Adult Education – December 2019

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., in the Assembly Room
unless otherwise noted

Download the December 2019 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios

December 1 | Shane Berg

The Politics of the Incarnation

Join us for an exploration of the political themes woven in Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus. We’ll discuss how the Gospel writer boldly asserts the relevance of Jesus’ birth within the Roman Empire, and what this narrative means for our own attempt to live faithfully in a complex world.

December 8 | Joyce Irwin

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

So many Advent themes, so few Sundays in Advent! This Sunday, join us as we discuss timeless Advent hymns. Come to learn not only about the variety of thematic material in the poetry but also the stylistic variety of music from different historical eras.

Weekly | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger


Sundays, 9:15 a.m. (December 8 & 15 only)
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger continues with a verse-by verse examination of the Letter to the Colossians.

December 15 | Maria LoBiondo

The Story of the Other Wise Man

First read as a holiday sermon, Presbyterian minister Henry Van Dyke’s parable imagining a fourth Magi’s lifelong search for the King of Kings remains one of his most popular works. Storyteller Maria LoBiondo will share her version of “The Other Wise Man,” as well as a brief history of the author, who was educated at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and called Princeton home.

December 22 | Dale Allison

The Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke

The infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke are very, very different, and they have no parallels elsewhere in the New Testament. Why is this the case? What is distinctive of each narrative? How much history might lie behind them—behind the visit of the magi, the star of Bethlehem, the virgin birth, and so on? And how might we go about interpreting the infancy narratives for ourselves today?