The Adult Education Committee is hosting a three-part series, Evangelism, a Dirty Word?, from Sunday April 12 – Sunday April 26, 2015. To be “evangelical” is not a common name we give ourselves, and often evangelism, in general, is a topic we avoid discussing in our church tradition. But we are all called to embrace evangelism and share the Good News of the Gospel, especially post Easter. This series in Adult Education will offer us the chance to explore this often ignored theology and redefine its significance for all of us. Looking at history, the theology of Karl Barth, and its modern definitions, we invite you to ponder the question: is evangelism really a dirty word?
Sunday, April 12: The History of Evangelism
Dr. Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Guder will examine the theology and biblical formation of evangelism. He will survey the history of evangelism from the New Testament to the 20th century, looking at various historical models and exploring some of the challenges the Church has faced such as individualism, reductionism and diffusionism. Dr. Guder recently retired from his position as Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg and is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Sunday, April 19: Karl Barth's Impact on Evangelism
Kaitlyn Dugan, Princeton Theological Seminary
Miss Dugan will examine what Swiss theologian Karl Barth did to change our way of thinking about evangelism. She will look at who Karl Barth is and what led him to his theological conclusions. She will discuss his revolutionary doctrine of election—that even before creation God said yes to everyone—and she will explore what that means for modern evangelism. In 2013, Ms. Dugan graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing part-time distance PhD studies in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen. Miss Dugan also manages the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Sunday, April 26: Reimagining Evangelism in a Pluralistic World
Dr. Richard Osmer, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Osmer will address the questions: what does evangelism mean in a pluralistic society? What does all of this mean for Brick? He will discuss the importance to evangelism of building relationships both within and outside the Church. Dr. Osmer is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Ralph B. and Helen S. Ashenfelter Professor of Mission and Evangelism in its Department of Practical Theology. He holds an M.Div. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Emory University.