church  

Nov 5, 2006

Church of Savior member(s); Witness of Urban Ministry and Spiritual Growth 

Nov 12, 2006

Jean Coyle, NPC Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, Professor of Gerontology; “End of Life Issues"

Nov 19, 2006

discussion of elections from a Christian Perspective

Dec 3, 2006

Dr. Ann White – "20th Century Christian Heroes" – Bonhoeffer

Dec 10, 2006

Dr. Ann White – "20th Century Christian Heroes"

Dec 17, 2006

Dr. Ann White – "20th Century Christian Heroes"

 

Spring 2007

 

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan 7, 2007

 

through

 

February 25, 2007

NPC Strategic Plan, with discussion of its Strategic Themes and their implications

Series organized by Paul Arveson.

Themes include Discipleship, Leadership, Engaging Younger Generations, Healing & Reconciliation.

Speakers from both inside and outside NPC giving views on topics of our Strategic Themes.                           (These interactive discussions are distinct from internal activities to implement the NPC Strategic Plan).

 

 

Jan 7: Paul Arveson and Rick Hawthorne on “Overview of the new NPC Strategic Plan and the four Strategic Themes”

Jan 14:  John Sackett, Director of Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry in Baltimore, on Growing Committed Disciples of Jesus

Jan 21:  Kevin Offner, elder at Grace church and DC area Inter-Varsity campus, on Engaging Younger Generations

Jan 28:  Major General Don T. Riley, US Army Corps of Engineers, Director of Civil Works on Building Healthy Leaders

Feb 4:  Mary Ann Lyon, Healing and Reconciling Church

Feb 11:  Kathy Gathro, co-director, National Center for Leadership; Building Healthy Leaders

Feb 18:  Bill Maddox, National Presbyterian School Board member and parent: Engaging Younger Generations

Mar 4, 2007

Christ’s teaching on “What must I do to be saved”  Herman Bouma

Mar 11, 2007

Imperialism and Power, Howard Moon, ex-CIA analyst and Wrestlers Class member

Mar 18, 2007

Covenant versus Contract: Marriage from the Reformation to the Present-- the present day contract view of marriage in the context of our Reformation heritage; Dr. Ann White

Mar 25, 2007

Covenant versus Contract: Marriage from the Reformation to the Present;  Dr. Ann White

Apr 1, 2007

Marriage in the Present  - Professor Kathy Arveson, perspective from NPC marriage class, current literature, and real world couples

Apr 15, 2007

“Practical Christian Ethics for Challenging Times,”   Susan Schultz

       Session 1 (of 3 part series): Thinking about Ethics; Bonhoeffer as a Model

Apr 22, 2007

National Center for Leadership Fellows, coordinated by Doug Steele

 

Apr 29 &  May 6, 2007

 

“Practical Christian Ethics for Challenging Times,”   Howard Frost and Susan Schultz

       Session 2:  Developing the Analytical Framework; Trends in Contemporary U.S. Ethics
       Session 3:  Wrestling--Applying the Framework to a  Case Study

May 13, 2007

Personal Pilgrimage:  Stephanie Engel;                                                                                  “Confronting Hell:  A Single Mother’s Journey & Philosophy”

May 20, 2007

Missions / Personal Pilgrimage / Year-end Review

 

Fall 2007  

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 16, 2007

Mitch Gore, NPC Youth Program leader, “Youth 2007 Summer Mission Programs”                 

Sept 23, 2007

Dr. Howard Moon, former government analyst and professor,  “Books that Changed Lives” 

Sept 30, 2007

Jim Anderson, Director, NPC Library and Archives, How National became National – A history of the beginning of the National Presbyterian Church”                          

Oct 7, 2007

Terry Schlossberg, Executive Director, The Presbyterian Coalition, "Is there a need for reform in the Presbyterian Church?:  Current Issues and Renewal Initiatives"

Oct 21, 2007

Jerry Eisley, art collector and gallery owner, “Van Gogh and Hope for the Arts in the 21st Century" (first of 5 part Arts series)

Oct 28, 2007

Chaplain Ed Brogan of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains, “Long history of Presbyterian Chaplains”  (National Presbyterian Church established – Oct. 19, 1947; NPC Cornerstone Laying – Oct. 14, 1967)

Nov 4, 2007

William Swetcharnik, painter, and Sara Swetcharnik, sculptor, “Our art and how we seek to invest it with meaning and Christian sensibility”

Nov 11, 2007

Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin, National Prayer Breakfast, “China”  (based on her recent travels to China; part of series on people who have traveled internationally)

Nov 18

Jerry Eisley, Rachel Eisley and Sarah Demas,  "Art in the City" 

Dec 2, 2007

Gene Martin, "Promoting Peace Between Christians and Muslims in the Philippines" (part of series with NPC members who have traveled extensively recently to difficult places)

Dec 9, 2007

Betsy Forster, painter (with painting demonstration)

Dec 16, 2007

Jerry Eisley and Andrew Briggs, "Freedom in Creation: Child Soldiers No More"(Arts series)

 

Spring 2008  

 

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan 6, 2008

Dr. Ann White, "Free Will and Salvation: The Great Debate Between Luther and Erasmus and Why It Matters to Us Today."  Topic combines theology and history.            

