Luke Breakout Sessions
June Aguilar · 1500 Years (and More) of Mistranslation/Misinterpretation
Review of 12–15 key words in the New Testament (and 4–6 from the Old Testament) that have been mistranslated from the original languages, leading to 1500 years (or more) of costly misinterpretation.
June is a 72-year-old psychiatric Registered Nurse, now retired after 40 years in the field. Throughout her 30+ years as a Christian Universalist, June has studied scriptures referencing original languages (primarily Greek; minimal Hebrew). She trusts adamantly that if God is there, HE ORDAINS ALL. Married 50 years, June is the mother of 2 daughters, grandmother of 4, and serves as full-time nanny of “God-surprise” 3-year-old granddaughter. She lives in Colorado Springs.
Jim Emig · What if? A consideration of Romans 9–11
Romans 9 is often used by Calvinists to defend the notion that God elects some to salvation and others to damnation. Certainly, Paul argues that God can do whatever he wishes, but what does he wish? This session will attempt to take a passage that is often used to argue for the election of some to damnation and show how by the end of Paul’s argument, he is proclaiming the glory of God’s real intent: the salvation of all.
Jim Emig has a BA degree in Pastoral Ministries from Fort Wayne Bible College and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. He was ordained by the PCUSA in 2004 and ministers at Kiowa Creek Community Church and Elbert Presbyterian Church.
Jim Strahan · The Third Heaven, and That Which Can Now Be Told
The purpose will be to provide more evidence for the totality of God’s victory as seen in Israel’s three major feast celebrations and how they correspond to the three heavens. We plan to discuss what the lake of fire is, and what it does, through the experience of Paul, and our misunderstanding of the things Paul heard when he was caught up to the third heaven—things which can now be told.
I’m a sinner, loved by our Father, and saved by grace alone. I’m privileged to be a husband, a father of two, and a grandfather of four. I’m also a retired engineer and author of The Brightness Around Him and co-author of Is God Fair? What about Gandhi? In my spare time, I love to explore and discuss God’s Word, play golf, and have fun with the grandkids.
Angie Dancer · The Gospel According to Children: How Relentless Love Looks in Children’s Ministry
The story of God’s relentless love and pursuit is powerful in whatever context it is applied. One could argue that when this story is demonstrated in the lives of children it is perhaps one of the most important contexts for that to be seen and experienced. In this presentation, we will explore some of the ways that God’s all-encompassing love captures the hearts of children. We will also talk about the sometimes dreaded topic of curriculum and think through how to lead young children in worship. After the presentation, there will be time for discussion where we can hear ideas from one another about what is working or what is a hindrance in this process.
Having spent close to 30 years working with children and adolescents in various capacities, including children’s and youth ministry, education, and therapy, Angie brings a unique perspective on the work we do with young people. She is currently the children’s pastor at the Sanctuary Downtown and a children’s therapist in private practice. She is also captivated by the power of story in our lives and sharing that with young people in many settings. However, her favorite kids to work with, alongside her husband of 23 years, are her three wonderful children Lórien, Bo, and Lyla.
Jeff Turner · The Divine Logos and the Trinitarian Flow
Summary: At the heart of reality is a skeletal frame that gives all things their shape. For the Christian, this frame is not just a three-letter word, G-O-D, but a three-person family. At the heart of reality lies a divine relationship, and when we understand this we learn what it is to flow in and with the Spirit.
Jeff Turner is the author of two books and travels throughout the United States preaching the good news of a happy God to those burnt out on religion, and offering hope of a sacred solidity to a deconstructed generation. He, his wife of 18 years, and their 3 children, reside in Clyde, Michigan.