Seminars

Seminar 1: Th 1/4 @ 12PM
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  1. Spiritual Formation (Part 1), Steve Lee
  2. The Blessed Alliance—Men and Women Serving God Together, Carolyn Custis James
  3. Godly Visions are Expressed in Verbs, not Nouns, Timothy Haahs
  4. A Church United in a Nation Divided, Mitch Kim
  5. Finding God’s Presence in an Age of Media, Edward Kim
  6. Special Pastors’ Seminar*Crawford Loritts

Seminar 2: Th 1/4 @ 1:30PM
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  1. Spiritual Formation (Part 2), Steve Lee
  2. The Blessed Alliance—Men and Women Serving God Together, Carolyn Custis James
  3. Godly Visions are Expressed in Verbs, not Nouns, Timothy Haahs
  4. Gender Identity, Min Chung
  5. Participating in God’s Presence in an Age of Politics, Edward Kim

Seminar 3: Fri 1/5 @ 12PM
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  1. Finding God in the Margins—The Book of Ruth, Carolyn Custis James
  2. Doing Business Biblically – Based on Proverbs 31, Timothy Haahs
  3. Heart Motives (Part 1), Sang Caleb Kim
  4. Personal Bible Study, Brian Park
  5. Small Group Leadership, KJ Kim
  6. Special Pastors’ Seminar*, Frank James

Seminar 4: Fri 1/5 @ 1:30PM
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  1. Finding God in the Margins—The Book of Ruth, Carolyn Custis James
  2. Doing Business Biblically – Based on Proverbs 31, Tim Haahs
  3. Heart Motives (Part 2), Sang Caleb Kim
  4. Homosexuality: Text & Hermeneutics, Christopher Yuan
  5. The Enjoyment of Leisure, Jung Lee

* Special pastors’ seminars are limited to pastors and full-time seminarians only.

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Spiritual Formation (Part 1) Steve Lee

Whether or not we realize it, all of us are undergoing spiritual formation. Early childhood experiences, friendships, marriage, career, social media … all of these factors and many others shape who we are and what we are becoming. Unfortunately, this formation too often shapes us in ways that are counter to the gospel. In Galatians 4:19 Paul describes himself as an expectant mother in the pains of childbirth eagerly anticipating the day when Christ would be formed in the lives of the Galatian believers.

In Part 1 of this seminar, we will explore the essence of spiritual formation—what it means for Christ to be formed in us. In the second part, we will examine some of the spiritual disciplines that can help shape Christ in us.

Note: Due to the extensive content of the lecture, you must sign up for both parts if you want to participate in this seminar.

The Blessed Alliance – Men and Women Serving God Together Carolyn Custis James

In the beginning, God’s vision was for his sons and daughters to do his work in the world and to do it together. Despite the fall when God’s image bearers rebelled, God has never given up on his vision—a vision Jesus came to restore. This seminar explores the strategic importance of the Blessed Alliance, how the enemy dismantled it, and the rescue operation Jesus launched to recover it. Don’t expect the same old gender discussion. Instead, we will probe how the gospel transforms male/female relationships and demonstrates that Jesus has come and that his kingdom is not of this world.

Godly Visions are Expressed in Verbs, not Nouns Timothy Haahs

Too often we describe our dreams in nouns: “I want to be a doctor, engineer, artist, musician, etc.” Jesus stated His dream using verbs: “I came to SERVE”; “I came to SAVE.” Likewise, we ought to dream our dreams with verbs. If you want to be a doctor, don’t say that you want to be a doctor. Instead, say that you want to HEAL people If you want to be a musician, don’t say you want to be a musician. Instead, say that you want to INSPIRE people.

A Church United In a Nation Divided Mitch Kim

America remains a nation divided. Over one hundred and fifty years after the Civil War and over fifty years after Civil Rights, events in Charlottesville, Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and many other places highlight the deep fractures in our nation. How did we get here? What can we do about it? How can a united church bring healing to a divided nation? This seminar will share a biblical framework for community and insights from one church’s journey in pursuing unity amidst diversity.

