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An Anchor for the Soul
by Tom Goodman
September 3, 2008

I'm starting a small-group study where spiritual seekers can discover the meaning of Christianity and believers can develop their understanding of the faith.  If one of those descriptions fits you, come join us!

The study is an 8-week book study through my book, The Anchor Course.  Here's what a participant in a previous class wrote me:

"Coming from another faith, I wanted to explore what Christianity means.  The Anchor Course was a wonderful, intelligent, and safe place to explore, learn, and understand."

And a believer wrote:

"I think the reason I was attracted to this course was just the sheer pleasure of exploring and discussing faith.  I was attracted also to the idea that this course might make it easier to believe the things that I already do believe but that I find so difficult to believe.  Thank you for the course, for the opportunity to study it at church, and for the very good discussions.  Already my faith is strengthened."

At the Anchor Course, you'll build friendships around a weekly meal, and you'll build faith around a weekly discussion.  The Anchor Course is ideal if...
  • you're a spiritual seeker who wants to learn more about the life and teaching of Jesus, but you don't know where to start, or
  • you've become curious about the Christian convictions of your friends, or
  • you're married to a believer and you want to learn more about your partner's Christian faith, or
  • you're a parent who's wondered how to explain Christianity to your kids, or
  • you're a believer who wants a better grasp of the main points of your faith.
Want to learn more about the Course before you commit?  Come to my "Get Anchored" Dinner on Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00pm.  You'll enjoy a good meal and learn more about the Course.  Should you decide to register for the Course, we'll meet eight weeks for dinner and discussion starting Wednesday, September 24, 6:30-8:00pm.  Your children can join you for the meal and then go to childcare and youth activities, which take place at the same time.

To sign up for the "Get Anchored" Dinner, contact my assistant, Jami (345-3771 or  To learn more, go to the Anchor Course website (here) or read a book excerpt (here).

If you'd like to have friends join you for the "Get Anchored" Dinner, the easiest way to invite them is to just forward this email to them!

Weblog:  Check out "Get Anchored."  Every Sunday I post a new "Song of the Week" (This week, "Rumours of Glory," by Bruce Cockburn).  Also, every Tuesday I post some entertaining and informative "Links to Your World."  This week, you'll also find comments about VP pick Sarah Palin and reaction to Austin's plan to require energy efficiency upgrades for single-family homes.

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