Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored, by Marcus J. Borg
Mercy, righteousness, salvation, Rapture. What do these words really mean? What did they mean when they were used by the Bible writers? Over the summer we will consider what Christianity’s important words originally meant and how that varies from how they are currently used. Marcus Borg, theologian, member of the Jesus Seminar which focused on the historical Jesus, and author of 19 best-selling books says that Christian words and phrases have become distorted and virtually stripped of their biblical and historic meanings. What does that mean for your beliefs and how you live your life?
Have you ever been asked if you are ‘saved’? What does it mean to have ‘salvation’? If you had to draw a picture of God, what would it look like? In June, we will discuss Salvation, God, and God’s character. Please join us at 9:00 in the Parlor for a topic that piques your interest, or every week. You don’t have to read the book to participate, but if you want to do so, copies are available online - or if you have a library card, the book is available free online through hoopla.
Our schedule for the summer is as follows.
06/09/19, Chapter 1. Speaking Christian
06/16/19, Chapter 3. Salvation
06/23/19, Chapter 5. God
06/30/19, Chapter 6. God’s Character
07/07/19, Chapter 8. The Death of Jesus
07/14/19, Chapter 9. Easter
07/21/19, Chapter 10. Believing and Faith
07/28/19, Chapter 11. Mercy
08/04/19, Chapter 12. Righteousness
08/11/19, Chapter 13. Sin
08/18/19, Chapter 14. Forgiveness and Repentance
08/25/19, Chapter 16. Born Again
09/01/19, Chapter 18. The Ascension
09/08/19, Chapter 20. The Rapture and the Second Coming
09/15/19, Chapter 21. Heaven
Are you looking for a church home? A place where you can belong? You are welcome to join Reformation. New members will be received on June 30th. New members are invited to participate in programs and events that connect members to each other and that encourage participation and involvement in worship, Bible study, service and leadership. If you are interested in joining Reformation, contact the church office at (803) 252-1507 or see Pastor Tim after worship.
A new member potluck salad extravaganza is planned immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service on June 30 to welcome our new members. Everyone should bring their favorite salad to share. Tossed, fruit, pasta, congealed, chicken, tuna, egg ……… Be creative 😊 Please join us in fellowship and break bread, I mean salad, with our new members. See Michael Reames with any questions.
Get ready to BLAST OFF! Mark your calendars for July 17th - 19th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. as we travel “To Mars and Beyond!” Join us for a fun filled few nights of VBS - Reformation style. Our theme verse is Ephesians 3:20 - “Glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us!” Help us make sure we are prepared by getting registered today. This isn’t just for the kids… we will have TWO adult classes this year!
If you’re interested in helping with meals, leading a class, or want to be involved but you’re not sure how yet… feel free to contact Maria Ashburn at Mariajashburn@gmail.com
On June 17th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Regal Columbiana Grande, a documentary of the heinous event that changed the racial conversation in South Carolina. Mother Emanuel will forever reside in our hearts.
Let's get a group from Reformation together to see the film on the 17th, followed by some refreshments at The British Bulldog for some "in the moment" conversation about what we saw and heard. Then those who can make it, can also join Pastor Tim for the
Synod's conversation on June 20th. See Pastor Tim for details.
See trailer HERE.
The annual renewal retreat at Coastal Retreat Center, Isle of Palms, SC will be held September 2-8, 2019. Come for the entire week, or just a few days! Mark your calendars now! Details and registration forms will be coming soon! Direct questions to Kathy Bupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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