Jan 13, 2008

Dr. Ann White, "Free Will and Salvation: The Great Debate Between Luther and Erasmus and Why It Matters to Us Today."  Topic combines theology and history. 

Jan 20, 2008

Herb and Terry Schlossberg, “Living Together as Presbyterians: How We Do Church in Order to Do Mission” (joint program with Institute for Christian Studies; four Sundays):

The Presbyterian Choice Among Many Options. Historical Ecumenism and How We Got our Start as Presbyterians

Jan 27,  2008

Herb and Terry Schlossberg, “Living Together as Presbyterians:” So What Does It Mean to Be “Presbyterian”? (and not Something Else)

Feb 3, 2008

Herb and Terry Schlossberg, “Living Together as Presbyterians:” The Way We Presbyterians Get Things Done: Who’s In Charge and How It Works

Feb 10, 2008

Herb and Terry Schlossberg, “Living Together as Presbyterians:” What Works and What Could Work Better. How Do We Reform Ourselves?

Feb 17, 2008

Dr. Joanna Jiang, health services research, Health and Human Services, and Mr. Jie Yu, Beijing-based writer,  "History of Christianity in China and Trends in the Development of  Chinese House Churches"

Feb 24, 2008

Howard Moon, Amateur musician and musical historian, “Christian Themes in African American Music:  Jazz and Blues
 

Mar 2, 2008

 

Terry Schlossberg leading discussion of Current PCUSA issues

Mar 9, 2008

 

Paul Arveson, NPC Elder, leading class discussion of what is going on in NPC as revealed in the Metanoia report  

Mar 16, 2008

Robbie Wellington, Wesley Theological Seminary,  “God’s Amazing Work in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Mar 30, 2008

Karl Pierson, "Workforce Ministries"

Apr 6 , 2008

John Bernbaum, President, Russian American Christian University in Moscow, "Progress at the Russian-American Christian University"

Apr 13, 2008

 

Jay Braitsch, Department of Energy Fossil Energy Program Manager, “Energy Issues and Energy Stewardship”

Apr 20, 2008

Robbie Wellington, Personal Pilgrimage

Apr 27, 2008

 

Dr. Susan Kendall, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Calvin scholar, "Reformed Spirituality Today",  Part 1

May 4, 2008

 

Dr. Susan Kendall, "Reformed Spirituality Today", Part 2

May 11, 2008

 

Dr. Susan Kendall, "Reformed Spirituality Today", Part 3

May 18, 2008

Dr. Susan Kendall, "Reformed Spirituality Today", Part 4  

 

 

 

Fall 2008 

 

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Sept 7, 2008

Rev. David Gray, Program Director, New America Foundation, "Neither Idleness nor Idolness:  Rediscovering Calvin and the Spirituality of Work Life Balance", part 1 of 5

Sept 14

 Rev. Gareth Icenogle and Terry Schlossberg, "Report from the PCUSA General Assembly" - Issues and ways to respond

Sept 21

Dr. Ann White - "What the Reformers Teach Us about Thinking, Praying, Living" p. 1

Sept 28

Dr. Ann White - "What the Reformers Teach Us about Thinking, Praying, Living" -

part 2

Oct 5

Rev. David Gray, Program Director, New America Foundation, "Neither Idleness nor Idolness:  Rediscovering Calvin and the Spirituality of Work Life Balance", part 2 of 5

Oct 12

Rev. David Gray, Program Director, New America Foundation, "Neither Idleness nor Idolness:  Rediscovering Calvin and the Spirituality of Work Life Balance", part 3 of 5

Oct 19

Holy Land Partnership - Bir Zeit Church, West Bank - Rev. Susan Wilder, Jessica Rodgers - Lois Herrmann, host

Oct 26

Holy Land Partnership - A Spiritual Leader from the West Bank - Lois Herrmann, host

 

Nov 2

Armenia Outreach Ministry - Howard Frost, et al.

Nov 9

Armenia - Ethical challenges and Teaching Ethics - Howard Frost, et al.

