Lectures & Classes
Engaging classes on subjects that matter. In the fall, winter, and spring we offer lectures and classes during out middle hour (10:10-10:50 am) that train the Redeemer community, adults and children, in the content, history, and practice of their faith. This includes the study of the Bible, theology, and life skills (marriage, parenting, finances, peacemaking, etc.)
Middle Hour Schedule
Sundays, 10:10-10:50 am
May 14 – No classes & lectures in observance of Mother’s Day
May 28 – Deacon Election, Nursery and Children’s Classes in Session
Faith & Culture Lectures
All lectures will be held in the Morgan Chapel at Temple Bat Yahm (1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach 92660).
April 23 | Weakness: Jesus’ Path to Power – Dr. Kyle Strobel
Join us for our first spring Faith & Culture Lecture. Dr. Strobel will lecture on Weakness: Jesus’ Path to Power from his most recent book The Way of the Dragon, Or The Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ path of power in a church that has abandoned it. He will speak to the fact that too often the church falls prey to the seductions of worldly power by chasing relevance and influence. The way of the Lamb, Jesus’ path, is a way of weakness that is counter-cultural to our modern day understanding of how people come into power.
May 7 | Safe Families Presentation – Brewer Family
Safe Families for Children is a national movement of compassion that began in Chicago in 2003 as an alternative to the foster care system. It was started by a Christian man who believed the church could provide care to families in crisis and push back against some of the brokenness in our communities. The ministry uniquely provides biblical hospitality and support to children and families in crisis through a network of volunteer host families. Safe Families is dedicated to family support, stabilization and child abuse prevention. From day one, Safe Families has relied on volunteer host families and the support of local churches to come alongside those in need. Local churches and individuals can support host families with prayer and other practical needs during placements such as meals, transportation, clothing or diapers.
Chad and Christie Brewer became a host family with Safe Families in Minnesota in the spring of 2013. They have continued to serve as a host family in Orange County and occasionally provide short-term placements for local children. They look forward to sharing more about this ministry that has been life giving for their family and create vision for ways Redeemer can consider getting involved in Safe Families for Children in Orange County.
May 21 | Monk Habits for Everyday People – Dr. Dennis Okholm
Join us for our upcoming spring Faith & Culture Lecture next Sunday. Dr. Dennis Okholm, Professor of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, will lecture on Monk Habits for Everyday People from his popular book with the same title. Dr. Okholm will show us that monk habits are not just for Roman Catholics who live in monasteries, but can also be practiced by everyday people in Presbyterian churches like ours. These habits and practices, like hospitality, silence, and daily offices, are not only good for our spiritual health, but also formative for who God is shaping us to become.
Dennis Okholm, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of teaching experience, including brief teaching assignments in Kenya, Romania, and Sudan. In addition to teaching, Dr. Okholm speaks at various churches and colleges, participates in an Evangelical-Mormon dialogue, and is active in the American Benedictine Academy. His latest book is Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks (Brazos Press, 2014). Dr. Okholm was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 28 years before his recent ordination as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America.
Lecture Handout (pdf)
June 4 | Bible Translation – Dr. Darian Lockett
Dr. Darian Lockett, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University, will lecture on Bible Translation. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the English Standard Version (ESV), New International Version (NIV), King James Version (KJV), etc.? Dr. Lockett was on the translation team for the new Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which was just updated in 2017. He will share with us his personal experience and explain the strengths and weaknesses of each of our modern day Bible translations.
The overarching goal of a specifically Christian liberal arts education, in a word, is wisdom. It is Dr. Lockett’s desire to display godly wisdom in teaching, writing, and service, in order to serve the church of Jesus Christ by equipping individuals for life and ministry. Dr Lockett is particularly interested in the General Letters, hermeneutics, theological interpretation, and political/economic philosophies and Scripture. He is the author of Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James and has published chapters on James and Jude in various edited volumes. Dr. Lockett has contributed articles to Tyndale Bulletin and Neotestamentica and has published several reviews in Scottish Journal of Theology, Review of Biblical Literature, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Midwestern Journal of Theology. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, reading great literature, and watching college basketball (especially the Kansas Jayhawks!).
June 18 | Ethiopia ACT Presentation – Rev. Jason Polk
Redeemer 101 Class
Dates: May 7, 21, and June 4
Teacher: Pastor Adam Feichtmann
Location: MPR Area, Room 10
Jr. High & High School (6th-12th Grade)
Dates: April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4
Location: Patio outside the chapel hall
Leaders: Josh Cooper & Joey LeSuer
We invite our youth to join us for our Spring Youth Breakfasts during the Middle Hour. Enjoy a homemade meal with friends and leaders as you discuss life and the Bible.
At the same time that our adult classes will be running, we will be offering a robust curriculum for our children and youth. Our children’s Sunday School classes will be using the well respected Show Me Jesus curriculum and our youth will study the bible in a fun, creative, and relationally-based setting.