LIFELONG LEARNING from McKenzie Study Center

Living

Resources exploring the connection between Christianity and modern life.

Articles

  • When Normalcy Does Not Prevail by Jack Crabtree. Gives council on how to function when turmoil and disorder prevail. (1/16; posted 10/16)
  • Lady Temperance by Chris Swanson. Extols the virtue of temperance in a culture obsessed with bodily appetites. (11/15; posted 10/16)
  • The Skill of Wisdom by Chris Swanson. Makes the case that wise living is a skill acquired much like other skills. (4/15; posted 4/15)
  • As If You Yourselves Were Suffering by Tim McIntosh. Uses the Roman Stoics and the early Christians to shed light on the age-old conflict between intellect versus emotion. (3/15; posted 4/15)
  • Four Analogies by Ron Julian. Presents four pictures that help explain what it means to be a Christian believer. (1/15; posted 4/15)
  • Holding the Line by David Crabtree. Addresses the question of how we keep from being "swept along" in a society that has turned its back on what is good. (8/14; posted 4/15)
  • Clues of Religious Commitment by Jack Crabtree. Describes behaviors that indicate a person's religious (rather than intellectual) commitment to beliefs. (10/13; posted 4/15)
  • Against Fictions by Ron Julian. Encourages Gutenberg graduates to commit themselves to fighting what is false. (7/13; posted 4/15)
  • How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall: A Skill-Based Life by Chris Swanson. Makes the case that wise living is a skill acquired much like other skills. (2/14; posted 4/15)
  • Holding the Line Against Evil by David Crabtree. Responds to Jack Crabtree's paper, "How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast" (Summer Institute 2013), by addressing the question of how we keep from being "swept along" in a society that has turned its back on what is good. (8/13; posted 4/15)
  • Is “Leftism” the Primary Cause of the “Beast”? by Charley Dewberry. Responds to Jack Crabtree's paper, "How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast" (Summer Institute 2013), by analyzing the meaning of "Leftism." (8/13; posted 5/14)
  • Religious and Intellectual Commitments by Chris Swanson. Responds to Jack Crabtree's paper, "How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast" (Summer Institute 2013), by looking at factors that affect how people commit to their beliefs. (8/13; posted 10/13)
  • We Have Met the Beast, and He is Us by Earle Craig. Responds to Jack Crabtree's paper, "How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast" (Summer Institute 2013), by examining how all human beings are hostile to God. (PDF) (8/13; posted 8/13)
  • How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast by Jack Crabtree. Explores what it will look like to exist as a follower of Jesus in the emerging hostile society and how believers can prepare for such a future. (PDF) (8/13; posted 8/13)
  • Summer Institute 2013: How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast by Multiple Authors. From July 31 to August 3, 2013, Gutenberg College held its Summer Institute, “How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast.” The Institute centered on a paper written by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree in which he claims that American culture is quickly, and inexorably, becoming an anti-Christian state and then explores what […] (08/13; posted 8/13)
  • Dismissed by Ron Julian. Responds to the growing cultural trend of dismissing Christians and their beliefs as irrational and bigoted. (04/13; posted 4/13)
  • Successful Relationships by Earle Craig. Looks at the difficulties involved in relationships and offers practical, biblical advice for pursuing successful relationships. (5/08; posted 1/10)
  • The Value of Introspection by Nancy Scott. Makes a case for the importance of self-reflection in the task of loving God and others. (4/08; posted 1/10)
  • Two Thoughts on Growing Older by Kay Smith. Reflects on the fears and the realities of growing older. (6/06; posted 1/10)
  • I’m Confused, You’re Annoying, and He’s Pig-Headed. To God be the Glory! by Kay Smith. Discusses our response to the reality of God's using and forgiving sinners. (11/08; posted 1/10)
  • Persuasion by Chris Swanson. Discusses two important aspects of persuasion—trust and evidence—and the relationship between them. (11/09; posted 1/10)
  • The Generation Gap: Then & Now by Nancy Scott. Looks at the "generation gap" from both sides of the divide. (11/07; posted 1/08)
  • “Becoming” a Christian by Nancy Scott. Reflects on the process of conversion. (4/07; posted 1/08)
  • What I’ve Learned From Dogs by Nancy Scott. Reflects on lessons about life and God. (10/06; posted 1/08)
  • Giving & Receiving in Louisiana by Nancy Scott. Observes people's need for one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (5/06; posted 1/08)
  • Holding the Truth by R. Wesley Hurd. Discusses how Christians should hold their beliefs in a culture "allergic" to truth. (9/05; posted 10/07)
  • Measuring Up by Chris Swanson. Discusses the human desire to conform to worldly standards and how that desire relates to trusting God. (9/06; posted 1/07)
  • Is Our Humanity Showing? by R. Wesley Hurd. Reflects on how the behavior of Christians often contributes to a negative view of Christianity. (1/05; posted 6/06)
  • In the Garden by Nancy Scott. Reflects on the reconciliation of human losses, pain, and suffering with the mercy and goodness of God. (5/05; posted 6/06)
  • Waiting by Nancy Scott. Contemplates how "slowing down"--physically and spiritually--enables us to learn about the goodness and sovereignty of God through truly knowing our fear, pain, discomfort, and need for mercy. (9/04; posted 6/04)
  • Honestly Connecting by Nancy Scott. Discusses how honest communication about life's struggles is part of a Christian's sanctification. (1/03; posted 9/03)
  • Confronting Reality by Nancy Scott. Uses the film A Beautiful Mind to discuss the connection between facing reality and our mental health. (5/02; posted 6/02)
  • Considering Courage & Truth by Nancy Scott. Explores how moral courage relates to our view of truth. (11/01; posted 1/02)
  • Growing Up by Nancy Scott. Uses news of a young person's drug overdose to discuss the choices parents and children face in our culture. (9/00; posted 1/02)
  • Paradigm Shifts by Larry Barber. Discusses the nature of the radical change that occurs in the heart of a believer. (5/00; posted 1/02)
  • Living in the Past by Larry Barber. Tells why we should not "forget what lies behind." (6/01; posted 1/02)
  • Feelings & Responsibility by Nancy Scott. Explores the need for understanding and taking responsibility for our own feelings. (3/01; posted 1/02)
  • The Obstacle of Affluence by David Crabtree. Shows the difficulties of growing up to learn responsibility in an age of affluence. (4/00; posted 2/01)
  • Dignity and Death by Nancy Scott. Critiques the idea of "death with dignity" from a biblical perspective. (11/94; posted 2/01)
  • Musings on Life and Loss by Nancy Scott. Explores the process of grief and the ways God uses that process in the lives of Christians. (10/98; posted 2/01)
  • Trusting God, Loving Others by Nancy Scott. Encourages us to move past blaming others for past hurts and to take responsibility for ourselves. (5/97; posted 2/01)
  • The Psychology of Self-Justification by Larry Barber. Assesses the spiritual dangers of hiding from our own guilt. (2/99; posted 2/01)
  • Being Between by R. Wesley Hurd. Examines the ambiguous nature of the believer's experience in this life. (6/99; posted 2/01)
  • Money and Contentment by Ron Julian. Explores the connection between genuine Christian faith and our attitudes about money. (8/95; posted 2/01)