Nov 16

Moldova Marriage Ministry - Howard Frost

 

Nov 23

Rev. David Gray, Program Director, New America Foundation, "Neither Idleness nor Idolness:  Rediscovering Calvin and the Spirituality of Work Life Balance", part 4 of 5

Nov 30

Rev. David Gray, Program Director, New America Foundation, "Neither Idleness nor Idolness:  Rediscovering Calvin and the Spirituality of Work Life Balance", part 5 of 5

 

Dec 7

"Energy Stewardship - A Global View" - Dr. Ron Smith & Cyril Draffin, Howard Moon, host

Dec 14

"Energy Stewardship - A National View" - Jay Braitsch

Dec 21

"Energy Stewardship - A Local View"  - Paul Arveson 

 

 

Spring 2009

 

 

Date

Speaker and Title

Jan. 11

"Why Context Matters", Doug Greenwold, Director, Preserving Bible Times

Jan. 18

"Regeneration Ministries", Bob Ragan

Jan. 25

"Arguing about Scripture", Frances Gench,  NY Ave. Pres. Church (PUP Report Committee)

Feb. 1

"The Role of Religion in Post-Communist Russia", John Bernbaum

Feb. 8

"The Role of Christians in Building Civil Society in Russia",  John Bernbaum

Feb. 15

"Mendelssohn's Elijah: Lifting the Words Off the Page", Bruce MacLaury

Feb. 22

"Christian Embassy", Peggy McCracken

Mar. 1

"What the Reformers Teach Us about Thinking, Praying, Living (1)", Ann White

Mar. 8

"What the Reformers Teach Us about Thinking, Praying, Living (2)", Ann White

Mar. 15

"New Threats to Religious Freedom in the World: How to Answer?", John Graz, International Religious Liberty Association

Mar. 22

"Young Life Ministry in Washington DC", John Wagner

Mar. 29

"Red God, Blue God: Religion, Politics and the Media" - Mike Cromartie, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Apr. 5

"Personal Risk Management of Investments" - Eric Cassel, Economist & NPC member

Apr. 12

Easter - no class

Apr. 19

 "A Patriotic Primer" - Artists Sara & William Swetcharnik

Apr. 26

 "My Desires and God's Will" - Rev. Blaine Smith, Nehemiah Ministries     

May 3

"Our Magnificent Universe: Serving God by Exploring the Cosmos", Jennifer Wiseman, Goddard Spaceflight Center

May 10

"Calvin's Role in the History of Science", Paul Arveson

May 17

"Christians of Thailand and NPC: A Partnership Overview", Claude Bennett

 

 

Fall 2009

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 13

"NPC Current Assessment", Session elders Bruce Boyd, Kathryn Morgan

Sep. 20

" When Life Gets Rough: Lessons from Faith and History" (1), Ann White

Sep. 27

" When Life Gets Rough: Lessons from Faith and History" (2), Ann White

Oct. 4

"Christ and Culture: How Christians Relate to the World Around Them" (1),
Rev. Donna Marsh

Oct. 11

"Christ and Culture: In the World But Not Of the World" (2), Os Guinness

Oct. 18

"Christ and Culture" (3), Missionaries Keith Patman, John Wagner

Oct. 25

"Christ and Cosmology", Dr. George Murphy, Pastor and Physicist

Nov. 1

"Update on NPC's Youth Ministry", Mitch Gore, Dir. of Youth Ministry

Nov. 8

"How Do the Heavens Declare?", Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Astronomer

Nov. 15

“Theology in 2 and 3 Dimensions”, Paul Arveson

Nov. 22

"What to Do About Climate Change?”, Dr. Bob Fri, Resources for the Future

Nov. 29

"Upcoming PCUSA General Assembly Issues”, Terry Schlossberg

Dec. 6

"America's Strategic Threats: Terrorism, Afghanistan & Pakistan", David Low

Dec. 13

"The Birth of Jesus: The Greatest Story Never Told”, Doug Greenwold, Preserving Bible Times

 

 

 

Spring 2010

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan. 10

 "Where Wrestlers Has Been -- And Where are We Going?", John Knubel

Jan. 17

"Ethics and Financial Regulatory Reform", John Reich, Office of Thrift Supervision

Jan. 24

"Christian Resources in a Culture of Survivalism", Part 1, Dr. Ann White

Jan. 31

"Christian Resources in a Culture of Survivalism", Part 2, Dr. Ann White

Feb. 7

Cancelled due to snow

Feb. 14

Kevin Offner (I-V) and Jim Hagan (CCO), DC College Student Ministries

Feb. 21

"New and Old Resources in NPC Libraries", Jim Anderson, NPC Librarian

Feb. 28

"Religion and US Foreign Policy", Richard Cizik, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Mar. 7

"Spiritual Roots & Strategic Implications of Radical Islam", Part 1, John Knubel leads - DVD presentation

Mar. 14

"Spiritual Roots & Strategic Implications of Radical Islam", Part 2 - Ambassador  David Mack and Matt Duss, State Dept.

