Fall 2017 Class Schedule

Session I - August 28 - October 2

Mondays—The Other Side of Sports
August 28, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost: $80
Instructor: Hope Hines, Retired Local Sportscaster, Motivational Speaker and Author

These classes will explore the inside, outside, ups and downs of the business of sports. We will investigate the global fascination with games, athletes, and fans. Our study will include the business side of ownership and administration. We will invite guest experts in various fields to speak, and our students will have the opportunity to learn the art of sports interviewing and writing.

Tuesdays—God’s Word for Warriors – 10 Weeks Series
August 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10-11:30 a.m.
Ezell Center, Swang Chapel
Cost: $120
Instructor: Tom Seals, Lipscomb University Professor of Biblical Practice Veteran Chaplain

This course of study, “God’s Word for Warriors,” resolves to address several situations that our American soldiers face in their goal of normalcy in their post-service future.  In seeking to assist our veterans in “reconnecting” with our culture, this course is designed to inform the civilian populace of the various issues our service men and women face.  The class will follow the path of a veterans’ only faith and culture Bible courses offered in the College of Bible & Ministry at Lipscomb, taught by Dr. Tom Seals, Professor of Biblical Practice and Chaplain to Student Veterans.  One of the major problems confronting many veterans is that it is often difficult to “connect with supportive people and new opportunities” (“A New Focus on the ‘Post’ in Post-Traumatic Stress’ (The New York Times, December 25, 2012).  Over the next 10 weeks, the class will address this need of developing a supportive network, community, and churches for our veterans.  A required text for the course will be: God’s Word for Warriors: Returning Home Following Deployment. The book can be purchased at the following: http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-001039091/Gods-Word-for-Warriors.aspx.

Tuesdays Continued—Martin Luther and the Ninety-Five Theses: The Protestant Reformation
August 29 and September 5, 12, 19, 26
3-4:30 p.m.
Swang Business Center, Room 102
Cost: $80
Instructor: David Lawrence, Retired Lipscomb History Professor

It has been five hundred years exactly since Martin Luther nailed to the public bulletin board at the castle church of Wittenberg, Germany, 95 propositions for debate growing out of his questioning of the sale of indulgences. If we are to understand what it means to be Protestants, what the situation of the Church is in 2017 and where we are to go from here, we need to understand from where we have come. We need to know the basis of our identity by knowing the influences that shaped Luther and the circumstances in which he lived in the early sixteenth century.

We shall approach this timely study in five lessons:
1.    History of Christian thought to 1500
2.    Luther’s Background
3.    “The Gates of Paradise” and the 95 Theses
4.    The Consequences including the break with Rome
5.    The Spread of the Protestant Reformation

Wednesdays—The Great American Songbook, Part 2: The Great Craftsmen and Lesser-Known Hit Makers
August 30 and September 6, 13, 20, 27
3-4:30 p.m.
Ward Auditorium
Cost: $80
Instructor: Gary Wilson, Lipscomb Director of Choral and Vocal Studies

The “Great American Songbook” is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. It includes the most popular and enduring songs from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theatre and Hollywood film. This class will learn about some of the songs from this catalogue. Songs studied in this class will include Tea for Two, More Than You Know, That's Entertainment, Taking a Chance on Love, Georgia on My Mind and as many others as possible. A significant part of this class will be listening to recordings of these well-known songs. At the end of the class, students will have the opportunity to travel to Carmel, IN to visit The Great American Songbook Foundation, a museum dedicated to celebrating the art of The Great American Songbook and preserving its legacy for the next generation.

Thursdays—Jack and Tollers (C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien):  Fellow Witnesses, Bards, and “Lovers of our Lord.”
August 31 and September 7, 14, 21, 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Swang Business Center, Room 102
Cost $80
Instructor: Ken Durham, Lipscomb University Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching

Tollers (J.R.R. Tolkien) said of his friend Jack (C.S. Lewis):  “Friendship with Lewis has done me much good, from the contact with a man [who is] at once honest, brave, intellectual—a scholar, a poet, and a philosopher—and a lover, after a long pilgrimage, of our Lord.”
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) is probably the most well-known, and widely-read Christian writer of modern time.  J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) may be the best-selling writer in history (outside the Bible and Koran), with close to one-quarter billion copies of his hobbit tales having been sold.
Off and on for over 35 years these distinguished Oxford professors, one a committed Catholic and the other (in God’s good time) a confessing Anglican, met one another regularly to share drinks and conversation and the enjoyment of their current literary projects, even as they were creating some of the most beloved stories of all time.  Their influence on and encouragement of one another was such that without their friendship, we might never have experienced The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia.
They were, each in his own unique fashion, witnesses (to the Gospel), bards (tellers of tales, composers of epic literature), and unapologetic lovers of Jesus Christ.  And their profound influence on our faith and imagination continues undimmed, now many years after their passing.
Join us for a 5-week exploration of the lives and literature of these towering Christian authors, with special attention given to the intersections of their lives, and to the most recent scholarship on their writings.

