HOSPERS—Hospers Presbyterian Church in America will again host Summer Seminars, intended to engage thoughtful Christians and honest seekers in substantive reflection on the important moral and spiritual issues of our time.
This is the seventh year the church has offered Summer Seminars.
Past topics have included the Bible and homosexuality, an exposé on the “Heaven is for Real” phenomenon, the myths of “self-esteem,” “unconditional love” and “self-forgiveness,” an examination of the Cursillo movement, the biblical error of feeding the able poor, an evaluation of the efficacy of “mission trips,” principles for biblical mercy ministry, understanding God’s guidance, dealing with anger, transgenderism, marriage expectations and sexual pleasure in marriage.
The seminars offered in 2017 dealt with the timely issues of intersectionality, personal evangelism and apologetics, and depression.
In 2018 topics included attachment disorder, fears and phobias, and an evaluation of Saul Alinksy’s book “Rules for Radicals.”
Last year the church offered three seminars on the subjects of ethics and moral reasoning.
The series of seminars for 2020 will focus on the supposed intellectual roots of the present moral/sexual revolution that has created widespread moral chaos and misery in the form of sexual aberrations, broken lives and marriages, prostitution and sexual abuse, not to mention the horrific scourge of abortion on demand, the moral issue of our time.
The first seminar will be Tuesday, June 9, and is titled: “Sigmund Freud’s Complicated Oedipal Complex.”
Called the “father of modern psychology,” the controversial Austrian physician broke ground with his wide-ranging theories on the human mind and its afflictions. Sexual desire and activity were at the core of his program lending a “scientific,” psychological veneer to the current sexual revolution.
His impact cannot be overstated. However, recent revelations suggest that Freud himself was likely speaking of his own unusual sexual fantasies that resulted in an adulterous, incestuous affair with his wife’s sister.
Other studies in the series will include:
- Tuesday, June 23: “Margaret Mead’s ‘Fantasy Island’” (Anthropology).
- Tuesday, July 21: “Alfred Kinsey’s Wild Ride (or Bogus Adventure?)” (Biology).
- Tuesday, Aug. 11: “Karl Barth’s Neo-Unorthodox Arrangement” (Theology).
The speaker is Dr. Brian Janssen, a pastor for more than 30 years. The author of three books, Dr. Janssen has lectured widely on a variety of subjects. He is a Certified Biblical Counselor (ACBC) and adjunct professor at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. The presentations are in a multimedia format with generous time for question and answer interaction.
All Summer Seminars are held at the church at 200 Elm St. begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Refreshments will be served during the break.