Mar. 21

"Why I Left Radical Islam", Dr. Tawfik Hamid 

Mar. 28

"Psychotherapy Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa", Dr. Ben Keyes, Regent University

Apr. 4

Easter - no class

Apr. 11

"Issues Facing the Next General Assembly", Terry Schlossberg

Apr. 18

"Reformed Theology & the Myth of Religious Neutrality", Dr. Roy Clouser, Part 1

Apr. 25

"Reformed Theology & the Myth of Religious Neutrality", Dr. Roy Clouser, Part 2

May 2

"Is Marriage Worth Defending?", Alan Wisdom, Institute on Religion & Democracy

May 9

"Science and Public Policy", Dr. Susan Daniels, American Scientific Affiliation

 

 

Fall 2010

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 12

"Russia Briefing: Can the Institute Make a Difference?", Dr. John Bernbaum

Sep. 19

"News from the PCUSA General Assembly, July 2010", Terry Schlossberg

Sep. 26

"Between Two Worlds", The Hon. Allen Clark, with John Knubel

Oct. 3

"Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: Will We Let It Hijack Our Faith?"(1), Dr. Ann White

Oct. 10

"Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: Will We Let It Hijack Our Faith?"(2), Dr. Ann White

Oct. 17

"Michael Polanyi's Christian Philosophy", Dr. Steve Garber

Oct. 24

"Civilizational Jihad", The Hon. Allen Clark

Oct. 31

"Bir Zeit - NPC's Mission in Palestine"

Nov. 7

"Afghanistan", Dr. Howard Moon

Nov. 14

"Cycle of Church Seasons and the Meaning of Time for Christians", Jim Tonkowich, part 1

Nov. 21

"Cycle of Church Seasons and the Meaning of Time for Christians", Jim Tonkowich, part 2

Nov. 28

"The Presbyterian Church of East Africa", Rev. Simon Githiora

Dec. 5

"National Energy Policy - What's Next?", Dr. Jay Braitsch

Dec. 12

"God said 'Let there be Electromagnetic Radiation'", Peter Tam

 

 

Spring 2011

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan. 9

Emmy Lewis, "Serving as an Elder at NPC - What have we done lately?"

Jan. 16

VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN(Ret.), "Ethical Decision Making" (part 1)

Jan. 23

Col. Art Athens, USNA, "When you're the finest, it's hard to be humble"

Jan. 30

VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN(Ret.), "Ethical Decision Making" (part 2)

Feb. 6

VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN(Ret.), "Ethical Decision Making" (part 3)

Feb. 13

VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN(Ret.), "Ethical Decision Making" (part 4)

Feb. 20

Tom Morgan, "Teaching Ethics in a Multicultural Society"

Feb. 27

Kerry Knott, Director, "C. S. Lewis Institute Vision: The Decade of Discipleship"

Mar. 6

Keith Patman, Wycliffe Bible Translator, "Ministry in Central Africa"

Mar. 13

Dr. Ann White, "Piety, History, and Personal Prayer" (part 1)

Mar. 20

Dr. Ann White, "Piety, History, and Personal Prayer" (part 2)

Mar. 27

Dr. John Bernbaum, "News from the Russian-American Institute"

Apr. 3

Bible Translators Mission Focus Day

Apr. 10

Dr. Bruce Douglass, "The Meaning of Reform in the Reformed Tradition" (1)

Apr. 17

Dr. Bruce Douglass, "The Meaning of Reform in the Reformed Tradition" (2)

Apr. 24

Easter - no class

May 1

Dr. Bruce Douglass, "The Meaning of Reform in the Reformed Tradition" (3)

May 8

Alease Johnson, Suburban Hospital, "Challenges of Faith in the Workplace"

May 15

Dr. Roy Clouser, "Can we KNOW that God is real?"

 

Fall 2011

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 11

Cyril Draffin, "Homeland Security - Ten Years after the 9/11 attacks"

Sep. 18

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 1: Evolving Views of Physics: Theological Implications?

Sep. 25

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 2: Stuff: What is it?