Fridays—The Master Gardener Series
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10-11:30 a.m.
Fifty Forward Martin Center
960 Heritage Way, Brentwood TN
Cost $80
Facilitators: Ann and Nancy Duncan, Master Gardeners

Each week we will share a presentation from different experts in gardening from across middle Tennessee. We’ll provide containers and instructions for getting everyone’s soil tested. There’s a fee of $18 for this service. We’ll also include suggestions for attracting birds, especially hummingbirds, in one of the classes.
Here are some topics of interest that will also be discussed.

•    Square foot gardening presented by Master Gardener Sadira Ebert, Master Gardener
•    Urban trees and best maintenance practices presented by Amy Dismukes, Horticulture Extension Agent for Williamson County.
•    Attracting pollinators and organic options in pest management presented by Dr. David Cook, agent at the Ellington Agriculture center in Davidson County.
•    Vegetable gardening including repelling wildlife presented by Ann Harvey, Master Gardener.
•    Families and gardening presented by Jerry Alldredge, retired Crop and Soils Extension Agent for Colorado State University.

 

Session II - October 16 - November 17

Mondays—Who was Edgar Allan Poe?
October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost $80
Instructor: Dennis Loyd, Retired Lipscomb University Professor of English

Poe's life was almost as mysterious as some of his short stories. The master of mystery and suspense, he is recognized as the "father of the modern detective story." In addition, he wrote a number of highly musical poems, many of which are also marked with the unusual, sometimes the bizarre. Our text will be "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe," Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4165-3476-1.

Tuesdays—“Eternal Fire and Golden Streets: What Does the Bible Really Teach About Heaven and Hell?”
October 17, 24,31 and November 7, 14
3-4:30 p.m.
Swang Business Center, Room 102
Cost $80
Instructor: Rob McRay, Lipscomb University Adjunct Bible Professor

In recent decades, a growing number of leading scholars, theologians, and ministers have been rethinking the traditional doctrine of the eternal torment of souls in hell. This class will explore what the Bible does and doesn’t teach about the eternal destiny of believers and unbelievers. Is heaven really a city with clear golden streets & pearly gates? Will God really torture the wicked for all eternity? Does the “soul of man never die”? How are we to understand what the Bible says about hell in the light of what the Bible says about God’s love and justice?

Wednesdays—America’s Civics Lesson
October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost $80
Instructor: Linda Peek Schacht, Lipscomb University, College of Leadership and Public Service

2017 has been a rollicking, nonstop, lesson—and test—on how US government works, or not, and how the norm-shattering 2016 presidential election led to a norm-shattering presidency.  Along the way, we got an almost daily civics lesson on the Constitution, especially separation of powers and the freedoms of the First Amendment.  The presidency, the Congress, the courts, and the media were tested, but the foundations of democracy held.  Who knows where we will be when the first class starts? Come join us to review the past year, the present, and look to the future, including the important role cities and states and local media have played in the past year.

Thursdays—What is Art?
October 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16
3-4:30 pm
Swang Business Center, Room 102
Cost $80
Instructor: Rocky Horton, Lipscomb University, Professor of Art

Visual art has a wide range of expressions. This course will introduce the student to this exciting variety and raise questions about the definition of art and its role in culture.
This course will also examine the works and ideas of Art from antiquity to the present.

Fridays—The Master Gardener Series
October 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17
10-11:30 a.m.
Blakeford of Green Hills
11 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville TN
Cost $80
Facilitators: Ann and Nancy Duncan, Master Gardeners

Each week we will share a presentation from different experts in gardening from across middle Tennessee. We’ll provide containers and instructions for getting everyone’s soil tested. There’s a fee of $18 for this service. We’ll also include suggestions for attracting birds, especially hummingbirds, in one of the classes.
Here are some topics of interest that will also be discussed.

•    Square foot gardening presented by Master Gardener Sadira Ebert, Master Gardener
•    Urban trees and best maintenance practices presented by Amy Dismukes, Horticulture Extension Agent for Williamson County.
•    Attracting pollinators and organic options in pest management presented by Dr. David Cook, agent at the Ellington Agriculture center in Davidson County.
•    Vegetable gardening including repelling wildlife presented by Ann Harvey, Master Gardener.
•    Families and gardening presented by Jerry Alldredge, retired Crop and Soils Extension Agent for Colorado State University.