Dave Keehn

That You May Stand Firm in the Fear

By Dave Keehn Mar. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Superman is dead… I don’t know when it occurred, I don’t remember the moment that I realized I was mortal. What I do know is this feeling of Fear lurks around every corner like never before.

Perhaps it began with a serious car accident I experienced in late 2012 – an accident I walked away from uninjured but my beloved Ford truck was declared DOA. Or maybe it was the diagnosis of medical condition that I did not fret, but soon began to hear random stories of people with the same condition dying of cancer at too young of an age. Perhaps it is the uncertain future of my young adult children, or… The list could continue for all us.

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When God Changes Our Plans

By Dave Keehn Dec. 2, 2013 11:30 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

There is nothing like changes in one’s travel plan to reveal how we truly handle change. For myself, traveling with my family is a sacred obsession. I plan months ahead to get the best flights and reserve the “perfect” hotel to accommodate our sightseeing interests. As a family, we read travel books and blogs to find the out-of-the-way restaurants. With an itinerary in hand, we embark on our journey, only to be met with forced changes that were unforeseen. To say the least, I don’t deal with a “change in plans” well, especially when I am on vacation. Changes for me equal stress, hassles, and more work.

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Great Expectations

By Dave Keehn Apr. 16, 2013 9:42 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is a pressure that is constantly battling around us to give people whatever they want. When you are younger it was labeled peer pressure.  However, as we grow older the peer pressures continues throughout life, we just call them “Expectations”…  

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Looking back on Transitions

By Dave Keehn Mar. 21, 2013 8:39 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Breaking up may be hard to do, but starting over in ministry can be scary.  No one enjoys change and often our worst mistakes happen in the stress of transitions.

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Living for God's Kingdom

By Dave Keehn Jan. 31, 2013 3:41 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

There is poignant scene in the movie “Amazing Grace” that pans onto a country field in which William Wilberforce is lying on the wet grass contemplating the magnificence of God.  He is mesmerized by the dew on a spider web as evidence of God’s handiwork.  In this instant he feels the inner tension between staying in the moment, meditating on God and returning to ongoing struggle in politics.  He cannot discern which is better: to sit in solitude with God or enter the realm of politics where he is seeking to bring God’s justice?  It is only later that some abolitionist ministers suggest that he could do both: seek to be with God and serve God – at the same time.  It is this special combination that I believe is the key to living for God’s Kingdom - not at a glorious future in heaven above, but now in this broken world in need of God’s redeeming justice and hope! 

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The "Why?" of Internships for Ministry Preparation

By Dave Keehn Oct. 23, 2012 8:17 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Mentoring may be a “buzz-word” in the business world, but the practice of developing another person for specific purposes of skill or leadership development has been around since the beginning of civilization.  It is evident throughout Scripture – especially in the ministries of Jesus and Paul.  However, the integration of mentoring for ministry preparation within academic settings has built in problems. SO WHY BOTHER?  For many reasons... 

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Biblical Mandate for Youth Ministry (Part 3): Youth Ministry in the New Testament

By Dave Keehn Mar. 5, 2012 7:27 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

The model established by God through God’s people can be describe as such: begin religious instruction in the family home as spiritual practices, add knowledge through the larger community of faith, and provide mentoring from key spiritual leaders for specific practices and duties.

Perhaps the greatest picture we have of the desired result of a healthy and effective youth ministry is the one given to us in the Gospel of Luke when describing Jesus as a young teenager.  This installment finishes the series by looking at the New Testament's implications for youth ministry.

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