Digging Deep, Rising High

Adult Forum 2016-17

by Chris Hardman

Every once in a while, we have to make a special effort to dig deeply into our Christian Tradition so we can renew our faith and rise high in God. This year is such a time for us.

This fall, we are going to dig deeply into our biblical tradition with the help of Adam Miglio, a biblical archeologist from Wheaton College. Professor Miglio has his doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern History from the University of Chicago. He has made numerous trips to the Holy Land for archeological digs, thus the title of our programmatic year.

Dr. Miglio's first presentation will take place on September 18th, at the Adult Forum. Note, that when he is with us we will expand our forum time to 10:10 am to 10:55 am.

His first presentation will be on the nature of biblical archeology. How is it done? What knowledge does it bring us? The next three presentations will be on particular periods of biblical history-Solomon and the Temple (circa 950 BC), Isaiah and the Assyrians (circa 750 BC), and Jesus and Paul (circa 33 AD.) See the chart that follows for actual dates.

To help us prepare for his presentations we will hold a "crash course" in Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) September 25th and in Christian Scriptures (New Testament) October 30th. We will spend much of our time putting the periods that Dr. Miglio will talk about in context.

In addition to this biblical work, we will hear from those who went on our first Adult Mission Trip to Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and from our Youth Group who went on a Mission Trip to Appalachia. We also welcome Vicki Garvey who will renew our faith and interest in the expectation and hope of the Advent Season.

Adult Forum Schedule:

September 11: Homecoming

September 18: Dr. Adam Miglio: What is Biblical Archeology?

September 25: Understanding the Old Testament

October 2: Presentation: Adult Mission Trip

October 9: TBA

October 16: Dr. Adam Miglio: Solomon and the Temple

October 23: Dr. Adam Miglio: Isaiah and the Assyrians

October 30: Understanding the New Testament

November 6: All Saints' Sunday (Baptism)

November 13: Dr. Adam Miglio: Jesus and Paul

November 20: Presentation: Youth Mission Trip

November 27: Intergenerational Advent Activity

December 4: Vicki Garvey will present on Advent

December 11: Vicki Garvey will present on Advent

December 18: Cocoa and Carols

It is going to be a great year. See you at the forum.