Bible Class Schedule


House of Studies


Bible. From September to May there are two different 90 minute Bible studies on Wednesdays – at 10 am and 7:30 pm. Each class is 16 weeks long. There is also an eight week, 60 minute study at 9 am on Sundays, year round, that often studies the Bible. And every month there is a two page home Bible study made available.


Luther. From September to May the Sunday 9 am class usually includes a couple eight week classes on Luther. Quotes from Luther are also included in the church newsletter articles and in the sermon notes for each Sunday.


Historical & Social Topics. From September to May the Sunday 9 am class periodically studies an historical topic or social matter that is germane to the Lutheran church, e.g. the causes of WWI or recent US Supreme Court decisions on prayer in public schools.


Book Club. From September to May nine books on topics in Christianity are discussed in a two hour session on the fourth Saturday of each month. Book lists from past years are posted on the church webpage –


Qur’an. Since 2003, a two hour class has been offered on the Qur’an, on four consecutive Thursday nights, four times a year (January, April, July, October). Each class goes over two worksheets highlighting a total of 50 verses from the Qur’an – comparing them to the Bible. Over a hundred handouts from Islamic scholars are also made available.


Publications. Pastor Marshall has published over 50 peer reviewed articles in journals and magazines – as well as his 2013 book, Kierkegaard for the Church: Essays and Sermons. These works are available through the church office. Appointments can be made to discuss them with Pastor Marshall.


 Sunday Education

with Pastor Marshall


9:00 to 10:00 am, Room D


FALL SESSION I, September 11 - October 30

Wisdom in Brevity: Luther on Psalm 117

        This eight week class will study Luther’s 35 page commentary from 1530 in Coburg on the two verse long Psalm 117. The text is from Luther’s Works 14:4–39.

This class is the fourteenth in our series of studies on the Reformation, leading up to the 500th anniversary in October 2017. This series began in April 2009.


FALL SESSION II, November 6 - December 18

Refined by Fire: Luther on the Book of Job

        In this eight week class we will study Luther’s scattered comments on The Book of Job. Our theme verse will be Job 23:10.

This class is the fifteenth in our series of studies on the Reformation.


WINTER SESSION, January 1 - 29

Close to the End – Luther’s Last Printed Sermon

        In this short, four week class, we will study Luther’s January 17, 1546 sermon from Eisleben. Even though he preached five more times before his death, the following month, this is the last sermon for which we have a printed text.

This class is the sixteenth in our series of studies on the Reformation. 

 SPRING SESSION I, February 5 – March 26

The Early Letters: A Study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians

        In this eight week class we will study 1 & 2 Thessalonians. These two letters of Saint Paul are considered to be two of his earliest.

Each class session will be based on a worksheet of questions handed out the week before.

, April 2- May 21

Keeping the Faith Straight: Luther on Moses & Jesus

        This eight week class will study Luther’s 1525 treatise, “How Christians Should Regard Moses,” Luther’s Works 35:161–174. This is one of his classic treatments on the difference between the Law and the Gospel.

This class is the seventeenth in our series of studies on the Reformation.                                                            

Moses & the basket.


Schedule for

Wednesday Bible Classes

with Pastor Marshall


Morning 10- 11:30 am

Fall: Mark                                                        Spring: Jeremiah

1) Mark 1.1-45          9) Mark 9.1-50               1) Jeremiah 1.1-2.37         9) Jeremiah 26.1-29.32

2) Mark 2.1-28        10) Mark 10.1-52             2) Jeremiah 3.1-5.31       10) Jeremiah 30.1-32.44

3) Mark 3.1-35        11) Mark 11.1-33             3) Jeremiah 6.1-8.22       11) Jeremiah 33.1-36.32

4) Mark 4.1-41        12) Mark 12.1-44             4) Jeremiah 9.1-12.17     12) Jeremiah 37.1-41.18

5) Mark 5.1-43        13) Mark 13.1-37             5) Jeremiah 13.1-15.21   13) Jeremiah 42.1-46.28

6) Mark 6.1-56        14) Mark 14.1-72             6) Jeremiah 16.1-19.15   14) Jeremiah 47.1-49.39

7) Mark 7.1-37        15) Mark 15.1-47             7) Jeremiah 20.1-22.30   15) Jeremiah 50.1-51.64

8) Mark 8.1-38        16) Mark 16.1-20             8) Jeremiah 23.1-25.38   16) Jeremiah 52.1-34

Evening 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Fall: Ezra & Nehemiah                                         Spring: Galatians 1.1-10

1) Ezra 1.1-2.70        9) Nehemiah 1.1-2.20         1) Galatians 1.1-10        9) Galatians 4.11-20

2) Ezra 3.1-13         10) Nehemiah 3.1-32            2) Galatians 1.11-24      10) Galatians 4.21-31

3) Ezra 4.1-24         11) Nehemiah 4.1-23            3) Galatians 2.1-10        11) Galatians 5.1-8

4) Ezra 5.1-17         12) Nehemiah 5.1-19            4) Galatians 2.11-21      12) Galatians 5.9-15

5) Ezra 6.1-22         13) Nehemiah 6.1-7.73         5) Galatians 3.1-9          13) Galatians 5.16-26

6) Ezra 7.1-28         14) Nehemiah 8.1-9.38         6) Galatians 3.10-18      14) Galatians 6.1-5

7) Ezra 8.1-36         15) Nehemiah 10.1-11.36     7) Galatians 3.19-29      15) Galatians 6.6-10

8) Ezra 9.1-10.44    16) Nehemiah 12.1-13.31     8) Galatians 4.1-10        16) Galatians 6.11-18 



With the Mind


Readings in Contemporary Theology with Pastor Marshall

in the Church Lounge, 3-5 pm, the fourth Saturday of each month.



Sept. 26     Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (2012).

Oct. 24      Not Just Good, But Beautiful: The Complementary Relationship Between Man and Woman, ed. S. Lopes, H. Alvaré (2015).

Nov. 21     Jack Mulder Jr., What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? (2015).

Dec. 26      Nicholas Wolterstorff, The God We Worship: An Exploration of Liturgical Theology (2015).

Jan. 23      Prue Shaw, Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity (2015).

Feb. 27      Drew Dyck, Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying (2014).

Mar. 26     Dallas Willard, The Allurement of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus (2016).

Apr. 23      Daniel William Taylor, Death Comes for the Deconstructionist: A Novel (2014).

May 28      Michael Denton, Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis (2016).


September Book


3-5 pm in the Church Lounge, Saturday, September 26th.

The book for September is American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (2012), by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen Metaxas. This book is about the American ethos and what lies behind our common life in this country. Her thesis is that it’s the thought of the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) who famously argued that God is dead. She defends this alarming claim by showing all of the many American writers who promoted Nietzsche’s ideas in the USA during that last 150 years – especially the great Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1884 ) (pp. 5–10, 295–305). She also shows how the American church and its supporters didn’t take this sitting down, claiming that “the emancipated individual needs to master himself [but] Nietzsche cannot tell us [how]” (p. 134).

A copy of this engaging book on our country’s ethos is in the library. If you would like to purchase one for yourself, contact Pastor Marshall. Feel free to attend our meeting when we discuss the common background to our American culture.