Reading the Bible

Faith Seeking Understanding (FSU)

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:40 AM | Chapel

Christian education is a life-long pursuit. All are welcome to join us for this adult education experience in the Chapel from 9:30 to 10:45 AM most Sundays. Faith Seeking Understanding strives to give Christians and the Christ-curious a way to form opinions and gain tools to see God’s purpose and communicate what is learned to others. Everyone is invited!

The speakers engage us and equip us to better dialogue about the world with the world and each other. We seek to learn how to interpret Scripture and view our faith traditions with a lens of contemporary relevance.


Upcoming FSU Dates

October 28: The Bible Speaks
Series: Hot Topics, Christian Perspective on Migration
Speaker: Beth Frykberg

November 4: Immigrant Stories
Series: Hot Topics, Christian Perspective on Migration
Speakers: Beth Frykberg, Guest Speakers

November 11: The Bible Speaks & The Science of Climate Change
Series: Hot Topics, Christians in the Face of Climate Change
Speakers: Beth Frykberg, David Koshy

November 18: Climate Change and Climate Justice
Series: Hot Topics, Christians in the Face of Climate Change
Speaker: Gary White

November 25: Wrap-Up
Series: Hot Topics, Hot Topics Conclusion
Speaker: Beth Frykberg

December 2: Suffering, Part 1
Series: Suffering in God’s World
Speaker: Greg Love

December 9: Suffering, Part 2
Series: Suffering in God’s World
Speaker: Greg Love

December 16: Suffering, Part 3
Series: Suffering in God’s World
Speaker: Greg Love


Regular Speakers

Pastor Beth FrykbergRev. Dr. Elizabeth Frykberg

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

Born and raised in California, Beth graduated from the University of California Davis majoring in physics. Her theological education began at Fuller Theological Seminary and culminated three degrees later with a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Beth has served the church, as Pastor of Educational Ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA and at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, CA. Working with the India Sunday School Union, she designed and edited a moral education curriculum for preschool through high school grades that has been translated into three languages. Traveling to Cameroon, Africa, with members of her congregation, she helped found Orphan Compassion, an NGO ministry to orphans of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, that aides tribal communities in caring for children within their extended family system by providing educational, nutritional, medical and spiritual support.

Lover of nature and recreation, Beth can be found on vacation in Hanalei, Hawaii, enjoying the beach, scuba diving, and tennis with friends and family.

The Jesus FractalPublications
The Jesus Fractal: Seven Dimensions of Faith (Elevate Faith, March 2016)
Click here for more information.

Classes
Practical, but also thoughtful, Beth has taught classes at Trinity Lutheran, San Francisco, and Princeton Theological Seminaries.

 


Rev. Dr. Greg LoveRev. Dr. Gregory Love

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

As a theologian, Greg Love gives lay people access to challenging ideas. He is willing to take on tough subjects and does it in an engaging, stimulating way. He encourages thoughtful interaction with the students. He deals within the Reformed Tradition but shows a wide spectrum of possibilities and allows us to choose where we fit in. He is the teacher who again and again fills our classroom on a Sunday morning.

Publications
Love, Violence and the Cross: How the Nonviolent God Saves Us through the Cross of Christ (Cascade, 2010)

Research
Atonement, The Relation Between Divine and Human Agency, Divine Providence and Human Suffering

Classes
Introduction to Systematic Theology; God and Human Suffering; Divine Power: Contemporary Views; Sin and Evolutionary Biology; Grace, Will and Spirit; Psychology, Spirituality and Christian Theology; The Theology of Paul Tillich.


Rev. Dr. Eugene ParkRev. Dr. Eugene Eung-Chun Park

David and Dana Dornsife Professor of New Testament
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Chicago (1991)
Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature
Graduate Division of Humanities

Eugene Eung-Chun Park, the Dana and Dave Dornsife Professor of New Testament, doesn’t settle for quick and easy answers. Park came to San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1996 because he wanted to be a scholar without restraints. “I want to share my passion for the Scriptures and I want to make other people fascinated by what they read,” Park said. “I do believe that the text of the New Testament has inspiring power. It is incumbent upon us to let the text speak for itself.” Prior to SFTS, Park taught for three years at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea.

A native of Seoul, Park has studied at the University of Chicago, Yale Divinity School, Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Seoul National University. In 2001, Park wrote the Bible study for the 213th General Assembly, Rooted and Grounded in Love. His other publications include Either Jew or Gentile: Paul’s Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity and The Mission Discourse in Matthew’s Interpretation. He is currently working on his third book, which focuses on Matthew’s understanding of salvation. Park, who maintains a rigorous exercise regimen, reveals his passion for teaching and his pastoral heart when he said, “I will do my best so that when my students read the text with my help, they will be interested and fascinated first, and then transformed in their lives and their ministry.”

Classes
NT Introduction, New Testament Exegesis, Matthew and Ju


Inquiries: FSU@burlpres.org