Oct. 2

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 3: The Anthropic Principle

Oct. 9

John Lee, Reformed Institute, "Responding to the New Atheists", part 1

Oct. 16

John Lee, Reformed Institute, "Responding to the New Atheists", part 2

Oct. 23

John Lee, Reformed Institute, "Responding to the New Atheists" , part 3

Oct. 30

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 4: Something from Nothing?

Nov. 6

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 5: Symmetry Lost, Found and Hidden

Nov. 13

David Siegrist, "God and the New Physics", part 6: Life: the Cell and Beyond

Nov. 20

Kathy Arveson, "Attachment Theory in Pastoral Counseling"

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving weekend - no class

Dec. 4

Walter McCabe, "End of Life Issues"

Dec. 11

Ann White, "Jesus as a Teacher Confronts Modern Anti-Intellectualism"

Dec. 18

Ann White, "Do We Have to Think to Believe?"

 

 

Spring 2012

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan. 8

“Why the Sudden Emphasis on Austerity?  What is the Connection to our Faith and our Families?”, John Knubel & Joe Rimback

Jan. 15

"The Windows of NPC", Jim Anderson & Ellie Heginbotham

Jan. 22

"Augustine on Faith and Works", Kevin Offner, Inter-Varsity Leader

Jan. 29

“Moldova Marriage Ministry Report”, David Wallace, Dr. Howard & Miley Frost

Feb. 5

“Our Situation in Moldova”, Mr. Valeriu Ghiletchi, Moldova Parliamentarian

Feb. 12

“News from the Russian American Institute”, Dr. John Bernbaum

Feb. 19

"The Book of Confessions of the Presbyterian Church", Dr. Ann White

Feb. 26

Croatia: Helping students face corruption, nationalism, and ethnic tension”, Dr. Howard Frost and NPC Croatia team

Mar. 4

“Armenia: Helping in the struggle against poverty and corruption in the world's oldest Christian country”, Dr. Howard Frost and NPC Armenia team

Mar. 11

“The Idea of a Christian Philosophy”, Dr. Roy Clouser

Mar. 18

“The Dutch Philosopher Dooyeweerd's Theory of Reality”, Dr. Roy Clouser

Mar. 25

“Japan, Jan. 2012” – Walter McCabe, NPC member

Apr. 1

Sherry Woods, Unique Learning Center

Apr. 8

 Easter - no class

Apr. 15

"Love Wins - a book by Rob Bell about the Fate of Every Living Person",
James Cubie, Reformed Institute

Apr. 22

"The Biblical Witness", James Cubie, Reformed Institute

Apr. 29

"How Christians have Viewed Heaven and Hell", James Cubie, Reformed Institute

May 6

"Philosophical Background of the Westminster Confession (1)", Paul Arveson

May 13

"Philosophical Background of the Westminster Confession (2)", Paul Arveson

 

Fall 2012

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 9

“Church and State 2012: Wrestling with the Issues”, Former Congressman George Nethercutt

Sep. 16

“Church and State 2012: Civic Engagement”, Hon. George Nethercutt

Sep. 23

"God's Ways Are Not Our Ways: Our Culture versus Biblical Reality" (1), Ann White

Sep. 30

"God's Ways Are Not Our Ways: Our Culture versus Biblical Reality" (2), Ann White

Oct. 7

“Mormonism”, Bill Burke (husband of NPC member Susan Burke)

Oct. 14

“The Barmen Confession & the New Pietism”, Rev. James Cubie

Oct. 21

“Congregation & Denomination: Allies or Foes?”, Rev. Joseph Small

Oct. 28

“How to Think about Faith and Politics”, Michael Cromartie

Nov. 4

“A Former Presidential Candidate Reflects on Faith & Public Life”, former Congressman John Anderson

Nov. 11

Post-election reflection panel  - Cromartie, Nethercutt, Anderson

Nov. 18

“Follow the Money: How the PCUSA’s Governance Challenges Mirror the Government’s Fiscal Cliff Predicament”, Elder John Knubel

Nov. 25

Thanksgiving weekend – no class

Dec. 2

“Transforming Society through Bible Translation”, Stuart Showalter, Missionary and Bible Translator, Burkina Faso

Dec. 9

“Peace Corps Work in Africa”, Esther Benjamin, Assoc. Director for Global Operations, Peace Corps HQ

Dec. 16

Prof. Michael Unger, “Meeting the Challenges of Development in Africa”

 

Spring 2013

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan 6-27

Special Unified Adult Sunday School  Classes

Feb 3

Ann White "Great Prayers of the Old Testament:  Twelve Wrestlers with God’s Word to God’s World” (part 1)

Feb 10

Lauren Homer, International Lawyer and Religious Freedom Advocate: “Removing Barriers to Religious Freedom Overseas:  the Holy Spirit is Our Secret Weapon”