Finding God’s Presence in an Age of Media Edward Kim

God says to us in Psalms 27:8, “Seek my face,” and the Psalmist replies, “my heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Today, however, we speak Facebook to Facebook as much as we speak face to face. Modern media has become our shared environment and social media increasingly shapes the way we seek and find others in it. What does this mean for our relationship with God whose media is the world and whose social presence is the Holy Spirit? This seminar explores how we find God’s real and spiritual presence in a world of digital media.

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Spiritual Formation (Part 2) Steve Lee

Whether or not we realize it, all of us are undergoing spiritual formation. Early childhood experiences, friendships, marriage, career, social media … all of these factors and many others shape who we are and what we are becoming. Unfortunately, this formation too often shapes us in ways that are counter to the gospel. In Galatians 4:19 Paul describes himself as an expectant mother in the pains of childbirth eagerly anticipating the day when Christ would be formed in the lives of the Galatian believers.

In Part 1 of this seminar, we will explore the essence of spiritual formation—what it means for Christ to be formed in us. In the second part, we will examine some of the spiritual disciplines that can help shape Christ in us.

Note: Due to the extensive content of the lecture, you must sign up for both parts if you want to participate in this seminar.

The Blessed Alliance – Men and Women Serving God Together Carolyn Custis James

In the beginning, God’s vision was for his sons and daughters to do his work in the world and to do it together. Despite the fall when God’s image bearers rebelled, God has never given up on his vision—a vision Jesus came to restore. This seminar explores the strategic importance of the Blessed Alliance, how the enemy dismantled it, and the rescue operation Jesus launched to recover it. Don’t expect the same old gender discussion. Instead, we will probe how the gospel transforms male/female relationships and demonstrates that Jesus has come and that his kingdom is not of this world.

Godly Visions are Expressed in Verbs, not Nouns Timothy Haahs

Too often we describe our dreams in nouns: “I want to be a doctor, engineer, artist, musician, etc.” Jesus stated His dream using verbs: “I came to SERVE”; “I came to SAVE.” Likewise, we ought to dream our dreams with verbs. If you want to be a doctor, don’t say that you want to be a doctor. Instead, say that you want to HEAL people If you want to be a musician, don’t say you want to be a musician. Instead, say that you want to INSPIRE people.

Gender Identity Min Chung

One of the most publicized and debated topics in our time is the issue of gender identity. Major celebrities, legislation, and culture in general seem to be heading towards to the acceptance of individuals who want to identify with a gender different than one’s biological gender. How can we understand this issue through the lens of Scripture? How should Christians navigate ministry to individuals and the wider culture? This seminar will help provide a biblical framework for God’s intent for gender and also give wisdom on how to be people full of grace and truth on this topic.

Participating in God’s Presence in an Age of Politics Edward Kim

From Pyongyang to Pakistan and Charlottesville to Chicago, we live in an age troubled by politics. Politics is not just about government and elections. It is about race and gender, about money and power, who gets to have what and who gets shut out. Politics, in the end, is about the work it takes to live in the world we want to live in. This is not something distant from our discipleship but central to the purposes of God who so loves this world. How do we come to see the problems of inequality and injustice all around us as the birth pains of a “new creation”? This seminar explores the part we must play as bearers of the “firstfruits of the Spirit” as the world waits for the “revealing of the Sons of God.” (Rom 8:18-25)

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Finding God in the Margins – the Book of Ruth Carolyn Custis James

Although the book of Ruth is often interpreted as a beautiful love story between the destitute but beautiful Ruth the Moabitess and Boaz, the rich, older, eligible Israelite bachelor. The story actually features a brand of love that vastly exceeds any romance. This ancient possesses a surprising but often overlooked depth and eye-opening relevance that speaks powerfully into our twenty-first century world. Topics we hear about in the news are front and center in the book of Ruth. The plight of women in the world, refugees, immigrants, poverty, power, and privilege, race, leadership, and social status—are only a few of the many topics this ancient narrative and our world share in common. This seminar presents the latest biblical research and a fresh perspective on book of Ruth that we need today more than ever.

Doing Business Biblically – Based on Proverbs 31 Timothy Haahs

There are all kinds of books on how to do business: How to start a business; How to manage a business; How to succeed in business. Most often the essence of these books boil down to how to set goals, how to establish strategies, and how to lead. And yet most of these books fail to point out the most important driving force of men and women who are managing and leading: the purpose of “doing” the business.

