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Breakfast with James: Bible and Theology Overview (San Jose, CA)

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Rev. James Chuck, Th.D.

Come join us for a low key, Taiwanese breakfast! James Chuck will be sharing with us a framework for the Bible and Christian theology. A trailblazer in English ministries and a mentor to many of us at ISAAC, James was pastor at SF Chinatown’s First Chinese Baptist for forty years and is Professor Emeritus of Theology at American Baptist Seminary of the West.

Location:
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church, 4405 Fortran Court, San Jose, CA 95134

Dates/Times:
Saturday, March 12, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Saturday, March 26, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 – 11:30 am
[Click here to register!] [Download Breakfast With James PPT Slide]

MARCH 12: OLD TESTAMENT OVERVIEW
How to read Genesis 1- 11; constructing an Old Testament timeline with Abraham, Moves, David, and Ezra as pivotal figures; the prophetic movement; the psalms and wisdom literature; the formation of the Old Testament canon; and the relevance of the Old Testament to Christian life and mission.

MARCH 26: NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW
The New Testament world; the four Gospels; the growth of the early church; the Pauline Epistles; Hebrews and the General Letters; the Revelation of John; the development of the New Testament canon; the New Testament in Christian life and mission.

APRIL 2: CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY OVERVIEW
The nature of the theological enterprise; the meaning of revelation; the Triune God; God and the presence of evil; humanity as creature, sinner, and new being in Christ; the person and work of Jesus Christ; the life and mission of the church; Christian faith in the context of world religions; and the Christian hope.

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What people are saying about James:

Dr. Chuck has taught in seminary but can speak helpfully to lay persons… he has a relaxed style of presentation, a sense of humor, and great rapport with the audience.

Dr. Chuck is a rare teacher who possesses the combination of knowledge, experience, and wisdom.  In three sessions, he told the story, both historically and theologically, of how Christianity developed into what it is today.  I recommend Dr. Chuck’s series highly to all who are seeking to improve their knowledge of the fundamentals.

Dr. Chuck did a great job with the Overview presentations.  He promotes a non-threatening informal environment which is conducive to learning and fellowship.  He knows his subject matter and can condense complex theological concepts to that they can be understood, and he is able to tailor the presentations to fit his audience.

The sessions outlined in broad strokes the major events documented in the Bible, and raises thought provoking questions that an individual needs to wrestle with in his or her spiritual journey.

Our church people enjoyed the presentations, the informal fellowship, and the singing.

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An Overview of Bible and Theology for Lay People (ISAAC NorCal – CONFAB workshops)

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Join Dr. James Chuck for

An Overview of Bible and Theology for Lay People

  • An experiment in Adult Education scheduled for the fall of 2010.
  • A Powerpoint assisted interactive experience.

Purpose:

  • To bring lay people together from various churches to focus on the biblical and theological basis for the life and mission of the church; and
  • To provide an opportunity for learning from one another;  and
  • To provide a setting for informal conversation, fellowship, and networking.

Three Saturday mornings 9:30-1:00, lunch included. Read more…

SANACS 2009 Journal – Now Available!

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

We are delighted to announce that the 2009 SANACS Journal is now available! 2008-09 SANACS members will receive one free copy of the journal. 2010 ISAAC and SANACS members who donated between Dec. 25-31, 2009 will also receive a complimentary copy. Others may purchase (hard copies and PDFs for downloading) by clicking the following button:

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Discounted additional and bulk copies may also be ordered on-line.

CONTENTS

Amos Yong, The Future of Evangelical Theology: Asian and Asian American Interrogations

Jonathan Tran, Identity as Missiology

Sharon Stanley, Theology from Bamboo, Borders, and Bricks

Jerry Z. Park, Assessing the Sociological Study of Asian American Christianity

Rachel Y. Lei, The Saving Significance of the Cross in Asian American Context

Book reviews

Kelly H. Chong, Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea (reviewed by Rebecca Y. Kim)

Sam George, Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians (reviewed by Andrew Lee)

Soong-Chan Rah, The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (reviewed by Timothy Tseng)

Jonathan Y. Tran, Introducing Asian American Theologies (reviewed by Russell Moy)

Religion and Theology in Asian America: An ISAAC Lecture Series

December 24, 2008 1 comment

ISAAC is delighted to announce the inauguration of “Religion and Theology in Asian America” (RTAA) lectureship in 2009. ISAAC, in partnership with colleges, universities and seminaries across North America, will sponsor talks by scholars and practitioners who specialize in Asian American Religion and Theology (with special attention to Christianity). We are in conversation with U.C. Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Fuller Theological Seminary about hosting at least three lectures in 2009.

The Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (SANACS) steering committee oversees and recruits speakers for the RTAA lectures. The members of the steering committee are:

Dr. Russell Jeung
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Dr. Rebecca Y. Kim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

Dr. Jonathan Tan
Assistant Professor of Minorities’ Studies and World Religions
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Timothy Tseng
Executive Director
Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity
Castro Valley, California

Dr. Russell Yee
Managing Editor
SANACS Journal
Oakland, California

For our “speakers pool,” we are interested in identifying scholars or practitioners who can address a wide range of issues that intersect with the experiences of Asian Christians in North America (e.g, the civic engagement practices of Asian American Catholics, Protestants, and evangelicals; trans-national and diasporic aspects of religion and theology in Asia America; the impact of the North American context on ethnic Asian spirituality and religious practices; reflections on the intersections or disconnections between the study of race, gender, politics, and religion in Asian American studies; etc.).

ISAAC also seeks donors who would like to make these lectures more widely available. We estimate a budget of $5,000 for each lecture. You may direct your gifts to this lecture – go to isaacweb.org for more information or to make an on-line gift.

If you represent an educational institution that is interested in hosting a lecture, if you are interested in becoming a member of the “speakers pool,” or if you are interested in contributing to the lectures, please email Tim Tseng for details.