Fall Quarter Community Classes

GC Class

Fall Community Classes begin Wednesday September 27. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please join us.


September 27 & October 4 • Wesley Hurd: The Arts: Finding Our Humanity in a Secular World

Wesley HurdWesley Hurd will present two talks that are an expanded version of his recent Summer Institute lecture at Gutenberg College. The talks will cover his view of why the arts are a unique and universal “language” trans-historically and trans-culturally. He will suggest some ways human art making provides paths to profound levels of knowing and understanding ourselves in the present world.

Wesley Hurd (M.A., Biblical Studies; M.F.A., Painting; Ph.D., Educational Policy) is an artist, lecturer, mentor, and the president of BlueTower 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.


October 11, 18, 25 & November 1 • Colin Stetter: 1 John

Colin StetterCollin Stetter will present a four-week series on 1 John. The church to which the letter of 1 John was written was going through a crisis. Who was the real Jesus? What was central to the teaching of the Gospel? Who had fellowship with God and could expect life in the Final Age? Who had the authority to settle these questions? Join us as we work through John’s letter and learn how he answers these questions and how his answers are relevant for us today.

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.


November 8, 15 and 29 • Jack Crabtree: Genesis

Jack CrabtreeJack Crabtree will present a three-week series on Genesis. In this series on the first few chapters of Genesis, Jack will seek to understand Genesis on its own terms. He will present a fresh understanding of the creation account and the events of the Garden of Eden.

Jack Crabtree was a tutor at Gutenberg College and the director of McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College, from 1994 to 2016. He joined MSC in 1981, and his teaching there focused on interpretation of the biblical texts and biblical philosophy, the history of philosophy and theology, religious epistemology, and hermeneutics. Jack is a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible, and the author of The Most Real Being: A Biblical and Philosophical Defense of Divine Determinism (Gutenberg College Press). He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and currently works as a Bible teacher and researcher through Sound Interpretation Project.



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Gutenberg Matches Matching-Gift Pledge!

Near the end of June 2017, Gutenberg College received a matching-donation pledge of $10,000.00. This pledge matched dollar-for-dollar any new donations or any additional donations current supporters made until August 31st, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year.
With the help of generous supporters, we reached our goal and received the full $20,000. Thanks so much to all of you who helped!

On a visit to Gutenberg College, the donor making the anonymous pledge had this to say about the reasons behind the matching pledge:

While I lived and studied in this building, I was profoundly impacted—both educationally and spiritually. My time here was the most formative season of my life. I not only learned skills that have helped me with my career, I was nurtured and ministered to, and I want others to experience the same—having the opportunity to both learn and grow in wisdom. I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and want to encourage others to support this amazing place so that even more students can attend Gutenberg College and come away as profoundly impacted as I was.

We want to thank this donor for the financial support and the words that provide the special meaning behind the support. We hope the sentiment expressed above resonates with you like it has with us.

We hear similar stories from others who have come through our doors. Many of you have generously supported Gutenberg College over this past year. God has graciously used you and other supporters to keep us on track with the budget the Gutenberg College board approved at the beginning of the year. We are very thankful for each and every one of you for that.

Our matching-gift fundraiser is over, but you can still support Gutenberg. We appreciate every gift.

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Fred Meyer Community RewardsFred Meyer Community Rewards is another simple way that you can help Gutenberg College. Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping us earn a donation. Here’s how the program works:

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The eScrip Program

eScripThe eScrip fundraising program coordinates with local and online merchants to help non-profit organizations. Up to eight percent of what you spend on groceries, clothing, airline tickets, dining-out, and other items can be donated to Gutenberg.

Market of ChoiceFor example, if you shop at Market of Choice, the store will donate two to four percent of the amount you spend on your monthly purchases. The larger your grocery bill, the higher the percentage the store will donate.

For more information and to participate, go to, where you can register to participate in eScrip by selecting the “Sign Up!” button. The website will take you through a few simple steps to register. When you are asked to “Select your school or nonprofit,” simply type “Gutenberg College.”

On the website, you will also find a list of participating local merchants or be able to shop online.

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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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