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Classes run for eight weeks.

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Christian Screenplays Shouldn’t Suck - Jason Farley

Christian Screenplays shouldn’t suck. Unfortunately, they have gained just such a reputation. The world has been in a story telling contest since the Dragon’s first “Hath God said…” our survival as a people depends on our storytellers being able to compete on an uneven playing field. You will learn the fundamentals of storytelling, the fundamentals of screenwriting, and the way these all apply to making movies. In this class you will learn the ins and outs of screenwriting as a medium as well as how to tell fundamentally Christian stories in an industry that has turned its back on everything that makes stories great. Come prepared to enjoy and think deeper about movies than you ever thought possible.

Schedule of Topics
  1. What does it take to make a film – The triangle of creativity, tech, and business
  2. Theology of creativity
  3. Habits of a writer
  4. The grammar of story
  5. Is it a story or just a concept? How to get from concept to story by understanding sanctification.
  6. Creating protagonists
  7. Creating antagonists (that think they’re the protagonist)
  8. Plotting for Character Development (aka Hurting people you love for their own good)
  9. Don’t forget to feed the bears (The Rhythm and Poetry of Sabbath in Story)
  10. Comedy, drama, and tragedy
Jason Farley is a poet, author, and screenwriter in Spokane, WA. As a co-founder at Loor.tv, he is working to free Christian filmmakers from the tyranny of the Hollywood mafia.

Schedule:
Starts January 11, meets Tues & Thurs, 5pm Pacific time

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In the House of Tom Bombadil - C.R. Wiley

Who is the mysterious and apparently ridiculous Tom Bombadil? How did he manage to get into The Lord of the Rings? There’s been a lot of speculation, but most of it isn’t very convincing. Some critics have proposed that Bombadil was nothing more than a way for a writer who isn’t sure where his story is going to buy time.

But how could that be so? Tolkien was a fussy writer–striking out large swaths of material when he wasn’t happy with them. And in a personal letter he said that there is a point to Bombadil and that’s why he put him into the story in the first place.

But he also said that Bombadil is enigmatic–purposefully so. But is that all there is to say? I’ve written a book to say that we can say a great deal about him. And what we can say is based on what we know about Tolkien’s personal, political, theological, and academic interests and commitments.

This course will explore those matters, and hopefully show students how Bombadil reveals Tolkien’s thoughts on many important and relevant matters we’re facing today.

Books to read:
Lord of the Rings
The Silmarillion
In the House of Tom Bombadil, by C.R. Wiley

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Life is Hardy Har Hard: A Comedy Workshop for Christians

Life on Earth is not for sissies. Every day presents you with trials and tribulations that can rob your joy and make laughter impossible. But that’s not how it’s supposed to be for Christians.

As heirs to the Kingdom of God, Christians ought to be jolly folks. This 7 week course is jam-packed with practical information for how to sharpen your sense of humor and find funny, even in tragedy.

Laughter is a learned behavior and with over 30-years of comedy experience, I can teach you how to do it. The course contains information that will help you:

  • Speak more effectively.
  • Encourage others when they suffer.
  • Overcome depression.
  • Stand up to bullies.
  • Brainstorm zillions of ideas whenever you feel like it.
  • Laugh more often.

Comedy is a weapon for destroying suffering. Learn to wield that weapon like a pro. It will make your whole life better!

(This course is fun too.)

Course Details

Course meets twice a week live on Zoom for 1 hour per class (5pm PAC time/8pm EST on Tuesday and Friday) for 7 weeks. 

First class will be July 13th. Final class will be August 27. (There will be no class August 20th.)

Each session will be a mixture of lecture and activities. Sessions are highly interactive. Students are expected to participate, not merely audit!

Outline of Classes

God Decides What Is Funny Jul 13, 2021 

Always Question Everything Jul 16, 2021 

How Your Brain Works and Why It Matters Jul 20, 2021 

Finding The Planks In Your Eye Jul 23, 2021 

Comedy Is A Weapon Jul 27, 2021 

Assert Your Point of View Jul 30, 2021 

Let’s Make Assumptions! Aug 3, 2021 

Passion or Apathy? Your Choice! Aug 6, 2021 

Function 1: Exaggeration Aug 10, 2021 

Function 2: Contrast Aug 13, 2021 

Function 3: Simile / Metaphor Aug 17, 2021 (Two topics this class)

Function 4: Callback Aug 17, 2021 (Two topics this class)

Introduce Yourself Aug 24, 2021

Your Mundane Life Revisited Aug 27, 2021 

    Book List
    Required Reading:

    “Life is Hardy Har Hard: How to Use Comedy to Make Your Life Better” by John Branyan. Available at Amazon or johnbranyan.com

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    Education is Warfare: How to Start a School

    The time to build schools is here. Christian parents need to recover the job of educating the next generation. Christians made education great because education has been at the heart of the Christian mission. The Great Commission is to teach

    all nations what Jesus commands and in order to do that we need schools. Learn the big picture and history of Christian education and learn how to start a school. Be part of live discussions with experienced educators who have started schools: Doug Wilson, Larry Stephenson, Toby Sumpter, and others. Start your own school today.

