Posts in Christian Education

Working on a Doctorate: My Personal Story

By Tom Finley Oct. 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

Since students often come to me asking about doctoral work after Talbot, I thought it would be helpful to share my personal experience in obtaining my own doctorate. Perhaps some will find my experience helpful as they prayerfully contemplate whether the Lord is leading them to pursue further studies in a doctoral program.

 

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¿Cómo Disentir Sin Ofender? / How Can We Kindly Disagree?

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Recuerdo que mi padre solía decir con frecuencia “cada cabeza es un mundo” cuando se refería a las diferentes maneras de pensar y actuar entre las personas. Por esta razón, la comunicación es parte básica de las relaciones humanas. No se puede establecer ninguna relación importante y duradera sin que exista una comunicación fluida en la que se intercambien ideas y opiniones. La diversidad de percepciones nos abre la puerta a las relaciones saludables a través de la comunicación, pero al mismo tiempo crea la posibilidad de conflicto. Así que, es importante que todos en general, pero esencial para los líderes, que aprendamos a disentir sin ofender.

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Teaching Bible Fluency: Using Classes and Videos

By Kenneth Berding Oct. 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Are you as concerned about the growing problem of biblical illiteracy as I am?  We Christians have more Bible-focused resources available to us than has any generation of Christians in the history of the world.  Despite this we are literally—from a spiritual standpoint—starving ourselves to death. Would you like your church, adult Bible class, youth group, or small group to reach Bible fluency by pursuing an Old Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks class or a New Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks class using the free resources at biblefluency.com?  Here’s how.

 

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Efesios 4 y la Descripción Sobre Cómo Debe Funcionar la Iglesia de Dios / Ephesians 4 and How the Church Should Function

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

La carta del apóstol Pablo a los Efesios representa uno de los documentos doctrinales más importantes del cristianismo. En los primeros tres capítulos Pablo explica lo maravilloso del amor y la gracia divina que nos dio vida a través de Jesucristo cuando todos estábamos muertos en nuestros pecados. En Jesús también, el Dios de toda gracia nos ha bendecido con toda bendición espiritual. Los cristianos somos adoptados en la familia de Dios, encontramos aceptación, redención, perdón, sabiduría, una herencia eterna que está garantizada por el Espíritu Santo.

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Achieving Bible Fluency: Using Music, Visuals, and a Workbook

By Kenneth Berding Oct. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

What does it take to achieve Bible Fluency? In my next two posts I will guide you through how to use a brand new free resource called Bible Fluency: Sing it, See it, Study it, found at biblefluency.com. This first post seeks to answer the question: How can I use music, visuals, and a workbook to help me learn to think my way through the Bible?

 

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“Teaching Naked” in the Church?

By Kevin Lawson Sep. 23, 2014 10:45 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Now there is a provocative title for a blog! But it’s probably not what you think. This past spring I attended a faculty development seminar at Biola University led by José Bowen, author of the book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The main thrust of his sessions with us, and of his book, is that with information being so readily available through mass technology, we need to leverage that technology to maximize classroom interaction with students, shifting our roles from presenters of information (which students can get more readily online) to coaches who help students process that information, promoting deeper learning, critical thinking, and application of knowledge to life situations. As I reflected on Bowen’s ideas, I think we may need to start “teaching naked” in the church. Let me tell you what I mean.

 

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Giving Thanks: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part One

By Charlie Trimm Sep. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Spiritual Formation

Half of my teaching load each semester consists of teaching the required freshman class Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation. Although I thought the combination of these two topics in one class was strange when I first read the job posting, the class has grown on me and I now love teaching it. I see the connection as leading from proper reading of the Bible to spiritual formation: the very structure of the class helps prevent us from merely reading the Bible in an academic fashion. We spend a large part of the semester looking at the different genres of the Bible (law, prophecy, etc.) and then we reflect on spiritual formation topics related to those genres (such as legalism and idolatry).

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