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The Gospels and Acts



Join us on the Sundays from October 1 though October 29 for a series of adult education classes titled The Gospels and Acts.  This series of classes will be led by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Price, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College.  Beginning with the Gospel of Mark, the classes will consider possible reasons that prompted its inscription, its transition from oral gospel to written gospel.  Thereafter, two guiding questions for the examination of Matthew, Luke/Acts, and John will be:


  • Why would another gospel be needed?

  • How do their respective purposes and perspectives in "telling the old, old story of Jesus and his love" contribute to understanding the life and teaching of Jesus?

About our speaker: Since completing his doctoral studies in theology at The University of Chicago Divinity School in 1982, Joseph L. Price has taught religious studies at Whittier College.  Blending his theological, literary, and cultural interests, he has taught more than thirty different courses ranging from “Life and Teaching of Jesus” and “Jesus on Film” to “Humor and Faith in Recent Southern Literature” and “Latin American Liberation Theologies.”


He has written and edited eight books, including an introductory study of Paul Tillich and a widely used resource in theological studies, A New and Enlarged Handbook of Christian Theology, both of which were collaborative works.  His shorter publications also include multiple commentaries on lectionary readings for several volumes of Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Lectionary published by Westminster Press.


Ordained by the American Baptist Churches, Joe has served as a guest preacher at TPC on several occasions. He and his wife Bonnie sing with the TPC Chancel Choir.


The classes will be held in the Fireside Lounge from 11:00 a.m. – noon each week.  Please plan to join us.



Family Change

Sundays, November 5, November 12, and November 19

11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge

Speaker: Dr. Carrie Miles


Carrie will discuss the historical and economic origins of the “traditional” family/gender division of labor/the subordination of women to men (patriarchy) and how it got all tangled up in Christianity.  She’ll discuss the impact of the industrial revolution on the family and how the resulting changes led up to the great cultural divisions that we see today.  Included in these cultural divisions is the huge number of schisms within Christianity that have developed over the past 70 years.  An understanding of the issues will help us better minister to those dealing with these changes and extend grace to those whose views differ from our own.  Additionally, it will help us better understand which traditions we should keep and which, by God’s grace, we can let go.


About our speaker: Carrie A. Miles is the co-founder and executive director of Empower International Ministries and the author of The Redemption of Love (Brazos Press, 2006) and several Bible study guides on the relationships between men and women.  She holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and is a senior scholar in residence at Chapman University and non-resident scholar at Baylor University in Texas.  She enjoys singing in her church choir when she’s not conducting seminars with Empower International.



Leadership for the Church Today


The New Theological Seminary of the West will be offering a course on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., beginning on September 26 and continuing for ten weeks, at Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana, which is located at 4300 Westminster Ave.  This course will be an investigation of the theories, qualities and practices of Christian leadership, based on principles in Scripture and other related sources, including literature and assessments, with attention to developing a personal philosophy of spiritual and transformative leadership.  If you are interested, please contact Brian Symonds, Director of Admissions, by telephone at (562)674-8407 or by email at or talk to Jerry Herter after the Sunday morning worship services.



The Whole Bible for the Whole Church


The New Theological Seminary of the West will be offering a ten-week course on Monday evenings, beginning on September 25, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at Tustin Presbyterian Church.  The full course name is The Whole Bible for The Whole Church Part One: Introduction to the Old Testament.  If you are interested in this course, please contact Brian Symonds, Director of Admissions, by telephone at (562)674-8407 or by email at or talk to Jerry Herter after the Sunday morning worship services.





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