Larry Barber

Larry Barber has been employed by Charis Foundation since 1994, where he offers faith-based pastoral counseling. He has served as a pastor in both California and Oregon, and he currently facilitates community classes at Gutenberg College. Larry holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Professional School of Psychological Studies in San Diego. In addition, he completed a rigorous two-year biblical exegesis program, “Scribe School,” at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California. His teaching and writing focus on the Gospel and its relation to intellectual and emotional health and personal responsibility.

Below you will find the following materials by Larry Barber:

Articles

  • Crucified with Christ. (Galatians 2:11-20) Explores what embracing the true gospel means in the life of a believer. (8/08)
  • Do You Believe in Magic?. Compares biblical faith to the common myth of "magical" faith. (6/06)
  • The Gift of Guilt. Compares the destructive influence of "false" guilt with the faith-maturing and conscience-building experience of "true" guilt that God, in His grace, gives us. (8/04)
  • Getting It Right. Shows how a legalism contradicts the basic tenants of biblical Christianity. (12/03)
  • Motivations: The Heart of the Matter. Looks at Luke 12:1-5 to discuss how behavior reveals motivations. (6/02)
  • Paradigm Shifts. Discusses the nature of the radical change that occurs in the heart of a believer. (5/00)
  • Living in the Past. Tells why we should not "forget what lies behind." (6/01)
  • A Story Observed. (Luke 10:25-37) Unpacks the story of the Good Samaritan and the interaction which leads to it. (5/96)
  • The Struggle to See. (Luke 10:30-35) Discusses the parable of the Good Samaritan. (10/99)
  • The Psychology of Self-Justification. Assesses the spiritual dangers of hiding from our own guilt. (2/99)
  • The Evil in Us All. Argues for the seriousness of the problem of sin. (3/98)
  • Real Spirituality. Defines the biblical concept of spirituality. (5/98)
  • Forgiveness. Argues that forgiving is not forgetting. (1/92)
  • Bigotry. (Luke 18:10-14) Uses the parable of the tax-gatherer and the Pharisee to define true bigotry. (9/93)
  • Hypocrisy of Another Kind. (Luke 12:1-5) Explains what Jesus meant by "the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." (11/96)

Audio Series

  • Bible's Greatest Hits. Teaching on biblical texts that the MSC staff deemed crucial to an understanding of a biblical worldview in general and the biblical gospel in particular. This series was presented in 1997-1998 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Christianity & Truth. Many people no longer believe "truth" exists. Is Christianity, which claims to be the truth, a meaningful contender for how one should understand reality? This 2001 McKenzie Study Center class explored "truth" and its relation to Christianity. (McKenzie Study Center is an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Coming to Truth. Gutenberg tutors and others within the Gutenberg College community describe the intellectual journey that led them to conclude that Christianity is true. (This series was presented in Winter 2008 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • Jesus' Teachings on Pharisaism. Talks by Larry Barber, Jack Crabtree, and Earle Craig exploring Jesus' view of the Pharisees, given at Reformation Fellowship. Jesus articulated His message to a culture greatly influenced by the teaching of the Pharisees; these talks explore the nature of Jesus' response and the continuing implications of that response for us today. (Also on iTunes)
  • Love, Sex, and Marriage. Sexuality is one of the most formidable challenges facing a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. This 2005 McKenzie Study Center class offered a series of lectures on sex, love, marriage, dating, and related topics.(McKenzie Study Center is an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Guest Teachers. Individual talks and two-part series given by visiting teachers at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR.
  • The False Gospel. Jack Crabtree and Larry Barber seek a better understanding of the false gospel that Paul is responding to in Galatians. Talks given at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Understanding Love, Sex, and Marriage. Sexuality is one of the most formidable challenges facing a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. MSC staff discuss love, sex, marriage, dating, and related topics. (This series was presented in Fall 2002 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
Larry Barber

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