Posts in Church Life

“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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Let's Appreciate Our Pastors!

By Ben Shin Sep. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Whether you know it or not, pastors in the church work very hard. They do a lot of things publicly like preaching, teaching, visitation, and leading; but they also do quite a bit behind the scenes like counseling, studying, planning, and praying. Unfortunately, for many pastors, it has become a thankless job. For this reason alone, it would be important for you to celebrate this upcoming October because it is Clergy Appreciation month.

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My 13-Year-Old Daughter’s Baptism Testimony

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

This past Sunday (September 14, 2014), my fourth daughter, Ana, was baptized as a believer in Jesus Christ at Corona Del Mar beach with 15 or so others from Redemption Hill Church. We have heard from so many about the impact of her public testimony, so I thought that I might share it as an encouragement to you as well. The testimony is hers, written by her and read out before she was baptized.

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Passing On Our Faith – One Generation to Another

By Dave Keehn Sep. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

A family had a priceless family heirloom – a vase – that was passed down one generation to the next generation. One day, the parents of the family who had possession of the vase, left the teenagers at home while they went out shopping for the day. When they returned home, their children met the parents at the door, with sad faces, reporting: “Mother, Father… you know that priceless heirloom our family passes down one generation to the next… while our generation just dropped it”

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When The Group Comes First

By Joe Hellerman Sep. 4, 2014 9:30 a.m. Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

I recently read a fascinating book by Richard Nisbett, who compares and contrasts contemporary Asian and Western worldviews. It just so happens that the strong-group mentality of Nisbett’s Asian culture corresponds in some important ways to the mindset of people in the New Testament world.

 

 

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Religious Language and Everyday Discourse

By John McKinley Sep. 2, 2014 9:15 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Occasionally I find myself in a conversation with a non-Christian friend. Sometimes, I have to pay close attention to the language I use if the talk turns to things related to God and ultimate reality. I do the same when I talk to my children about Bible things. I want to be understood, but the normal Christian terms are a foreign language to many people, Christians included. The terms are difficult to use when they don’t communicate.

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59 Important Questions You Must Ask a Missions Agency

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

I recently came across an excellent list of questions that every missionary thinking of joining a missions agency should ask before signing up. This list, and the introductory paragraphs, were written by Dan Crane from the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. They are reprinted with permission.

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