We study together the Holy Word of God and the testimonies of his great witnesses.
In addition we explore the great issues facing our world. All of this is to enhance our understanding and perfect our discipleship today.
Adult......................9:00 to 10:00 am
Children/Youth.....9:00 to 10:00 am
(No children's classes during summer recess.)
Morning Bible Study....10:00 am
Evening Bible Study......7:30 pm
"With the Mind" (book discussion, see below)
3-5 pm, every fourth Saturday
Summer Hymn School in 2015 is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, June 17 - 19, 9:30 to 11:30 am.
We also have confirmation and acolyte classes for our youth. The dates and times of these classes vary accordingly. See below for more information.
House of Studies
First Lutheran Church of West Seattle
(as taught by the Rev. Ronald F. Marshall)
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 – flcws.org.
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.
With the Mind
in the Church Lounge, 3-5 pm, the fourth Saturday of each month.
Sept. 27 Brett McCracken, Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide (2010).
Oct. 25 David Montgomery, The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood (2012).
Nov. 22 Frederica Mathewes-Green, The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God (2009).
Dec. 27 Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (2008).
Jan. 24 Thomas Bergler, The Juvenilization of American Christianity (2012).
Feb. 28 Tosca Lee, Iscariot: A Novel of Judas (2014).
Mar. 28 C. C. Smith & J. Pattison, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (2014).
Apr. 25 Martin Mosebach, The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (2006).
May 23 Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012).
Sept. 28 Caroline Coleman O’Neill, Loving Søren: A Novel (2005).
Oct. 26 Johan Corvino and Maggie Gallagher, Debating Same-Sex Marriage (2012).
Nov. 23 Duncan K. Foley, Adam’s Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology (2006).
Dec. 28 Stacy Horn, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others (2013).
Jan. 25 J. M. Brandt, ed., Selections from Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics [Sittenlehre, 1843] (2011).
Feb. 22 Gregg A. Ten Elshof, I Told Me So: Self-Deception and the Christian Life (2009).
Mar. 22 Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, Why I Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion (2009).
Apr. 26 Mark A. Gornik, Word Made Global: Stories of African Christians in New York City (2011).
May 24 Richard John Neuhaus, American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile (2009).
Sept. 22 Richard Watson, Cogito Ergo Sum: The Life of René Descartes (2002).
Oct. 27 Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (2004).
Nov. 24 Mark Johnston, Saving God: Religion After Idolatry (2009).
Dec. 29 W. A. Dembski, M. R. Licona, ed., Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (2010).
Jan. 26 Carl E. Braaten, Who Is Jesus? Disputed Questions and Answers (2011).
Feb. 23 Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (2007).
Mar. 23 Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2004).
Apr. 27 Stephen King, Desperation: A Novel (1996).
May 25 Michael S. Gazzaniga, Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain (2012).
Sept. 24 Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (2005).
Oct. 22 Rebecca Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2010).
Nov. 26 Andreas Köstenberger & Michael Kruger The Heresy of Orthodoxy (2010).
Dec. 30 (Fri.) Bill Myers, Eli: A Novel (2000).
Jan. 22 Julia Scheeres, Jesus Land: A Memoir (2005).
Feb. 26 Walker Percy, The Second Coming: A Novel (1980).
Mar. 26 Susan Pfeffer, Life as We Knew It: A Novel (2006).
Apr. 23 William Johnston, Christian Zen, 3rd Edition (1997).
May 28 Andrew Newberg, et al, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science & the Biology of Belief (2002).
Sept. 25 Ken Grimwood, Replay: A Novel (1986, 2002).
Oct. 23 Anne Rice, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008).
Nov. 27 W. J. Wright, Martin Luther’s Understanding of God’s Two Kingdoms (2010).
Dec. 26 (Sun.) Bruce D. Forbes, Christmas: A Candid History (2008).
Jan. 22 Peter Gay, Modernism: The Lure of Hersey (2007).
Feb. 26 Clyde Edgerton, The Bible Salesman: A Novel (2008).
Mar. 26 Reynolds Price, The Good Priest’s Son: A Novel (2005).
Apr. 23 Barbara Ehrenreich, Bight-sided (2009).
May 28 P. Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010).
Sept. 26 Bowman & Komoszewski, Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Divinity of Jesus (2007).
Oct. 24 Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity (2008).
Nov. 28 Quash & Ward, eds., Heresies and How to Avoid Them (2007).
Dec. 26 Philip Jenkins, The Lost History of Christianity (2007).
Jan. 30 Alister McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism (2006).
Feb. 27 Michael Faber, The Fire Gospel (2009).
Mar. 27 William Young, The Shack (2007).
Apr. 24 Carl Braaten, Because of Christ: A Memoir of a Theologian (2010).
May 29 Ann Rice, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2007).
Anne Rice, Christ the Lord: Out of
Oct. 25 Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork: A Novel (2007).
Nov. 22 Lizsa Mundy, Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Our World (2008).
Dec. 27 Pope Benedict XVI, Saved in Hope: Encyclical Letter (2007).
Calvin R. Stapert, A New Song
Mar. 28 Joseph Roth, Job: The Story of a Simple Man (1930, 1982).
Apr. 25 David Klinghoffer, Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History (2005).
May 23 Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind (2007).
Sept. 29 Fydor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. R. Pevear & L. Volokhonsky (1880; 1990, 2002), Parts I & II.
Oct. 27 Fydor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov , trans. R. Pevear & L. Volokhonsky (1880; 1990, 2002), Parts III, IV and the epilogue.
Nov. 24 Carl E. Braaten, Principles of Lutheran Theology, Second Edition (2007).
Dec. 29 Daniel C. Maguire, The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy (2007).
Jan. 28 Francis Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2006).
Feb. 25 Matthew Stewart, The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World (2006).
Mar. 25 Leonard Sweet, The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living With Grande Passion (2007).
Apr. 29 Janis Rozentals, The Promise of Eternal Life: Biblical Witness to Christian Hope (1987).
May 27 Susan Howatch, Absolute Truths: A Novel (1994).
Sept. 24 Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (1847, 1995), Part I.
Oct. 22 Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (1847, 1995), Part II.
Nov. 26 Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI], Salt of the Earth (1997).
Dec. 31 Philip Jenkins, Hidden Gospels (2001).
Glenn C. Altschuler, All Shook Up:
How Rock 'n' Roll Changed
Feb. 25 Colleen Carroll, The New Faithful (2002).
Mar. 25 William A. Dembski, ed., Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (2004).
Apr. 22 Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter: A Novel (1998), Parts I-II.
May 27 Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter: A Novel (1998), Parts III-IV.