With this blog, we are hoping to bring more and more Bible-based and faith-based learning opportunities to you — wherever you are, whenever you want to connect with God and with our Mount Olivet congregation.

 We invite you to visit our Adult Learning Blog often.  We plan to offer a glimpse into events and classes at our church and our affiliates.  We aim to offer inspiration for your faith journey and your spiritual practices.  We encourage you to share your thoughts, questions, ideas, and inspirations by adding your comments to the conversation. 

 May this be an extension of our church, a space and place where we can plug into adult learning at Mount Olivet, connect with our pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ, and rejuvenate our spirits and souls.


Back To School

Posted by on August 17, 2014 @ 2:05 PM

Stores are stocked with back-to-school supplies.  Class schedules are posted online.  Kids are beginning to look forward to reuniting with friends, teachers, and, in some rare cases, the routine of school days.  And many adults are experiencing a bit of nostalgia for September’s fresh start and promise of new learning.

Here at church you are never too old – or too young – to learn something new about your faith and God’s desire for a deep and abiding relationship with you.  This fall we are offering a couple classes that, at first glance, seem like a return to your high school studies of Econ and History.  But these are no dry dronings of abstract theories and distant dates.  These courses promise to shed new light on what God calls us to believe and do as Christians in today’s world.


image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_one-dollar_bill

Martin Luther, the Bible, and Economics

As tax-paying citizens and responsible stewards of our financial gifts, we keep a close eye on the economic climate in the news and politics.  But when was the last time we considered how faith guides our fiscal responsibility?  How often do we, as Christians, reflect on the gap between the “Haves” and “Have Nots” of this world?  Have we ever contemplated God’s instruction for the best way to care for creation and those in need?  

Mark Lund, Luther College Economics Professor Emeritus, will provide a thought-provoking exploration of the nexus between Luther’s understanding of the Bible and the economic justice.  If you have a heart for mission work, a call to faithfully steward your resources, or a mind for a good strategic puzzle, this class is for you.  

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, from Oct 7 to Nov 11 in Room 482-486.  Cost: donation.


A History of Christianity: The First 3000 Years

Follow the story of how a small Jewish sect that preached humility grew to become the biggest religion in the world. This six-week series features weekly viewings of the insightful and engaging BBC documentary series based on Diarmaid MacCullough’s New York Times best selling book.  Together we will discuss some of the central themes and personalities of Christian history, as well as the impact Christianity has had on politics, sex, and human society over the years.  Dr. Mark Tranvik, church historian and professor at Augsburg College, will join us twice to answer questions and provide insight.

Thursdays,7-8:30, from Oct 2 to Nov 6, Room 482-86. Cost: $15. Class limited to 40.


Posting the Passion of Christ | Station 9 | Jesus promises paradise to the thief

Posted by on April 15, 2014 @ 2:11 PM

Lord, you are most holy. You are filling up the emptiness I ignore with your unbounded love. Your promise of eternity is in these faces of those here at the retreat center, thoughtful and deep. Your promise is in the quiet strains of Kraig's beautiful music on this sun-spilled crisp day. You sent your son for this, to die to this world so that we may live eternally with you in yours. 

Jesus, what gift it is to know that you do and will remember me, from here until heaven. 

Posting the Passion of Christ | Station 6 | Simon helps Jesus

Posted by on April 15, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

Pastor Knutson shared this inspiration:

We might wish we could have been there to help Simon, to help Jesus.  We can now.  God said, love one another as you love me.  

Lord, help me to carry your cross.  Help me to lift the burdens of others, by loving them as you love me.

A Day Lenten Journey | Tuesday, April 15

Posted by on April 12, 2014 @ 3:14 PM

Watch this space for updates and inspirations from the upcoming Day Lenten Journey at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center, taking place on Tuesday, April 15, from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

Even if you cannot attend this retreat in person, we hope you will tune in through this blog.  It will be a chance to pause -- wherever you are -- during Holy Week and to observe Christ's journey to the cross, while reflecting on your own Lenten journey. 




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