Adult Ed Video Playlist

 

First Mission Journey of st paul - pt 2

 

 

 

 

 

“First Mission Journey of St Paul” – Part 2
Bill Bakken
The first mission journey of St. Paul and the Council of Jerusalem that followed marks the beginning of the expansion of Christianity into the polytheistic world of the Roman Empire. In this class we will examine the story in the Book of Acts in conjunction with Roman history and the geography of the eastern Mediterranean to assess the reliability of the story in Acts and the importance of these events for the emerging Christian community.

First Mission Journey of st paul

 

 

 

 

 

“First Mission Journey of St Paul” – Part 1
Bill Bakken
The first mission journey of St. Paul and the Council of Jerusalem that followed marks the beginning of the expansion of Christianity into the polytheistic world of the Roman Empire. In this class we will examine the story in the Book of Acts in conjunction with Roman history and the geography of the eastern Mediterranean to assess the reliability of the story in Acts and the importance of these events for the emerging Christian community.

does God change His mind

 

 

 

 

 

“Does God Change His Mind?”
Darrel Jodock
Christians have usually understood God to be “the same yesterday and today and forever.” In Malachi, we read, “I the Lord do not change.” Today’s reading from Jonah includes these words, “God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them, and he did not do it.” What do these texts say about God and God’s role in the world? What do they imply about human freedom and responsibility?

 

God’s Salvation History – A Narrative Lectionary

 

 

 

 

 

“God’s Salvation History – A Narrative Lectionary”
Pastor Norman Wahl
Many people have the mistaken concept that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are two radically different Gods. While God has revealed himself in a new way in Jesus Christ in the New Testament, God, from the beginning of time until now has been active in the lives of his people through grace, love, correction, and even judgment. How does the Narrative Lectionary assist us in this understanding?

Color Our World

 

 

 

 

 

Color Our World- the pediatric hospital in Zinga, Tanzania
Darlene Voltz and Jean Marconnett
Bethel donations were used to purchase paint that our volunteer group of eight used to paint the outpatient department (OPD) building inside and out, in preparation for the grand opening in September. This will be the first pediatric hospital in Tanzania, a country with 16 million children.

why im a lutheran 6

 

 
“Why I Am Lutheran” DVD Series 6
This sixth session continues unpacking some of the common Christian vocabulary Luther used: righteousness, flesh, spirit, grace, and faith.

 

 

 

 

 

why im a lutheran 5

 

 

 

 

 

“Why I Am Lutheran” DVD Series 5
By now, you have been hearing all sorts of language that may be familiar to you, but it might be used in a slightly different way than you expect. In this fifth session, Dr. Croghan unpacks some of the common vocabulary of a Christian: law, good works, and sin.

is God choosy part 2

 

 

 

 

 

“Is God Choosy? Part 2”
Dr.
Mark Tranvik, Augsburg College
Continuation of Part 1. Do we have any control? Is it all in God’s hands? What, exactly, is the church’s teaching on predestination and how is it connected to the Gospel? What did Luther think about this issue? Bring your questions–this promises to be a lively discussion!

is God choosy

“Is God Choosy?”
Dr.
Mark Tranvik, Augsburg College
Do we have any control? Is it all in God’s hands? What, exactly, is the church’s teaching on predestination and how is it connected to the Gospel? What did Luther think about this issue? Bring your questions–this promises to be a lively discussion!

why im a lutheran 4

“Why I Am A Lutheran” DVD Series 4
In this fourth hour, Dr. Croghan identifies the central premise of a Lutheran confession. Listen as Dr. Croghan walks you through the early days of Luther’s struggle with the Apostle Paul and his breakthrough understanding of justification by faith.

why im a lutheran 3

“Why I Am A Lutheran” DVD Series 3
In this third hour, Dr. Croghan talks about Luther questioning what he had been taught and raised to believe. As you listen, you may have the same experience as he talks about the role of philosophy in theology, the role of good works in the life of faith and the mother of all topics: free will.

why im a lutheran 2

“Why I Am A Lutheran” DVD Series 2
This second session introduces Luther himself. After hearing a little background on Luther’s training and vocation, you will learn more about the historical, political, and theological events that led up to Luther writing the 95 Theses. You will also start to understand why the 95 Theses made such a splash

the cross

“The Cross”
Pastor Anjanette Bandel

Christ’s death on the cross brought about our salvation and is the basis of our hope. The cross is the one universally recognized symbol of Christianity just as a 6 pointed star represents Judaism and the crescent moon represents Islam. Learn more about the history, the tradition, and the varied representations of this important symbol of our faith.

why im a lutheran 1

“Why I Am A Lutheran” DVD Series 1
In this first session, Dr. Croghan talks about ways people unpack theological concepts.  The rest of the lecture gives the context for Luther and the Reformation.  You will get a feel for what it was Luther was doing, and an idea of the context into which he was introducing his ideas.

