Word & Note

The Divine Arts of Knowledge and Exultation

With Peter Enns and Bassoons Across Nebraska

Peter Enns

Peter Enns (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA). He has taught undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University.  Enns speaks and writes regularly to diverse audiences about the intersection of the ancient setting of Bible and contemporary Christian faith. He is also the host of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People, blogs at peteenns.com, and has written, edited, and contributed to over 20 books, including The Sin of Certainty, The Bible Tells Me So, and most recently How the Bible Actually Works. Enns resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Susan. 

Bassoons Across Nebraska

Bassoons Across Nebraska is a bassoon collective, showcasing the best bassoon playing in the region.  The core members of the group are composed of performers from two of Nebraska’s premiere performing arts organizations, the Omaha and Lincoln Symphony Orchestras. These talented and versatile musicians perform music of a wide variety of styles, ranging from 17th century Baroque to modern pop, jazz and tangos, marches and opera.  The Bassoons also perform music by Nebraska composers and have helped commission new works.  With the singular and delightful sounds of a bassoon ensemble, Bassoons Across Nebraska seek to raise “Bassoon Awareness” throughout the region.

Full Event Schedule

Friday, February 7 – 8 PM

“What is God Like? Reimagining God in the Bible” with Peter Enns

What is God like is a central question of faith yet one that is hard to answer with certainty. In the Old Testament, which covers a span of a millennium, we see again and again the process of reimagining God in light of the changing circumstances and experiences of biblical writers. We will look at various examples from the Old Testament of people of faith reflecting on what God is like, even debating other biblical writers, driven by their experiences and life challenges.

Saturday, February 8

10:00 AM -12:00 PM
“Reimagining God in the Church” with Peter Enns

A common notion about God in the Christian tradition has been and continues to be that God never changes. That may be, but the portrayals of God have changed quite a bit through church history, a process that began already in the early dawn of the Christian movement. Reimagining God is central to the existence of the Kingdom of God that Jesus preached, and the process of reimagining God has been part of the Christian theological journey ever since.

12:00 -1:00 PM 

In Fellowship Hall or on your own

1:00 – 2:30
Reimagining God in the Life of Faith” with Peter Enns

True faith is an evolving faith—including on the question of what God is like. What we think God is like is bound up in our experiences as we walk through this life. We all reimagine God, and in doing so we are exercising our sacred responsibility to continue the pattern modeled in Scripture and the Christian tradition. Reflecting on our understanding of God and allowing those thoughts to change are not the enemy of faith but evidence of it.

7:30 PM
Bassoons Across Nebraska in the Sanctuary
Reception in Fellowship Hall 

Sunday, February 9

10:30 AM
Worship in the Sanctuary.

Peter Enns speaking “No One Has Ever Seen God, But . . .” with Members of Bassoons Across Nebraska as musical guests

Luncheon with Peter Enns for event sponsors