Feb 17

Ann White "Great Prayers of the Old Testament:  Twelve Wrestlers with God’s Word to God’s World” (part 2)

Feb 24

Richard Parker, NPC Elder, “Praying Through Adversity”

Mar 3

Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin, “Recovering China’s Lost Christian Legacy”

Mar 10

Chaplain Margaret Kibben, USMC

Mar 17

Marie Clausen, NPC member, “After God Interrupts”

Mar 24

Dr. Howard Moon, “Religion in Early American History”

Mar 31

Easter – no class

Apr 7

Dale Hanson Bourke, “Ten Things You May Not Know About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

Apr 14

Dr. Stan Skreslet, “Christians and Muslims in Egypt after the Arab Spring”

Apr 21

Hon. David Mack, “Arab Turmoil and Impact on the Chr. Communities in the Middle East”

Apr 28

Paul Arveson, “Responses to the Muslim Document, ‘A Common Word’”

May 5

RADM Tidd, Navy Chief of Chaplains, “Faith and Policy in a Pluralistic Institution”

May 12

Tom Burnett, Biologos, “Science and Faith Policy in Washington”

May 19

Chris Seiple, Institute for Global Engagement, “A Christian Engages with Muslims”

 

Fall 2013

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 8

“Aquinas vs. the Atheists”, Prof. Jeffrey Wilson, Catholic University

Sep. 15

“Poets and Christians: Why Words Matter to Us All”, Ann White

Sep. 22

“Beyond Babylon”, Rev. Wilson Gunn, General Presbyter, NCP

Sep. 29

 "Reasons the Peace Process in Israel-Palestine May Succeed", Dale Hanson Bourke

Oct. 6

 “Science and Christianity: Reasons to Believe” (1), Dr. David Siegrist

Oct. 13

 “Science and Christianity: Reasons to Believe” (2), Dr. David Siegrist

Oct. 20

 “Science and Christianity: Reasons to Believe” (3), Dr. David Siegrist

Oct. 27

 “Science and Christianity: Reasons to Believe” (4), Dr. David Siegrist

Nov. 3

“Heaven”, Prof. Michael Root, Catholic University

Nov. 10

“Hell”, Prof. Michael Root, Catholic University

Nov. 17

“Purgatory”, Prof. Michael Root, Catholic University

Nov. 24

“Trauma Counseling in Kenya”, Dr. Kathy Arveson, Pastoral Counselor

Dec. 1

Thanksgiving break – no class

Dec. 8

“Understanding Early Genesis”, Dr. Roy Clouser

 

Spring 2014

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan 5-26

Special Unified Adult Sunday School  Classes

Feb 2

Jordanian visitors to the National Prayer Breakfast

Feb 9

“Global Food Security in Perspective”, David Lambert

Feb 16

“Job Skills for the Homeless”, Terry Flood, Jubilee Jobs, DC

Feb 23

"Is Christianity a Sensible Faith? A Biblical-Historical Perspective", Dr. Ann White

Mar 2

“Can the Russian Orthodox Church Embrace Democracy?”, Dr. John Burgess

Mar 9

“The Missional Church Movement”, Dr. Quinn Fox

Mar 16

“The Art and Heart of Miley Frost”

Mar 23

“DC College Ministries”, Jim Hagan, Coalition for Christian Outreach

Mar 30

“The Quest for the Historical Adam”, Dick Fischer, Smithsonian docent

Apr 6

“Christian Marriage”, Dr. Robert Wilken, Church History Professor, UVA

Apr 13

“Senegal: New Challenges and Perspectives”, Semayou Dial & Cheikh Niang, Embassy of Senegal

Apr 20

Easter – no class

Apr 27

“Malawi: New Challenges and Perspectives”, S. D. Matenje, Malawi Ambassador

May 4

“Barriers & Strategies to Address Girls’ Education in Africa”,
Drs. Jane Gore & Meghan Donahue, Peace Corps

May 11

“Solar Cooking for Sunny Countries”, Louise Meyer, Solar Household Energy

May 18

“The Dialogue between Scientists and Evangelicals”, Paul Arveson

 

Fall 2014

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 14

Mark Tooley, Institute on Religion and Democracy

Sep. 21

Mike Beidler, “Historical Adam – An Alternative View”

Sep. 28

Roy Clouser, Reformed philosopher, “What is Faith?”

