This is a series of 14 Issues, etc. interviews done in 2002 to accompany the CPH study of the same name. These CPH materials are out of print, but participants in adult catechism study can still get derive benefit by listening to these interviews before they come to class, or listening to this audio in order to review material after class. These interviews can also help to "catch up" participants who miss a class session.
The CPH study was written by Dr. Donald Deffner, who was dedicated to finding fresh ways to present timeless truths. In this case, the content of the faith is taught as participants evaluate various current myths – e.g., that Christians become angels after they die. Each interview takes up 5 myths that have to do with the particular topic of the interview. As these myths are subjected to scrutiny in the light of Scripture, the truth of the Gospel is brought forth.
The interviews each run about an hour. By fast-forwarding through the spot announcements, a person can listen to one in about 45 minutes. The interviews can be a tool to help a pastor put an individual through adult instruction, if need be.
Concordia Publishing House's Lifelight: Foundations course entitled "The Christian's Mission" has a leader's guide (item 203945) and study guide (item 203946). This course is structured around four points that could form the "mission statement" of a congregation or for an individual Christian:
Free companion audio for this course consists of Issues, etc. interviews that accompany each of the 9 sessions. If participants work through their study materials and the audio interviews before sessions, time together can be maximally devoted to discussion. The interviews each run about an hour. By fast-forwarding through the spot announcements, a person can listen to one in about 45 minutes.
This study could be helpful to adults who have just come into a congregation via adult instruction, or even transfer from a sister congregation. It reviews a great deal of catechetical material, in a different way, and extends and applies it to the Christian's mission. The course could also serve as a resource for the ongoing training of elders or evangelism committee members.
Dr. Ken Schurb, Evangelism Executive
LCMS Central Illinois District
1850 N. Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL 62702-1626