Tim Nelson 

 
503-585-4190
tnelson52@comcast.net
I was an ordained minister and a missionary in Nigeria, a long time ago. I’m now retired from working at Standard Insurance. I have about 13,000 books and love to teach. I lead three monthly book discussion groups and have taught about 30 courses at various Community groups over the last 15 years. My favorite course topics are: Proverbs, Islam, Psalms, and CS Lewis. I always enjoy taking questions and comments, and can work them into the topic. I live in West Salem with my wife Linda; I have two children and two grandchildren.

Tim Nelson's Topics

TopicDescription# of SessionsCategories & Focus
2 Kings Based on the book, The Politics of God and the Politics of Man

WIN Statement
Will know how to read 2 Kings and see God's purposes carried out; also have some ideas about what God is doing now.
6

Bible Passages - O.T.
Up
A Christian view of Islam A brief summary of Muslim history - helping Christians understand news stories and make informed political decisions.

WIN Statement
Will understand how Islam differs from Christianity and will be able to use a large vocabulary of Muslim concepts.
4-7

World Views
Out
Art History How to feed your soul through great images from art history – paintings, sculpture & architecture.

WIN Statement
Will know how to use art reproductions to deepen spiritual life.
1-2

Education
Up
CS Lewis Study of his life and books, Narnia, science fiction, apologetics, Biblical studies, etc.

WIN Statement
Will be encouraged to read some Lewis books and see him as a valuable Christian guide.
4-8

Education
Up
Ecclesiastes Study of the strangest book in the Old Testament.

WIN Statement
Will understand how this book differs from other parts of the Bible, yet still promotes our faith.
3

Bible Passages - O.T.
Up
Great Christians from History Study of one person a week, including Athanasius, Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis, Luther, Wesley, Wilberforce, Finney, C.S. Lewis, and Tozer

WIN Statement
Will understand how wide the Christian world is, where we fit in to the history of our faith; maybe inspired to follow examples of some of them.
8

Education
Up
Proverbs

WIN Statement
Will know how to read the book to gain wisdom
8

Bible Passages - O.T.
Up
Roman Catholicism How is Catholicism different from our beliefs and practices? I will not be claiming Catholicism is more correct than Protestantism.

WIN Statement
Will recognize how Catholics are different and similar to us: will enable us to see Catholics we meet as Christian brothers/sisters.
4

Education
Up
Selected Creeds of the Church Historical and theological meaning of the Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian Creeds, Westminster Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, etc.

WIN Statement
Groups will understand advantages and disadvantages of having a creed; see the differences between Christian traditions.
3-6

Education
Up
Selected Psalms How to use the Psalms for spiritual growth. 3-7

Bible Passages - O.T.
Up
Seven Deadly Sins A traditional way to understand the role of sinful impulses in our lives.

WIN Statement
Groups will understand how to do spiritual warfare with focus on our habits and impulses.
4-7

Discipleship
Up
What’s wrong with Fundamentalism? Even if you call yourself evangelical, many Americans think of you as fundamentalist. What are their objections to Fundamentalism? Are any of these valid?

WIN Statement
Will understand how non-Christians see us and help us avoid pitfalls in how we present our faith.
4

World Views
Out
World Views What is a world view? Is Christianity a world view? How does Christianity as a world view compare to others you might encounter?

WIN Statement
Will see how to recognize world views in friends, movies, books and how to intelligently share your faith.
4-7

World Views
Out