Our Fall Adult Education program will be held Wednesdays, September 12 through November 14. We begin at 6:00 pm with a delicious home cooked meal (cooked right in our church kitchen), followed by a choice of study to begin at 7:00 pm, and we conclude promptly at 8:00 pm. We are offering one 10-week class this fall. Childcare is available with one week’s advance notice. Look for sign-ups during coffee fellowship after worship or contact Libby Dalrymple.
We are looking for a dedicated clean-up crew. You will be treated to a delicious church-cooked meal, and do not need to participate in the studies. This is an important part of the success of our church program. If you would like to help, please contact Libby Dalrymple
The Farewell Discourse in John’s gospel (John 14-17) facilitated by Joe Modica.
How did Jesus prepare his disciples for his departure; namely his death, resurrection and ascension? What did Jesus actually teach them? In this class, we’ll investigate what scholars refer to as “The Farewell Discourse (Teaching)” found in the Gospel of John chapters 14-17. We’ll examine the content of the discourse, as well as its historical setting and theological themes of the gospel itself.
Class Textbook: N. T. Wright, John For Everyone: Part 2 (Chapters 11-21), Westminster/John Knox Press, 2004.
Brief Biography on Joe Modica:
Dr. Joseph B. Modica previously led a Supper at St. John’s course in the fall of 2015 entitled “The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul.” He looked at the letters grappling with Paul’s historical and theological contexts using Calvin Roetzel’s The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context as our guide.
Dr. Joseph B. Modica serves as the University Chaplain and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, since 1993. Dr. Modica earned the B.A., Queens College, City University of New York (Psychology); M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY; M. Phil., and Ph.D., Drew University, Madison, New Jersey (New Testament and Early Christianity). He is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and pastored the Queens Center Alliance Church (Queens, NY) from 1986-1988.
Dr. Modica edited a volume of essays honoring Dr. Tony Campolo’s 65th birthday: The Gospel with Extra Salt: Friends of Tony Campolo Celebrate His Passions for Ministry (Judson Press, 2000). He has also co-edited several books with Dr. Scot McKnight from Northern Seminary, Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am? Accusations Against the Historical Jesus (T & T Clark/Continuum, 2008), Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies (InterVarsity Press, April 2013), The New Perspective on the Apostle Paul and The Christian Life (Baker Academic, 2016) and forthcoming in late fall/early winter 2018: Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives (Wm. B Eerdmans).
Dr. Modica is very delighted to return to St. John’s Presbyterian Church.