Oct. 5

Ann White , “Argula von Grumbach: A 16th Century Model for 21st Century Christians”       

Oct. 12

Kevin Offner, “Ways St. Augustine Challenges Protestants”  (Ann White, facilitator)

Oct. 19

Warren Clark, “Middle East Issues” (Cyril Draffin, facilitator)

Oct. 26

NPC Strategic Plan Briefing – no class

Nov. 2

John Bernbaum, “Update on Putin’s Russia: What Lies Ahead and How Can Christians in Russia be Constructive?”

Nov. 9

His Excellency Igor Munteanu, Ambassador of Moldova

Nov. 16

Mr. & Mrs. McConnell, “How People of Faith Engage in the Ukraine Crisis”

Nov. 23

Mary Eberstadt, Ethics & Public Policy Center, “How the West Really Lost God”

Nov. 30

Thanksgiving break – no class

Dec. 7

Howard Moon, “The Effect of World War I on Faith in Europe”

Dec. 14

David Gardner, “Ethical Investing”

 

Spring 2015

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan 4-25

Special Unified Adult Sunday School  Classes

Feb 1

Jim Anderson, “Church History Resources of the NPC Library”

Feb 8

National Prayer Breakfast participants Eman & Safi Kaskas (H. Frost will introduce)

Feb 15

Kathy Arveson, “Trauma Counseling in Romania”

Feb 22

Jen Dunfee, Chaplain at NPS, “Teaching Other Religions to Christian Children”

(Postponed due to inclement weather.  Will be rescheduled for the fall term.)

Mar 1

Tom Webster, “Islam 101”

Mar 8

"Our Technocracy and Our Christian Faith: How Should We Relate Them?" (Surrogacy),

 Ann White

Mar 15

Linda Hunt, “Pilgrimage Through Loss”

Mar 22

Chuck Petty, “The NPC Fund for Charitable Giving”

Mar 29

David Siegrist, “How He Did it, Part 1: the Big Bang and Creative Destruction” 

(Cyril Draffin facilitates)

Apr 5

Easter – no class

Apr 12

David Siegrist, “How He Did it, Part 2: From Chaos to Complexity” 

Apr 19

David Siegrist, “How He Did it, Part 3: Genetics”

Apr 26

David Siegrist, “How He Did it: From Humans to Society”

May 3

Lisa Rindner, MSW LGSW, “Practical Advice on Matters of Aging”

May 10

Daniel Spiro, “Reclaiming the Name of God”

May 17

"Relating Technology and Christian Faith: The Implications of Genetic Testing”,  Ann White and Cyril Draffin

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Fall 2015

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Sep. 13

“The Church in Syria”, Rev. Boutros Zaour, Damascus, Syria Presbyterian Church

Sep. 20

“Teaching Other Religions to Christian Children”, Jen Dunfee, Chaplain at National Presbyterian School

Sep. 27

“Luther and the Christian Care of Persons”, Dr. Ann White, Professor of History Emeritus, Edmund Burke School

Oct. 4

“Vignettes from Iran”, Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

Oct. 11

“The Present and Future of NPC”, Ginny Beeson & Brian Julius, NPC Strategic Plan Team Leaders

Oct. 18

 “Cold Lessons from the Balmy Euphoria of the Arab Spring”, Hon. David Mack, Former Ambassador to the UAE

Oct. 25

“Faith and Digital Technologies”, Dr. Derek Schuurman, Professor of Computer Science, Redeemer University College, Ontario

Nov. 1

“Evangelize Today”, Dr. Allan Dayhoff, evangelism seminar leader

Nov. 8

 “Immigration”, Dale Hanson Bourke, author and NGO leader

Nov. 15

 “Reminiscence and Spiritual Health”, Donna Duss, RN MSN

Nov. 22

“The Paradox of Generosity”, John Gregg, NPC Clerk of Session

Nov. 29

Thanksgiving break – no class

Dec. 6

“The Final Destiny of All People”, Prof. Roy Clouser, Christian Philosopher

Dec. 13

“The Biblical Model of the Church: Has History Made it Obsolete?”, Dr. Ann White

 

Spring 2016

 

 

Date

Speaker and Topic

Jan 3-31

Special Unified Adult Sunday School  Classes

Feb 7

“Evangelical Ministries in Croatia”, Howard Frost 

Feb 14

“Ministry of the Washington Theological Consortium”, Larry Golemon

Feb 21

“Immigration: Why the System is Broken and What to Do”, Maria Kristofer 

Feb 28

“Ministry in India”, Michael Callahan

Mar 6

“And West is West”, Ann White

Mar 13

“Justification, Your Job, and the Kingdom of God”, Jon Wood (1)

Mar 20

“Justification, Your Job, and the Kingdom of God”, Jon Wood (2)

