“The Shape of Thought”—in the Puccinelli Gallery through May

GC Class

Please join us for the opening of a new Puccinelli Gallery art exhibition featuring Summer Johnston’s work, The Shape of Thought. Opening begins Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. Wes Hurd will interview Summer about this body of art work at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be available through the month of May.

This body of images presents the Gutenberg College community of men who
have influenced my understanding. I represent them as both portrait and as
visual deconstructions. The work reflects my synthesis of multiple imparted
answers, my own abandonment of certain answers, and my newfound desire
to raise the questions.

~Sunny Selby-Johnston

Spring Quarter Community Classes & Book Discussion

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The Community Classes below begin Wednesday April 4. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The book discussion below is also free and will meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please join us.

At Gutenberg, we hold two simultaneous convictions about truth seeking. First, freedom of inquiry is critical, and second, an authentic pursuit will lead toward God and Truth. In keeping with these convictions, community classes are intended to be a forum for exploration. They may or may not represent the beliefs and positions of Gutenberg College but are designed to explore topics of significance for our lives.

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April 4, 11 & 18 • Colin Stetter: “Suffering in the Life of the Individual”

Colin Stetter This class will look at the phenomenon of suffering in the life of the individual. The class format will be an open discussion centered on selected readings rather than a lecture. For the first class, we will read and discuss the chapter “Rebellion” from The Brothers Karamazov with an eye towards understanding various secular responses to the problem of suffering. For the second class, we will look at the book of Job and try to understand the attitudes towards suffering found therein. For the third class, we will discuss selections (TBD) from Kierkegaard’s “The Gospel Of Our Sufferings” and engage in how the follower of Jesus elects a path of suffering. Reading the selections before class is encouraged and will make the experience more productive for everyone but is not mandatory.

Colin Stetter graduated from Gutenberg College in 2004, focusing on Karl Marx and Alexander Solzhenitsyn for his thesis. Since then he has gone on to graduate studies in philosophy at Marquette University and has worked in numerous fields, including management, education, and currently machining and fabrication. Colin is also a life-long student of the martial arts and enjoys music, Russian literature, and exploring Oregon with his wife, Kelley, and daughters Indy and Sabine. Colin has kept his education alive by continuing to study with Jack and David Crabtree with the goal of becoming a better Bible student and exegete in order to more fully understand and engage with the worldview and implications of the Gospel.


April 25 & May 30 • Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

In addition to classes, Gutenberg offers book discussions led by Gutenberg alumni. Participants read and discuss a text chosen by an alumnus. This quarter, alumna Carina Crabtree will continue a discussion of Kierkegaard’s Works of Love. You are welcome to join the discussion even if you did not attend last quarter. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the book.

On April 25, please come prepared by having read II B in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”

On May 30, please come prepared by having read parts II C in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”

Carina has this to say about Works of Love:

Carina CrabtreeI am so looking forward to reading and discussing Works of Love with you this year. In this book, Søren Kierkegaard presents a series of reflections on biblical love. When I read this book in the years following my graduation from Gutenberg College, I was struck by how profound, timely, and important this work by Kierkegaard was. Works of Love may be the book that has most impacted my understanding of the Bible’s central teachings: “Love the LORD your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.” I immediately began looking for a way that I could share it with the larger community. I hope that, in reflecting on Kierkegaard’s words together, we can come to a greater understand of God’s love for us, and of how it is that we should love one another.

Carina Crabtree graduated from Gutenberg College in 2012. Her senior thesis, “Never Enough,” focused on Solomon and Thoreau’s perspectives on a wise approach to wealth. Now a mother to two young daughters, Carina appreciates the foundation for life that her time at Gutenberg laid. “Gutenberg was excellent preparation for becoming a mother; I am so thankful for my time there, and for teachers who modeled the importance of parenthood.” Carina and her husband, Stefan, have been married for six years and are currently the Gutenberg house managers.


May 2, 9, 16, 23 & June 6 • Ryan Carroll: “Reflections on the Gospel of John”

Ryan CarrollThis five-week series will explore the Gospel of John’s uniqueness among the four biblical witnesses to Jesus’ life. By probing its distinctive narrative structure and highlighting a few selected themes/emphases, the series will wrestle with these questions:

1. What inspirations may lay behind John’s unique portrayal of Jesus?

2. Does John’s unique portrayal communicate truth about the Messiah that the Synoptic Gospels do not?

Ryan Carroll is an instructor of Bible and Teacher Education at Northwest Christian University, where he also serves as the Education Department’s field placement coordinator and licensure specialist. Ryan and his wife, Jen, are parents to Riley, Reese, and Molly.


