Summer Sunday School Academy
Session 1: June 3 – July 8
Session 2: July 15 – August 12
The following studies will be offered during both sessions, giving you the opportunity to complete two of the three.
To register for one or both sessions, visit www.madisonstreetumc.org and click on the “registrations” tab.
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton
You’d be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy.
Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.
Way of Life by Brian McLaren
The study Way of Life will help groups approach and engage the spiritual, theological,and missional proposals in Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration.
In The Great Spiritual Migration, McLaren argues that in order to survive, Christianity must shift away from an outdated system of beliefs to a way of life based on love. He outlines three migrations: spiritually, Christians focus less on doctrine and more on the abiding life of love made manifest in Jesus; theologically, a new way of reading Scripture shifts away from literalism and toward a more generous, literary approach; and missionally, the new way of life leads to “organizing religion” rather than organized religion, in which spiritual activists are committed to ecological, economic, and interfaith concerns.
Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by A.J. Levine
In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. She analyzes the “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.