Audio Series

Audio series with talks related to Living.

  • If you use iTunes to manage your audio/video files, you can download many of these files at our iTunes U site.
  • Many of the MSC audio files below were first recorded at Reformation Fellowship, where some of the MSC staff teach.

  • Christianity@Work Radio Program. The radio program "Christianity@Work" aired from 1997 to 2002 and featured a dialogue between Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree and marriage-and-family therapist Christine Barber discussing the implications of the biblical gospel for our lives. Together they created 183 programs covering a range of topics on relationships and key biblical concepts. (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)
  • Dealing With Fear and Anxiety. Jack Crabtree offers perspective on the fact that Christian believers experience fear and anxiety in life. These talks were given at Reformation Fellowship. (Also on iTunes)
  • Doing Christianity. What is a follower of Christ supposed to DO? This course presents a three-part picture of Christian discipleship: "Knowing the Truth," "Embracing the Truth," and "Living the Christian Life." (This series was presented in 2003-2004 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)
  • How to Follow Jesus When You Cannot Kill the Beast (Summer Institute 2013). American culture is quickly, and inexorably, becoming an anti-Christian state. That's the thesis of a paper by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree in which he explores what it will look like to exist as a follower of Jesus in the emerging hostile society and how believers can prepare for such a future. Is he right? Gutenberg tutors and others in the Gutenberg community presented responses to Jack's paper. After each presentation, a lively dialog between presenters and participants ensued. The Summer Institute, in the spirit of Gutenberg College's approach to education, was a conversation about ideas and their consequences. [The papers from the Summer Institute will be available on the website as each is ready for publication.] (Also on iTunes)
  • Issues in a Biblical Worldview. Because what we believe determines what we do and how we live, we will never do anything more practical than to clarify our thinking about our faith and our world. This series examines some of the issues Christians face as they undertake the process. The talks were given as part of McKenzie Study Center's Biblical Worldview Program in 1991-1992. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College. (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: Jack Crabtree. Individual talks and two-talk series given by Gutenberg tutor Jack Crabtree at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Other GC Tutors. Individual talks given by Gutenberg College tutors at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, OR. (Also on iTunes)
  • RF Talks: Ron Julian. Individual talks given by Gutenberg tutor Ron Julian at Reformation Fellowship, a church in Eugene, Oregon. (Also on iTunes)
  • Sodom and Sexual Purity. Sexuality is one of the most formidable challenges facing a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. MSC staff discuss aspects of sexuality in this series presented in 2003 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College. (Also on iTunes)
  • Understanding and Living with the Dynamics of Sex. McKenzie Study Center staff explore the question of how a Christian deals with the dynamics created by the fact that we are sexual beings. The 9th class, an open discussion, was not recorded. (This series was presented in Fall 2007 as an evening class of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (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)

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