10 commandments

“The 10 Commandments: To Preserve life and to take it away”
Pastor Jason Burggraff

God — through the law — seeks to preserve your life, in order to keep you ready for the hearing of the Gospel. Incredibly, this will actually kill the old Adam or Eve in you, and create you anew in the forgiveness of Christ!

 

truth of the scriptures

“The Truth of the Scriptures: How can Martin Luther’s insights inform Christians today?”
Dr. Chris Croghan

In a world dominated by the principles of scientific reason and the ideals of post-enlightenment rationalism, the default mentality is to operate with a falsifiable understanding of how the world operates. Truth is always elusive.

video pine ridge

“Pine Ridge Mission”
John Schaffer
Bethel member John Schaffer will describe Bethel’s Pine Ridge Clothing Mission – helping the Lakota’s needs for all seasons.

video christ taking your virtue away

“Christ taking your virtue away: The Story of the Bible”
Pastor Jason Burggraff
From Genesis to Revelation God is doing one thing – giving himself to us completely and without reserve – and in doing so, He is also taking away all the other things we trust for life and salvation.

 

video next chapter ministries

“Next Chapter Ministries”
Randall Shull, Men’s Ministry Coordinator, Next Chapter Ministries
This session will provide an update on Next Chapter Ministries since their last presentation to us in 2011.

video little known gems

“Little Known Gems from Scripture”
Pastor Sherman Coltvet
Discover little known gems in the scriptures that are interesting and may even encourage us in our walk of faith.

video campus ministry

“Campus Ministry:The Church Beyond Itself”
Pastor Corrine Denis

Campus ministry is not simply ministry on campuses; this vital and vibrant ministry is a gift to the whole church. Pastor Corrine from the Lutheran Campus Center (LCC) of Winona will share on the history of campus ministry as gleaned from Donald Shockley’s, Campus Ministry: The Church Beyond Itself where it is evident that, from the beginning, campus ministry has been for the church beyond itself (particularly in the Civil Rights Movement).

nazis and christians 2

“Nazis and Christians: Part 2”
Dr. Mark Tranvik, Augsburg College

This class is basically a look at what was known as the “German Christian” movement in Germany in the 1930’s and how they tried to combine their Christian faith and their loyalty to the Nazis. We take a look at the long history of anti-Semitism and try to make “sense” of what happened in Germany. We also look at the resistance movement to the Nazis within the German church.

nazis and christians

“Nazis and Christians”
Dr. Mark Tranvik, Augsburg College

This class is basically a look at what was known as the “German Christian” movement in Germany in the 1930’s and how they tried to combine their Christian faith and their loyalty to the Nazis. We take a look at the long history of anti-Semitism and try to make “sense” of what happened in Germany. We also look at the resistance movement to the Nazis within the German church.

video ethics in politics
“Ethics in Politics”
Tim Penny

Is ethical politician an oxymoron? Some would argue that you cannot be a successful politician while adhering to ethical principles. Clearly, our elected leaders are immersed in a culture where ethical challenges are omnipresent. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to win an election? Can you get elected without attacking your opponent? These questions – and others – will be discussed in an attempt to illuminate how and when a politician crosses an ethical line.

 

video Re-Envisioning the Role of the Church Today
“Re-Envisioning the Role of the Church Today”
Dr. Darrel Jodock, Gustavus Adolphus College, Retired

Congregations used to be built on the foundation of an existing community, where its members interacted regularly outside of church. The role of the congregation’s ministry was often “pastoral.” That is, it focused on Sunday school, confirmation, weddings, funerals, hospital visits, and the like. Today congregations are less and less connected with existing social communities. In response to these developments, how should the church understand the nature and scope of its mission and ministry? How can we begin to glimpse and to describe a larger vision?

video Turning Points in American Religious History
“Turning Points in American Religious History”

Dr. Sarah Ruble, Gustavus Adolphus College
In this course, we will look at some of the major turning points in American religious history such as the turn from an officially Anglican, but largely irreligious American South to a deeply evangelical and very religious American South, and the turn from an overwhelmingly Protestant nation to a much more religiously diverse country.

video Turning Points in American Religious History part 2
“Turning Points in American Religious History”  – Part 2

Dr. Sarah Ruble, Gustavus Adolphus College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

video A Vision for the Synod
“A Vision for the Synod”
Bishop Steven Delzer

Come and learn more about the Vision for the Synod that is being developed: 1. We do God’s work with our hands. 2. We are the Church together for the sake of the world. 3. We re-root in our communities. Also hear about the Three Tables and the Three Great Listenings!

video Walking Where Jesus Walked
“Walking Where Jesus Walked”
Pastor Norman Wahl

NOTE: Due to a recording error, there is no audio for the first 2 minutes. The audio is fine for the rest of the video.
How does being in the actual places where Jesus lived and served change one’s faith? How does touching the water of the Sea of Galilee or the River Jordan bring to life the words that spring from the Bible? You will be transfixed by Golgotha and lifted up by the Garden Tomb.

vieo The Reformation - Part 1 - March 2, 2014
“The Reformation – Part 1 – March 2, 2014″
Dr. Thomas Emmert

