Questions Over Breakfast #8: How Do You Know If You’re Doing Okay in Your Spiritual Life?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 18, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Michael: How do you know things are going well? How do you know you’re not actually doing badly in your walk with God and that you just don’t realize it?

Jim: What kind of question is that?

Michael: A question to frustrate you.

Jim: Thanks ...

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The Importance of Meditation for Sermon Preparation

By John McKinley Aug. 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

... In meditation, I now listen for God’s message through the text in a different way. I have stopped merely thinking about the sermon and drilling into the passage, chewing on what the commentary says, and that has helped open things up for me. The result is a different sort of sermon ...

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Intransigence about Objective Moral Values

By William Lane Craig Aug. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Philosophy

Hello,

The last few weeks I have been working my way through On Guard (and was, needless to say, thrilled by it, just as I was by Reasonable Faith).

I just had a long conversation with a fellow student of our local university. He knows that I am a Christian, and since the topic shifted toward values and ethics, I began asking him questions about his beliefs on the existence of subjective and objective values - based on the premises that

1. If God does not exist, then objective values do not exist.

2. Objective Values exist.

3. Therefore, God exists.

It was a very tough conversation (albeit a cordial one), and I am very glad that my friend is still interested in picking up the conversation where we left off (it is now past 3am in Germany) - he seemed surprisingly hooked by the debate, took his time to think his answers through, and was the one to suggest continuing it sometime soon. (I am praying for him to find Christ) ...

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Questions Over Breakfast #7: Are Self-Disciplined People More Spiritual?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Jim: Even in areas of sin, simple confession is often not enough to rid you of the habit that has been formed through patterns of sin. Sin has two main dimensions, the rebellion side and the habit side. Rebellion is dealt with through confession. Ungodly habits are usually eliminated by putting good habits in their place. And the only way to develop permanent good habits is by implementing self-discipline.

Michael: (looking frustrated) By raising the issue of discipline, you’ve really hit a sensitive nerve with me. I’ve heard countless messages on self-discipline and am extremely uncomfortable whenever I hear them. Is a disciplined person like you more spiritual than a lazy bum like me? ...

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La Comida y la Vida Espiritual – Food and Spiritual Life

By Octavio Esqueda Aug. 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

En el 2006, Ken Ferraro, un profesor de sociología de la universidad Purdue publicó un interesante artículo en la revista especializada “Journal for the Scientific Study of Religión” en el que reportaba los resultados de su investigación acerca de la relación entre la religión y el índice de masa corporal. En su estudio, Ferraro descubrió que sí existe una relación entre algunas religiones y la tendencia de sus miembros para ser obesos. Lamentablemente, los cristianos tienen la masa corporal más alta y los bautistas, en particular son los más obesos en los Estados Unidos. De hecho, cerca del 27 por ciento de los bautistas son obesos y, por lo tanto, el grupo religioso con mayor sobrepeso en un gran contraste con religiones no cristianas como la judía, musulmana y budista donde menos del uno por ciento de sus miembros son obesos ...

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Questions Over Breakfast #6: Do Mature Christians Struggle More or Less with Sin?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Jim: Maybe we should talk about sin today.

Michael: That sounds like a good way to mess up a nice morning …

Jim: At least it’s a useful subject.

Michael: I’m not so sure about that.

Jim: Maybe it would be good to try.

Michael: OK, if you insist ...

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One-on-One Discipleship: Identifying Someone to Disciple

By Frederick Cardoza Aug. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

As we consider doing personal discipleship, who we disciple is an important factor. It's important to keep in mind that who God might have you disciple may not be the ideal candidate at first glance ...

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