Celebration of Life for Ross Arnold

Pastor Ross Arnold went home to be with Jesus on Monday, January 14. “Home” has always been a word full of meaning for Ross. He would often say that, if he ever wrote a book, it would be on the theology of home. It was also the word he repeated most during his last day. He was ready.

On Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m., we are planning a Celebration of Life service for Ross here at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Afterward, we will have a time of fellowship and refreshments in the courtyard, when we can share our memories of Ross.

After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Ross worked for several years with World Vision, Joni and Friends and other Christian ministries before settling in Seattle, Washington, in 1989. Over the next 20 years, Ross had a teaching role at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, where he was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. During this time he pursued further graduate studies in theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was ordained through Church Ministry Associates. In November 2009 Ross and his wife, Carolyn Hansen, moved to Lakeside and immediately became involved with Lakeside Presbyterian Church. After several months of teaching a Bible study for the church, Ross was invited to become the pastor in April 2010.

Update to class schedule

Our class schedule is changing for the new term, beginning January 29. We’ll repeat the course descriptions with the new times below:

*Biblical Interpretation – Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Interpretation of Scripture is best done through an understanding and application of the related disciplines of exegesis and hermeneutics. Exegesis is the means of accurately determining what the text says; while hermeneutics concerns itself with interpreting what the text means.  Our course will use techniques of exegesis and hermeneutics to create an effective and comprehensive approach to analyzing, interpreting and articulating the message of Scripture.

Texts:  Grasping God’s Word, J. Scott Duvall; $31.00 USD

*Communications and Homiletics – Thursdays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Homiletics is the discipline of practical theology concerned with preaching and teaching Christian truth.  This course will focus on how to prepare sermons and teachings, as well as a practical approach to better communications through a more effective presentation style.

Text:  12 Essential Skills for Preaching, Wayne McDill; $23.00 USD

*Apologetics – Fridays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Christian Apologetics is the discipline that combines Christian theology and philosophy to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, especially as a means to defend the faith against objections.  Our class will examine practical ways in which Christianity can be effectively presented and defended with historical evidence, philosophical arguments and other intellectual disciplines.

Texts:  Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, William Lane Craig; $17.00 USD

The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell; $27.00 USD

 

 

New classes begin January 28

We’re now preparing for new classes to begin on Thursday, January 29, 2015!

Please call or email Ross Arnold at (376)766-1238 if you’re interested in attending any of these classes. (All classes are free. You only need to buy the textbooks if you are pursuing a degree or certificate.)

Here are the new class descriptions.

*Apologetics – Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Christian Apologetics is the discipline that combines Christian theology and philosophy to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, especially as a means to defend the faith against objections.  Our class will examine practical ways in which Christianity can be effectively presented and defended with historical evidence, philosophical arguments and other intellectual disciplines.

Texts:  Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, William Lane Craig; $17.00 USD

The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell; $27.00 USD

*Biblical Interpretation – Thursdays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Interpretation of Scripture is best done through an understanding and application of the related disciplines of exegesis and hermeneutics. Exegesis is the means of accurately determining what the text says; while hermeneutics concerns itself with interpreting what the text means.  Our course will use techniques of exegesis and hermeneutics to create an effective and comprehensive approach to analyzing, interpreting and articulating the message of Scripture.

Texts:  Grasping God’s Word, J. Scott Duvall; $31.00 USD

*Communications and Homiletics – Fridays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Homiletics is the discipline of practical theology concerned with preaching and teaching Christian truth.  This course will focus on how to prepare sermons and teachings, as well as a practical approach to better communications through a more effective presentation style.

Text:  12 Essential Skills for Preaching, Wayne McDill; $23.00 USD

Back to school! A new term at our Institute

New classes begin on August 14! Here at Lakeside, we don’t experience the changes autumn brings as vividly as they do in Canada or the U.S., but now we can at least reclaim the tradition of going back to school.

This term we’ll be having two classes instead of the usual three. Practical Theology: Living a Fulfilling Christian Life and Philosophical Theology 1.

Practical Theology is all about how our faith ought to impact how we live. We’ll be thinking through what it means to be a follower or disciple of Jesus, specifically in the meaning of stewardship.

If Practical Theology is about what we do, Philosophical Theology is about how we think as believers. The Bible calls us to pursue wisdom, so it’s appropriate to remember that the word philosophy itself means “love of wisdom.”

 

Just a few weeks before the new term

We hope you’ve enjoyed your break. It’s exciting that some of you have been continuing to study, making up courses you’ve missed by watching the videos and reading the texts.

We’re getting ready for the new term now — and if you want to prepare, here’s what’s in store:

On Wednesdays, beginning January 8, we’ll be looking more deeply into the Historical Books of the Old Testament. The outline is posted now, so you can see where we’ll be going. If you’ve already purchased our Old Testament textbook, you can even get started with the reading.

On Thursdays, starting January 9, we’ll explore the Pauline Epistles. Paul was an amazing theologian and loved his Lord whole-heartedly. He appeals to our intellect as well as our emotions, so the class will be a full-brain workout! You can see the full course outline now.

I think we’re all looking forward to Systematic Theology 1! This will no doubt be the most challenging class this term. And it has the potential to be the most important, since all of us need a better grasp of what we believe and why.

Here is the reading list and class schedule for the new term.

Ross has the textbooks available in the church office, so you can purchase them whenever he’s at church — including the first day of class.

Hope to see you at the Institute in January!

Taking a break from classes this fall

We’re getting a long break from classes this fall and winter. After this term is over, we’re not starting up again until January.

We usually get a month-long break between terms. That would have meant starting again in October . . . but Ross will be the guest speaker on a 2-week cruise in October, so the fall term needed to be canceled.

The winter term will conflict with so many church holiday events, that it was decided that we’d better just wait until January.

So . . . use the time well. Catch up on reading. Practice your spiritual disciplines. You can even get credit for a course you missed by watching the videos, reading the textbooks and taking the exam! Email Ross at pastorrossarnold@gmail.com for details about how to do this.

Our 4th term begins soon

We’re ready to start classes again! On Wednesday, July 3, our new term begins with our Old Testament class on the Prophets. Thursdays we’ll be learning about the early church in the book of Acts. And on Fridays we’ll continue our study of church history from the Reformation to today. (It’s not required that you were in the first class on church history to attend this class.)

As always, classes are free. Just come and learn with us.

You can get the reading schedule for this term here.

Spring term registration

Just a note to let you know that our next term of courses at Lakeside Institute of Theology start next Wednesday! (Note that the classes this term will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – still from 1 pm to 3 pm.)

Courses this term will be Pentateuch (Wednesdays), Life and Teachings of Jesus (Thursdays), and Church History 1Apostles to Pre-Reformation (Fridays).

Edit: Here’s where you can find the reading assignments for all three classes.

All classes are still free! The only cost is the purchase of the books, which is required for anyone wishing to get a certificate or degree from the Institute.

Plan to attend…  Tell your friends…  Let Ross know if you have any questions… We look forward to seeing you at Lakeside Presbyterian Church for the first class next Wednesday!