Mar 27

Easter – no class

Apr 3

 “Creation Care Theology: An Eco-theological Perspective”, Beth Norcross

Apr 10

“Creation Care: A Presbyterian Perspective”, David Kepley

Apr 17

“Christian and Islamic Theology: Compare and Contrast”, Tom Webster

Apr 24

"The Printing Press, the Internet, and the Kingdom of God”, Ann White

May 1

“Armenia”, Howard Frost

May 8

 “What is Randomness?  Does it Exclude God’s Action?”, David Siegrist & Paul Arveson (First in a series of 3 dialogues on science and theology)

May 15

“What is Reductionism?  How can it be Avoided?”, David Siegrist & Paul Arveson

May 22

“Natural Theology or Theology of Nature?”, David Siegrist & Paul Arveson

 

Fall 2016

 

Date

                                              Speaker and Topic

Sep. 11

“Fool’s Talk” – A discussion based on apologetics book by Os Guinness;

Paul Arveson, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sep. 18

“Love: the Ultimate Apologetic”; Dr. Art Lindsley, C. S. Lewis Institute and Vice President of Theological Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Works, and Economics

Sep. 25

“Faith & Politics: Continuing the Conversation (part 1)”; John Gregg, Clerk of Session, National Presbyterian Church

Oct. 2

“Faith & Politics: Continuing the Conversation (part 2)”; John Gregg, Clerk of Session, National Presbyterian Church

Oct. 9

“Lincoln’s Greatest Speech” (Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address), video of Dr. Ron White’s presentation followed by class discussion (part 1); facilitated by Cyril Draffin

Oct. 16

“Lincoln’s Greatest Speech” (Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address), video of Dr. Ron White’s presentation followed by class discussion (part 2); facilitated by Cyril Draffin

Oct. 23

“Science and Faith: Cosmic “Coincidences” that Shape the Universe”; Dr. David Siegrist, Biosecurity Engineer, MITRE Corporation

Oct. 30

“Science and Faith: Chemical “Coincidences” that Enable Life as We Know It ”; Dr. David Siegrist, Biosecurity Engineer, MITRE Corporation

Nov. 6

“The Declaration of Barmen and the Idolatry of National Leaders”; Dr. John Burgess (Professor of Systematic Theology since 1998), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Nov. 13

“Politics and the Hope of Discomfort: Living with Difference in Divided Times”, David Montgomery, NPC member, author and scholar in Islamic Studies

Nov. 20

“Status of Christian Ministry Opportunities in Russia and Ukraine”, Dr. John Bernbaum, NPC member, President of Russian American Institute

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving – No class

Dec. 4

“The Christian Roots of Religious Liberty” (part 1); Dr. Robert Wilken (scholar, journalist, and author of several books on religion and science; and currently on Templeton grant) University of Virginia

Dec. 11

“The Christian Roots of Religious Liberty” (part 2); Dr. Robert Wilken, University of Virginia

 

Spring 2017

Date

Speaker and Topic

Feb. 5

Prayer Breakfast speakers sharing about humanitarian work with Muslims in African countries

Feb. 12

VADM Lou Crenshaw, USN (Ret.), NPC board member, “What I Learned over Baghdad One Night”

Feb. 19

Fred Byus, Sr., NPC elder, “Reason and Faith”

Feb. 26

Dr. Ward Holder, Professor of Theology at St. Anselm College, “What does Calvin have to do with Luther?”

Mar. 5

Dr. Quinn Fox, “The Reformation: What Can You See When You Look Back 500 Years?” 

Mar. 12

Dr. Nancy Fox, NPC Parish Associate. “The Dual Goals of Refugee Resettlement: Self-Sufficiency and Integration”

Mar. 19

Hugh Whelchel, Director, The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, “The Forgotten Pillar of the Reformation”

Mar. 26

Dr. Mike Denham, NPC Director of Music

Apr. 2

Dr. Larry Golemon, Director, Washington Theological Consortium, “Ecology and Theological Education”

Apr. 9

Dr. Ed Ifft, “Everything you Wanted to Know about Satellites (but were afraid to ask)”

Apr. 16

Easter – no class

Apr. 23

Dr. James Houston, Founder of Regent College, Vancouver and the CS Lewis Inst.

Apr. 30

Anita Deyneka, World Without Orphans ministry in Ukraine

May 7

Matthew Taylor, doctoral student at Georgetown U., “The History and Complexities of Fundamentalism in Christianity and Islam”

May 14

Keith Patman, NPC missionary for Cameroon, Wycliffe Bible Translators

May 21

Dr. Roy Clouser, Christian Philosopher, “One or Two Books of God?”