Kenneth Berding

Questions Over Breakfast #11: What About All the Hypocrites?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Michael: I think I’ll never find a church I can take my family to.

Jim: WHY NOT?!

Michael: There’s just too much hypocrisy!

Jim: I have to agree with you there.

Michael: (not listening to Jim’s answer) … I know it’s hard for you to hear this, since you’re in the ministry and everything … (all of a sudden catching on) … did you say you agree?!

Jim: Of course I do ...

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Questions Over Breakfast #10: Christians in the World: A Triumphal Church or a Persecuted Minority?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Michael: I admire your courage. But I still think that what you’re trying to do is almost impossible.

Jim: That’s one of the reasons we’re trying it. God is the one who makes the impossible possible. What do you think, Michael? Is the church a triumphant church, or are we just a band of persecuted idealists?

Michael: In your case I’d say that you look more like a group of persecuted idealists. At the same time, the church does seem to be making strides in many places in the world ...

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Questions Over Breakfast #9: Do We Make Decisions through Wisdom or Guidance?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 20, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Jim: The issue, as I see it, is this: Are we supposed to make decisions according to wisdom or should we look for special guidance from God?

Michael: That’s the question.

Jim: Proverbs tells us that we’re supposed to seek after wisdom in every area of life.[1]

Michael: So wisdom is obviously important.

Jim: Definitely. But Paul describes the believer as one “led by the Spirit.”[2] This description may be broader than simply the internal processes in decision-making, but also probably includes those as well. The Bible also presents many examples of God giving specific guidance to individuals for specific situations by various means ...

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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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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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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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Questions Over Breakfast #5: Is There Such a Thing as Balance?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 6, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The dialogue between Michael and Jim continues:

Michael: You said that the issue is whether the world determines the look of our lives, or whether the Bible determines it.

Jim: Sometimes, biblical truths look extreme to us because we’re using the values of the world as our yardstick.

Michael: So you think we should all be fools for Jesus. You think that we all need to make a decision to live radical, cut-loose lives for Jesus. Right?

Jim: Right.

Michael: I thought you said that the Lord has been teaching you about balance recently ...

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