Kenneth Berding

Skills vs. Character: Which is More Important in Ministry Leaders?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Have you ever noticed how often we rank skills over character?

You’re seeking to hire someone for a job. Which is more important? Skills for the job, or the character of the one seeking the job? In almost every hiring situation, skills are the focus (though I have heard that Human Resources folks are increasingly Facebook and Instagram-stalking potential employees in an attempt to ascertain whatever they can about applicants’ private lives.)

I would like to suggest that in Christian ministry, character should be weighted over skills.

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How Many Herods Are There in the Bible?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament

In my last post (What Does The Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?) I wrote about Herod Antipas. As I was writing, I realized that a lot of people get confused about who “Herod” is in the Bible. This isn’t surprising since there are actually six different (!) “Herods” in the New Testament, and they are all somehow related to each other. Here are thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of who’s who...

 

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What Does the Fox Say? Who is the Fox Anyway?

By Kenneth Berding Feb. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The Fox is Herod Antipas.  Jesus says so.  If you don’t believe me, look at Luke 13:32.

But what does this arrogant, sensual, and power-hungry tyrant say? 

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Exponential Mentoring

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In an ideal world, all Christians would maintain three types of spiritual relationships as they walked through life. (Disclaimer: There have only been a couple times in my own life when I have had all three going at once, but this is still an ideal worth aiming for.)

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Does a Denial of a Historical Adam Impact Other Christian Doctrines?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. Theology, Apologetics, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

Yes. If you deny that Adam was a historical person it negatively impacts other Christian doctrines. An affirmation of the historicity of Adam positively and necessarily connects with a number of key Christian doctrines.

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“Into Him” and “In Him” in Ephesians 1: Should We Leave These Out When We Translate into English?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 9, 2013 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, New Testament

A couple days ago I was reading Ephesians 1 in Greek during my morning Bible-reading time. As I read, I was drawn to two phrases that are clearly present in Greek but are often eliminated in English. The two expressions that get removed are “into him” (εἰς αὐτόν) in the middle of verse 5 and (“in him”) (ἐν αὐτῷ) at the end of verse 10. Presumably these expressions get cut because they are deemed unnecessarily repetitive.  

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The Simplicity of My Mom's Faith in Christ

By Kenneth Berding Nov. 12, 2013 9:08 a.m. Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

My mom passed from this world into the presence of the Lord less than three weeks ago.  Since she faced a long journey through early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease (a journey of twenty years from the time the disease was detectable), I am so glad—beyond what you can probably imagine—that my mom is now with the Lord, in a place of rest, and with all her mental faculties restored while she awaits the resurrection and restoration of her body.  My dad, sister, brother, and I each spoke at Mom’s memorial service about her genuine love for others and her faith in Christ.  I’d like to share with you the last part of what I shared at that service.

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