The Bible, especially the book of Proverbs 31:10-31, clearly points out how to define the purpose, how to achieve it, how to manage, how to lead, and even what to wear and when to get up in the morning. Give it a try. It is the word of God!

Heart Motives (Part 1) Sang Caleb Kim

“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD” (Proverbs 16:2). What makes us get angry, frustrated, or depressed? Why are we drawn to certain people but can’t seem to “click” with others? Why do some memories linger for years when others are forgotten in a moment? The revolutionary heart motive system will address these questions and help us get to the root of our thoughts and actions. 

Note: Due to the extensive content of the lecture, the heart motives seminar is for
both sessions on Friday. You must sign up for both lectures if you want to participate in this seminar.

Personal Bible Study Brian Park

Most Christians know they should get into God’s Word through reading, study and meditation. But many believers aren’t sure where to begin or what steps to take. This seminar will aim to bridge this gap by presenting a practical, straightforward approach for personal Bible study. We will work together through some sample passages from the Gospels to put our new skills in action and instill greater confidence to dig deeply into the Bible on our own.

Small Group Leadership KJ Kim

In an attempt to give people a place to get into each other’s lives and shepherd one another, the small group system is an invaluable component of many churches and fellowships. Maybe you’ve even been asked to lead one or are leading one. Have you ever thought, “What is a healthy small group?”, “How can I better lead and shepherd my group?”, or “How can I better foster a sense of community in my small group?” Pastor KJ Kim will discuss essential elements to having Christ-centered and God-honoring small groups.

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Finding God in the Margins – the Book of Ruth Carolyn Custis James

Although the book of Ruth is often interpreted as a beautiful love story between the destitute but beautiful Ruth the Moabitess and Boaz, the rich, older, eligible Israelite bachelor. The story actually features a brand of love that vastly exceeds any romance. This ancient possesses a surprising but often overlooked depth and eye-opening relevance that speaks powerfully into our twenty-first century world. Topics we hear about in the news are front and center in the book of Ruth. The plight of women in the world, refugees, immigrants, poverty, power, and privilege, race, leadership, and social status—are only a few of the many topics this ancient narrative and our world share in common. This seminar presents the latest biblical research and a fresh perspective on book of Ruth that we need today more than ever.

Doing Business Biblically – Based on Proverbs 31 Timothy Haahs

There are all kinds of books on how to do business: How to start a business; How to manage a business; How to succeed in business. Most often the essence of these books boil down to how to set goals, how to establish strategies, and how to lead. And yet most of these books fail to point out the most important driving force of men and women who are managing and leading: the purpose of “doing” the business.

The Bible, especially the book of Proverbs 31:10-31, clearly points out how to define the purpose, how to achieve it, how to manage, how to lead, and even what to wear and when to get up in the morning. Give it a try. It is the word of God!

Heart Motives (Part 2) Sang Caleb Kim

“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD” (Proverbs 16:2). What makes us get angry, frustrated, or depressed? Why are we drawn to certain people but can’t seem to “click” with others? Why do some memories linger for years when others are forgotten in a moment? The revolutionary heart motive system will address these questions and help us get to the root of our thoughts and actions. 

Note: Due to the extensive content of the lecture, the heart motives seminar is for
both sessions on Friday. You must sign up for both lectures if you want to participate in this seminar.

Homosexuality: Text & Hermeneutics Christopher Yuan

Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics – There are six passages in Scripture which touch on the issue of homosexuality. Traditional interpretation of these texts condemns any sex outside of marriage between a husband and wife. And yet some claim that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. So what does the Bible really say? With a solid background in biblical exegesis—having studied both Hebrew and Greek—Dr. Christopher Yuan presents and analyzes the gay-affirming interpretations of Old Testament and New Testament passages on homosexuality with clarity and compassion.

The Enjoyment of Leisure Jung Lee

The bible clearly teaches the Christian to deny oneself in the pursuit of Christ and to keep one’s eyes focused upward toward heaven. So it’s not uncommon to feel a measure of guilt when we enjoy pleasures on earth. How are we to view the good things that God has given to us on earth? Even as we do all things for God’s glory, how does leisure fit into the Christian’s life? We will think through these questions and aim to arrive at a healthy view of leisure in the Christian’s life.