    Course Details
    1. Week 1

      1. What is Education? Selections from the Bible, Mon, July 12
      2. A Short History of Education, Wed, July 14

      Week 2

      1. What is Classical Education? Mon, July 19
      2. Book Discussion on The Case for Classical Education, Wed July 21

      Week 3

      1. What you need to make a school: Read ACCS resources & others, Mon, July 26
      2. Church Community and Schools, Wed, July 28

      Week 4

      1. TBD Interview on starting a School, Mon, Aug 2
      2. Recap and discussion, Wed, Aug 4

      Week 5

      1. TBD Interview on starting a School, Mon, Aug 9
      2. Recap and discussion, Wed, Aug 11

      Week 6

      1. TBD on starting a School, Mon, Aug 16
      2. Recap and discussion, Wed, Aug 18

      Week 7

      1. TBD on being a Principal at a School, Mon, Aug 23
      2. Recap and review of course, Wed, Aug 25
    Book List
    The Case for Classical Education (Canon Press)
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    Theology and Culture

    The aim of this course is to supply students with comprehensive insight into foundational Christian principles of reality and to help them gain purchase into the ways in which these principles provide wisdom and insight to engage critically contemporary trends that are impacting the church and society.

    Course Details (Course Start Date is Moving to Nov. 5th)

     

    1. Week One:
      Read for Week One: Grenz, Chapters 1-2; Gay, ‘A Climate for Modernism’ and Chapters 1-2
      Tuesday, October 27:
      – Introductory Matters (Go over the shape of the course)
      – First Principles of the Christian Theological Vision: Scripture, Metaphysics, and Ethics
      Thursday, October 29:
      – First Principles Continued…
      – Biblical Reasoning and Philosophical Tools
      – Theological Analysis as Idolatry Critique

       

      Week Two:
      Read for Week Two: Grenz, Chapters 3 -4; Gay, Chapters 3-4
      Tuesday, November 3
      Election Day (no class)
      Thursday: November 5
      – Classical Christian Vision: The Christian Difference and the Difference it makes
      – Retrieving Christian Transcendence

      Week Three:
      Read for Week Three: Grenz, Chapters 5-6, Gay, Chapters 5-6
      Tuesday: November 10

      Thursday: November 12
      – Western move away from Christian vision continued…
      – God, Creation, Humanity, History redefined
      – Radical Autonomy and the war for Dominance

      Week Four:
      Read for Week Four: Gay, Chapters Chapter 8; Wiker Chapters 1-4
      Tuesday: November 17
      – Character of Modernity: Heresy in various fashions
      – Various paths of Modernity (a bunch of ‘isms’)
      – The continuing impact of this bunch of ‘isms’.
      Thursday: November 19
      – The rise of Suspicion, Deconstructing Modernity
      – Postmodernism (its character and various expressions)

      Thanksgiving week:
      Tuesday: November 24
      Discuss readings so far (make up class for missing Election Day).
      Thursday: No class

      Week Five:
      Read Wiker, Chapters 5-8
      Tuesday: December 1
      – Postmodernism continued…
      – Nihilism, Neo-Gnosticism, Social-Constructivism

      Thursday: December 3
      – The Rise of the Revolutionaries: Post-Marxian Trends

      Week Six:
      Read Wiker, Chapters 9-12
      Tuesday: December 7
      – The origins, aims, and impact of Critical Theory
      Thursday: December 9
      – Critical Theory Continued…

      Week Seven:
      Read Wiker, Chapters 13-15
      Tuesday: December 14
      – More trends and challenges: Political, Ethical, and Spiritual impact
      – A deeper Christian Analysis and Engagement

      Thursday: December 16
      – Wrapping things up: Next Steps
      – Final Discussion
      – Confidence in the Gospel’s riches

    Book List
    Required books:
    1. Holy Scripture
    2. Peter Gay, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy
    3. Stanley Grenz: A Primer on Postmodernism.
    4. Bruce Wiker, 10 Books that Screwed up the World, and Five that didn’t help.
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    Theology of Work

    What does the Bible says about work, industry, creativity, calling, laziness, sabbath rest, wealth, greed, ambition, etc… Learn how your calling is grounded in the deep theological experience of vocation and hard work.

    Course Details
    1. Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm PAC time
    2. Class runs for seven weeks
    3. Class size caps at to 20 households
    4. Registration is per household.

    Course Outline

    1. Wednesday, September 9: The Dominion Mandate & the Gospel
    2. Monday, September 14: Calling & Fruitfulness
    3. Wednesday, September 16: Book Discuss: Plowing in Hope
    4. Monday, September 21: The Goodness of Wealth
    5. Wednesday, September 23: What is Biblical Creativity?
    6. Monday, September 28: Interview: TBA

    No Class Wednesday, September 30

    1. Monday, October 5: Book Discussion: Man of the House
    2. Wednesday, October 7: Sins at Work: Laziness, Cowardice, and Theft 
    3. Monday, October 12: Interview: TBA

    10: Wednesday, October 14: The Power of Sabbath Rest

    1. Monday, October 19: Book Discussion: Ploductivity
    2. Wednesday, October 21: Interview: TBA
    Book List
    Required Reading:
    1. Plowing in Hope by David Hegeman
    2. Ploductivity by Pastor Doug Wilson
    3. Man of the House by Pastor C.R. Wiley

    Other Recommended Reading

    Men at Work, George Will, a deep dive into the serious work of baseball
    Under the Shadow of the Almighty, Elizabeth Eliot’s collection of Jim Eliot’s journals, the record of Jim’s intense drive to serve Christ.
    Shop Class as Soulcraft, Michael Crawford, a philosophy of work

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    CrossPolitic Worldview Series

    This course is designed to provide you the foundations of a biblical worldview and how to apply that worldview to seeing Christ in every area of life.

    Course Details (Course Start Date is Moving to Nov. 5th)
    1. Time/dates TBD
    2. Class runs for seven weeks
    3. Class size caps at to 25 households
    4. Registration is per household. 
    Book List
    COMING SOON
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    Film & Hustle

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