Supper at St. John’s Adult Education Program
Winter 2021

Supper at St. John’s returns via zoom on Wednesdays, January 20 and runs through March 24. We will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end promptly at 8:00 p.m. Please contact Libby Dalrymple if you would like to sign up for this course.

There is just one 10-week class this winter via zoom due to COVID:

“The Sermon on the Mount” facilitated by Joe Modica

This class will explore the exegetical and theological dimensions of Jesus’ most famous discourse in Matthew 5-7. Attention will also be given to the literary aspects of the Gospel of Matthew as well as the practical dimensions of the Sermon on the Mount for the disciple of Jesus Christ. Joe encourages participants to purchase Amy-Jill Levine’s Sermon on the Mount. Abingdon, 2020 which will guide our exploration. The book can be found on Amazon.

Brief Educational Biography

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 then led us in “The Farewell Discourse” in John’s gospel (John14-17) in the fall of 2018.

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, 2013), The New Perspective on the Apostle Paul and The Christian Life (Baker Academic, 2016) and Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2019). He is currently working on a volume with Dr. McKnight and Dr. Lisa Bowens from Princeton Seminary about preaching Paul’s letter to the Romans from a global perspective.

Dr. Modica is very delighted to return to St. John’s Presbyterian Church.