“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 Amazon.com.
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.
This fall, five courses are being offered by Gutenberg tutors. Students in Gutenberg College’s Caps Program can earn a “Capella” upon successfully completing the courses, but the courses are open to all interested individuals.
Dr. David Crabtree is offering three capella courses this fall. These courses will begin in October, but the exact starting date and class time will be negotiated with participates. (Participation via Skype is an option.) Courses will meet once per week for about 90 minutes. To participate in these courses, contact Dr. David Crabtree through the Gutenberg office: email@example.com.
- Translation of Acts. The class will translate through the book of Acts at a rate of about 30 verses per week. One or two years of Greek or the equivalent is a prerequisite.
- Deuteronomy. This capella will take students through the whole book of Deuteronomy over the course of the year. Participants will study a chapter each week in preparation for class, and they will take turns presenting their work to the rest of the class. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.
- Josephus’ The Jewish Wars (Part 2). This capella is a continuation of one that started last year. Participants will take turns teaching the class sections from Josephus’ work. The capella will begin with Book V.
Dr. Jack Crabtree is offering two capella courses this fall though Sound Interpretation Project.* Both courses involve individual study outside of class (homework). The location of the courses has yet to be determined. For those outside of Eugene who want to take the class by way of video-conferencing, that will be possible. If you are interested in the courses below, contact Dr. Jack Crabtree through the Gutenberg office: firstname.lastname@example.org..
- Introduction to Understanding New Testament Greek (SIP Course #99). One of the challenges to learning Greek is all the memorization required. Fortunately, modern computer technology has made it possible to translate the Greek New Testament without actually gaining fluency in the N.T. Greek language. This course is for people who want to learn how to study and translate the Greek New Testament without having to learn how to sight read Greek and be able to recognize all the grammatical forms. If you know absolutely nothing about N.T. Greek, this is the course for you.
• The course will probably begin November 5, but this is subject to change.
• The will be no fees charged for this course. However, you will need to invest in some computer software and resources (about $300) and perhaps a textbook.
- The Content of Biblical Philosophy (SIP Course #1 and #2). For anyone who would like to digest a coherent, systematic presentation of the message and worldview of the Bible, Sound Interpretation Project is offering a course, beginning this fall, on The Content of Biblical Philosophy. The course involves studying Jack Crabtree’s notes on the subject and then engaging in dialogue about the content of those notes in a seminar environment.
• The course will probably begin November 8 and continue throughout most of the school year (with appropriate holiday breaks, but this is subject to change.
• The course will probably be held weekly on Sunday afternoons from about 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., but this is subject to change.
• The will be no fees charged for this course. However, Dr. Crabtree’s notes will be emailed to you, and you will have the expense of printing them (a couple hundred pages), if you want a paper copy.
*The Sound Interpretation Project (SIP), a non-profit organization begun by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree, is committed to promoting a sound understanding of the Bible and its message. In pursuit of that mission, SIP is offering a comprehensive series of courses in Biblical Philosophy and in the New Testament.
All the articles printed in 2014 in our monthly News & Views newsletter are now available in the Articles section. There you will find a list of all our articles, or you can search by author or topic.
All the articles printed in 2013 in our monthly News & Views newsletter are now available in the Articles section. There you will find a list of all our articles, or you can search by author or topic.
- In “Truth Detectors,” Chris Swanson proposes that people are born truth-detectors and that they are very good at it.
- In “The Future of Higher Education,” David Crabtree describes the upheaval in higher education and speculates on its future.
- In “Dismissed,” Ron Julian responds to the growing cultural trend of dismissing Christians and their beliefs as irrational and bigoted.
- In “Not All Great Books Colleges Are Alike,” Charley Dewberry describes what distinguishes Gutenberg College’s education from other “great books” colleges.
- In “Common Sense for a Postmodern Age,” Gilmore Greco discusses the nature of knowledge and the project of philosopher Thomas Reid.
- In “Against Fictions,” Ron Julian encourages Gutenberg graduates to commit themselves to fighting what is false. (From a talk given to Gutenberg’s 2013 graduating class.)
- In “Three Disciplines of Dialogue,” Becca Manley, Madelaine Wheeler, and Samuel Weisse discuss three disciplines of dialog that the class of 2013 came to value during their four years together.
- In “Clues of Religious Commitment,” Jack Crabtree describes behaviors that indicate a person’s religious (rather than intellectual) commitment to beliefs.
- In “Return to Rome,” Tim McIntosh notes similarities between modern America and first-century Rome where the Christian movement thrived.
- In “The True Story of Christmas,” Jack Crabtree tells the Christmas story as the Bible, rather than traditional Christianity, presents it.
Gutenberg College introduced a new study program in 2014: the Caps Program. This program requires graduate level academic work, but it is unaccredited, and the course work is unlikely to be recognized by any accredited institution. The Caps Program could be interesting to two kinds of people: (1) those who want to pursue a graduate level education in one of the disciplines listed below; and (2) those who want to take advantage of the educational opportunities (individual courses) offered in conjunction with these programs. A complete description of the Caps Program is available here.
Caps Program Disciplines:
- Music History
- Philosophy of Science
- New Testament in English
- New Testament in Greek
- Old Testament Exegesis
- New Testament Greek