May 30 • Carina Crabtree: “Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Carina Crabtee continues the book discussion on “Works of Love” (see above). Please come prepared by having read parts II C in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”


August 2-4: Summer Institute 2018

2018 Summer Institute

Register Here

The old saying is unfortunately true: You can use the Bible to prove anything. People have always disagreed strongly about what the Bible means. Those disagreements arise because people have different ways of reading the Bible.

  • We each bring our preconceived ideas to the Bible.
  • We each have our own way of deciding what the words of a text mean.
  • We each come from traditions that have explained the Bible to us in various ways.

Sometimes it feels as if we are each reading different Bibles. In such circumstances, can the Bible communicate to us? Summer Institute 2018 intends to explore this important issue:

With such a diversity of perspectives,
can the Bible really speak,
and if so, how?

We do not intend to give a systematic, comprehensive set of lectures on this topic. Summer Institute is always an exploration; we seek to provide an experience with some of the flavor of a Gutenberg College education. To explore this question of whether and how the Bible can communicate, we will read and discuss significant texts from Western history. We will read and discuss passages from the Bible. And speakers will present their own reflections on some of the issues raised by those readings. We hope to provide varied and stimulating sessions relevant to the topic of how we read the Bible.


Institute Details


Thursday night, August 2, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Friday night, August 3, 5:00 to 8: 30 p.m.
Saturday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Gutenberg College
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403


(includes dinner on Thursday and Friday nights; coffee, tea, and muffins on Saturday morning; and lunch on Saturday):
Before July 1: $85 (Individual); $110 (Family); $35 (Student)
July 1 and after: $100 (Individual); $125 (Family); $40 (Student)

Stream the lectures live: $15**

* Financial Aid: Limited financial aid packages are available for those who wish to attend. If you wish to apply, please contact the office.

Volunteer opportunities: We can also offer reduced costs for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.

** Online Streaming:

  • Only lectures will be streamed. Discussions will not be streamed.
  • A PDF of the reading material will be provided to streamers to read.
  • A recording of each of the lecture videos will be available online for a month after the end of the conference.
  • Other Details TBA



  • Go here to register online for the Summer Institute. Or call the Gutenberg College office: 541-683-5141.
  • Go here to register for streaming.

Childcare: If you are interested in childcare, please email for more information.


Schedule: TBA

Format: Discussions & Lectures

Gutenberg College Summer Institutes are an opportunity to explore a topic while getting some of the “Gutenberg” experience. That is, we discuss readings from important works in our culture and also listen to talks related to the topic. The presenters/discussion leaders are listed below. A reading packet (PDF) will be emailed to participants.
Readings and lectures: TBA


Speakers / Discussion Leaders

Chris AldermanChris Alderman (M.A., Language and Literature) is a tutor at Gutenberg College and the self-published author of two collections of poetry.

Charley DewberryCharley Dewberry (M.S. Stream Ecology; Ph.D. philosophy) is the dean and a tutor at Gutenberg College. He is the author of Saving Science and Intelligent Discourse: Exposing the Fallacious Standoff Between Evolution and Intelligent Design.

Eliot GrassoEliot Grasso (M.A., Ethnomusicology; Ph.D., Musicology) is the provost and a tutor at Gutenberg College. He is also an internationally known musician.

Wesley HurdWesley Hurd (M.A., Biblical Studies; M.F.A., Painting; Ph.D., Educational Policy) is an artist, lecturer, mentor, and the Director of Education for Watershed Arts Foundation. He was a full-time tutor at Gutenberg College until he retired in June 2012. He is now on the college’s board of governors and serves as a tutor part-time.

Ron JulianRon Julian (M.A., Religion) is a tutor at Gutenberg College, the author of Righteous Sinners, and a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible.

Chris SwansonChris Swanson (M.S., Physics; Ph.D., Physics) is the president and a tutor at Gutenberg College.


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“Righteous Sinners” Now an E-book

RS_Final“This book was born twenty-five years ago on a very bad night. As a young Christian (I converted at nineteen) I struggled greatly with the sin that was all too noticeable in my life. Some of my teachers at the time believed in the “victorious Christian life” theology. Victory over sin was mine, they taught, if I would just walk by the Spirit, if I would just “let go and let God.” I tried, with all the faith I could muster, to do just that. It didn’t seem to work. However I tried to “let go,” I found myself just as much a prisoner of selfishness and lust as I was before. One night—the bad night—I confessed this frankly to one of our leaders and asked for help. His answer changed my life.”

Thus begins the introduction to Righteous Sinners by Gutenberg tutor Ron Julian. Originally published in 1998 by NavPress, Righteous Sinners is now available as an e-book from Gutenberg College Press at

J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College,  commends the book: “Biblically exact and pastorally profound, this book is a gem!”

Paperback copies of the original book are also available from Gutenberg College.


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