What we're about

The purpose of this Meetup is to bring together people who earnestly desire to study the Bible in relation to important theological and Biblical claims. My hope is that we will attract enough people to create at least two subgroups, and that each subgroup will take up one side of a theological issue, research such position thoroughly, and then be ready to argue and support such position in a theological debate.

The goal of such a structure is for each participant to develop a desire and skill for deeper inquiry into issues of theology, utilizing critical thinking skills in the process. My expectation is that the group would meet once or twice a month, and that, depending on where participants live, to meet at various and rotating locations throughout the valley.

Although I expect that most participants will be Christians, such is not a requirement and I am hopeful that non-Christians, including atheists, agnostics, and people of other faiths, will, if they have an earnest desire to learn and grow, an interest in the Bible and Christian Theology, and are sincere seekers of truth, join as participants.

Because of the intended structure of this group, active participation must be limited to those who will attend regularly. Notwithstanding this, I would also expect and welcome non-active participants who eek only to listen and learn.

As the group gets started, I will be open to ideas about how to improve the structure or operation of the group. Overall, my hope is that the group will provide an arena for more strenuous engagement by people wanting an opportunity.

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What Do I Believe and Why Do I Believe It?

SoZo Coffee House Chandler

• What we'll do For this meeting our topic of discussion is about sin. What is sin and how does that relate to the human condition? How can we know the difference between right and wrong? Is it all relative or are there objective moral truths about what is right and wrong? How would you describe the human condition and how it relates to sin? Prepare a 5 to 10 minute presentation for the group in how you would present this topic. Provide any materials or information needed to back up your argument for group discussion. “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.” C.S. Lewis. This topic is expected to bring up a very thoughtful and an in-depth perspective, so be prepared to hear views and opinions that might be a bit different or provoke deeper thought for understanding this issue. Our goal is to learn from each other and how we can become better equipped to share our Christian convictions with others. I encourage the Churched and the Unchurched (those never going to church or those who did go to church or were religious at one point and were put off by their experience. All viewpoints, if provided respectfully, are welcome, as long as the person providing said viewpoint is open to analyzing why they believe what they believe and if such belief is intellectually/Biblically justified. • What to bring Their Bible and any materials that they rely on in informing their belief on the subject to be discussed. • Important to know I expect that each meeting will run between 2-3 hours long. It is okay if you cannot stay for the entire meetup and it is also okay if you do not wish to speak but only to listen.

What Do I Believe and Why Do I Believe It?

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• What we'll do This will be our first substantive meeting and at this meeting we will set the tone for the group by dealing with the fundamental question "What do I believe and why do I believe it". In future meetings we will handle particular issues that seem to come up a lot in our daily lives (marriage/guns/sexuality/drinking, tithing, judging, etc.) as well as primarily theological issues (the Trinity/Biblical Inerrancy/justification, etc.). The format for these future meetings will be as follows: One person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side A and another person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side B (and so on for as many sides as are relevant for a given topic), and each presenter will give a 10-20 minute presentation, followed by 3-5 minute rebuttals, followed by a group question and answer of the participants, and then a group discussion. The goal of the group is for each individual participating to reflect on how they arrive at their particular perspective and how justified such view may be. Although I am the moderator, I certainly do not have all the answers (in fact, I have very few), and look forward to learning much in the coming months. I encourage the Churched and the Unchurched (those never going to church or those who did go to church or were religious at one point and were put off by their experience. All viewpoints, if provided respectfully, are welcome, as long as the person providing said viewpoint is open to analyzing why they believe what they believe and if such belief is intellectually/Biblically justified. • What to bring Their Bible and any materials that they rely on in informing their belief on the subject to be discussed. • Important to know I expect that each meeting will run between 2-3 hours long. It is okay if you cannot stay for the entire meetup and it is also okay if you do not wish to speak but only to listen.

What Do I Believe and Why Do I Believe It?

Needs a location

• What we'll do This will be our first substantive meeting and at this meeting we will set the tone for the group by dealing with the fundamental question "What do I believe and why do I believe it". In future meetings we will handle particular issues that seem to come up a lot in our daily lives (marriage/guns/sexuality/drinking, tithing, judging, etc.) as well as primarily theological issues (the Trinity/Biblical Inerrancy/justification, etc.). The format for these future meetings will be as follows: One person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side A and another person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side B (and so on for as many sides as are relevant for a given topic), and each presenter will give a 10-20 minute presentation, followed by 3-5 minute rebuttals, followed by a group question and answer of the participants, and then a group discussion. The goal of the group is for each individual participating to reflect on how they arrive at their particular perspective and how justified such view may be. Although I am the moderator, I certainly do not have all the answers (in fact, I have very few), and look forward to learning much in the coming months. I encourage the Churched and the Unchurched (those never going to church or those who did go to church or were religious at one point and were put off by their experience. All viewpoints, if provided respectfully, are welcome, as long as the person providing said viewpoint is open to analyzing why they believe what they believe and if such belief is intellectually/Biblically justified. • What to bring Their Bible and any materials that they rely on in informing their belief on the subject to be discussed. • Important to know I expect that each meeting will run between 2-3 hours long. It is okay if you cannot stay for the entire meetup and it is also okay if you do not wish to speak but only to listen.

What Do I Believe and Why Do I Believe It?

Needs a location

• What we'll do This will be our first substantive meeting and at this meeting we will set the tone for the group by dealing with the fundamental question "What do I believe and why do I believe it". In future meetings we will handle particular issues that seem to come up a lot in our daily lives (marriage/guns/sexuality/drinking, tithing, judging, etc.) as well as primarily theological issues (the Trinity/Biblical Inerrancy/justification, etc.). The format for these future meetings will be as follows: One person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side A and another person will volunteer to be the presenter for Side B (and so on for as many sides as are relevant for a given topic), and each presenter will give a 10-20 minute presentation, followed by 3-5 minute rebuttals, followed by a group question and answer of the participants, and then a group discussion. The goal of the group is for each individual participating to reflect on how they arrive at their particular perspective and how justified such view may be. Although I am the moderator, I certainly do not have all the answers (in fact, I have very few), and look forward to learning much in the coming months. I encourage the Churched and the Unchurched (those never going to church or those who did go to church or were religious at one point and were put off by their experience. All viewpoints, if provided respectfully, are welcome, as long as the person providing said viewpoint is open to analyzing why they believe what they believe and if such belief is intellectually/Biblically justified. • What to bring Their Bible and any materials that they rely on in informing their belief on the subject to be discussed. • Important to know I expect that each meeting will run between 2-3 hours long. It is okay if you cannot stay for the entire meetup and it is also okay if you do not wish to speak but only to listen.

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What Do I Believe and Why Do I Believe It?

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