Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will present two online classes running Feb. 6-March 30, 2012. Wayne Yost, general presbyter, Presbytery of Kiskiminetas, will lead “nFOG101” and Jenee Woodard, author of the lectionary-resource website “The Text This Week,” will present “Teaching and Preaching the Letters of Paul.”

“nFOG101” will provide an overview of what has changed and has not changed with the adoption of the Form of Government in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The focus will be on the session and congregation. The content will be appropriate for ministers, commissioned ruling elders, and ruling elders. The course is intended to be interactive with participants regularly engaged in online discussions. Participants will discuss questions like the following: What is the theory behind “new FOG”? What impact will it have on our Presbytery? How can it be implemented effectively in our congregation?

Participants in “Teaching and Preaching the Letters of Paul” will look at the background, context, and theological themes in the letters of Paul (and the letters attributed to him), in order to think about how to preach from these passages. What are the contexts of these letters? Who were the original audiences? What might Paul (and others) have been saying to them and why? What do the various “passages” mean within their context within these letters? How might we go about interpreting the passages and the letters as a whole with and for a congregation?

Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for information. Cost is $195 per class. Learn more online.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.