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Who is CWP Classroom?

We are officially:
The CWP Classroom:  An Institute for the Art of Conversational Bible Study

CWP stands for “Coffee with Paul”, as in having a cup of coffee (for conversation) with the Apostle Paul.  The CWP Classroom is a unique biblical studies program for adult learners who want a vibrant Bible study group that is both challenging and affordable. Focusing primarily on New Testament studies, instruction is offered for both English text and ancient Greek text, with an introduction to ancient Hebrew.

As a special bonus (and this is not required of anyone) we offer an especially strong program for learning Hellenistic Greek and practical translation skills for those who want to improve their Bible reading ability.

The classroom is a non-degree course of studies focusing on biblical text  for Bible students of all backgrounds and education levels.  Offerings on multiple levels allow beginning and experienced Bible readers alike to participate.  The upper levels are especially good for preachers, other church leaders, or devoted private students of the Bible to hone their skills with instruction rivaling or surpassing college level work at rates well below college level costs.

The program is built around three primary tenets which are continually emphasized: Responsible, Contextual, and Conversational Bible study. The classroom provides “live” group and private interaction that is both lively and highly personalized. The CWP Classroom offers a unique vision for imagining Bible study in a context of engaging interaction.

An Open Letter About Bible Study

Coffee with Paul

Please read this open letter:

Finally . . .

A couple of quotes from Paul Graham, who, incidentally has a PhD from Harvard.  In a 2012 essay about how current and coming technology is challenging the role of education in the US.

The question:  Will Universities Be Replaced?
People are all over this idea lately, and I think they're onto something. I'm reluctant to suggest that an institution that's been around for a millennium is finished just because of some mistakes they made in the last few decades, but certainly in the last few decades US universities seem to have been headed down the wrong path. One could do a lot better for a lot less money.

I don't think universities will disappear. They won't be replaced wholesale. They'll just lose the de facto monopoly on certain types of learning that they once had. There will be many different ways to learn different things, and some may look quite different from universities. . . .

Learning is such a big problem that changing the way people do it will have a wave of secondary effects. For example, the name of the university one went to is treated by a lot of people (correctly or not) as a credential in its own right. If learning breaks up into many little pieces, credentialling may separate from it.
Earlier, in 2007, he addressed how the approaches to colleges and universities are already changing:
I grew up in a time where college degrees seemed really important, so I'm alarmed to be saying things like this, but there's nothing magical about a degree. There's nothing that magically changes after you take that last exam. The importance of degrees is due solely to the administrative needs of large organizations. These can certainly affect your life—it's hard to get into grad school, or to get a work visa in the US, without an undergraduate degree—but tests like this will matter less and less.

As well as mattering less whether students get degrees, it will also start to matter less where they go to college. . .  In the US it's a national scandal how easily children of rich parents game college admissions. But the way this problem ultimately gets solved may not be by reforming the universities but by going around them. We in the technology world are used to that sort of solution: you don't beat the incumbents; you redefine the problem to make them irrelevant.

The greatest value of universities is not the brand name or perhaps even the classes so much as the people you meet.

Graham does not intend to decry the value of Universities, he rather is pointing to how things are changing.

CWP Classroom is not at all in competition with (and certainly not opposed to) traditional education, nor are we intended as some kind of imitation of it. To the contrary, what we offer is intentionally different. Our structure is different, our aim is different, our procedure is different. We are built for all those who want eye-opening, challenging, affirming Bible study, in a context of open discussion, and not in traditional educational settings.