The Protestant Reformation ignited by the inspiration of Martin Luther led to revolutionary changes in 16th century Europe. Who was Luther? What were his motives and objectives? How can we understand him in the context of his times? In what ways has the legacy of Luther and the Reformation continued to influence Europeans in the time since he led his famous revolt in 1517? These questions and more will direct our conversations in this two part class.

video the reformation part 2
The Reformation – Part 2
Dr. Thomas Emmert

The Protestant Reformation ignited by the inspiration of Martin Luther led to revolutionary changes in 16th century Europe. Who was Luther? What were his motives and objectives? How can we understand him in the context of his times? In what ways has the legacy of Luther and the Reformation continued to influence Europeans in the time since he led his famous revolt in 1517? These questions and more will direct our conversations in this two part class.

video The Church in the Middle Ages 1200 to the Reformation
“The Church in the Middle Ages: 1200 to the Reformation”
Professor Chad Israelson, RCTC

The Church reached its apex around 1200 in the High Middle Ages, but began a steady decline until the Protestant Reformation of the early 1500s. This lecture will trace the political, cultural, and religious reasons the Church lost its position as Europe’s preeminent institution and why Martin Luther’s movement proved successful.

video Near Death Experiences
“Near Death Experiences”
Dr. Jack Wiltsie

With quicker availability of improved resuscitation techniques, more people are able to overcome events of nearly dying. Many, when again conscious tell fascinating stories of their Near Death Experience. There may have been an “out of body experience.” This may include observing being resuscitated, going towards a bright light, meeting past family members, and being given the option to return to life. In the past few decades, many have been trying to explain what causes these strange happenings.

video Theological Controversies and Why They Matter
“Theological Controversies and Why They Matter”
Part 1: Grace and Predestination

To those not involved in them, theological controversies can appear hair splitting and pointless. While this course will not try to convince you that questions about angels and pins matter a great deal, it will look at some controversies, such as debates over predestination or evolution, and explore their roots and their implications. We will consider why for some people, these debates matter deeply and what they believe is at stake.

video Theological Controversies and Why They Matter part 2
“Theological Controversies and Why They Matter”
Part 2: Millenialism and the Rapture
Dr. Sarah Ruble, Gustavus Adolphus College

To those not involved in them, theological controversies can appear hair splitting and pointless. While this course will not try to convince you that questions about angels and pins matter a great deal, it will look at some controversies, such as debates over predestination or evolution, and explore their roots and their implications. We will consider why for some people, these debates matter deeply and what they believe is at stake.

video Preparing for Advent
“Preparing for Advent”
Pastor Anjanette Bandel

The season of Advent is counter to the culture of our societal haste to celebrate Christmas not long after Halloween! Reclaim the gifts of the Advent season in preparing our hearts, homes, and lives for the good news of a Savior born for us. Learn of the history of this first official season in the Church calendar year and practical ways to keep Advent for the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

 

 

video Biomimicry in Science
“Biomimicry in Science”
Dr. Jack Wiltsie

Biomimicry in Science: Amazing Findings of Developments in Technology that Mimic Those in Nature
One can revel in the great beauty of God’s creation. What is even more amazing is to understand specific technological advances in science and to then find a corollary of identical or similar findings that already exist in nature. Then one can really stand in awe of such creation.

video God's Salvation History - A Narrative Lectionary
“God’s Salvation History – A Narrative Lectionary”
Pastor Norman Wahl

Many people have the mistaken concept that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are two radically different Gods. While God has revealed himself in a new way in Jesus Christ in the New Testament, God, from the beginning of time until now has been active in the lives of his people through grace, love, correction, and even judgment. How does the Narrative Lectionary assist us in this understanding?

video God Wants Us to be Free
“God Wants Us to be Free”
Dr Dan Simundson

God wants us to be free from whatever oppresses us–sin (an all-inclusive term), human oppressors, psychological obsessions, addictions, fear, etc. The story of the Passover provides a narrative, symbols, and worship rituals to keep us mindful that God is on the side of freedom.

 

 

video Christianity’s Rise in Europe 350-1300
“Christianity’s Rise in Europe 350-1300”
Professor Chad Israelson, RCTC
This course will trace Christianity’s spread throughout Europe from after the time of Constantine to the end of the Middle Ages.  It will trace such aspects as the Culture of Christianity, spread through Pagan Europe, and how it became the dominant religion within Western Civilization.

video The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
“The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”
Robert Onkka
The gifts of the Holy Spirit always point to Jesus Christ – not just to some great spiritual experience.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t call attention to himself – but always, and only, to Jesus Christ.

video A Short History of Hebrew Monotheism
“A Short History of Hebrew Monotheism”
Retired Professor Bill Bakken, RCTC
Beginning with Abraham, the Bible describes the struggle and growth of the Hebrew people as they move from a tribal society to one integrated into the society and culture of the outside world. This session will describe the process from both a political and religious viewpoint. We will end with a short description of the influence of Judaism on the world today.