Posts in Ministry and Leadership

This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up" ...

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The Theology of the Cross in Personal Life

By John McKinley Dec. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This devotional is a reminder that God works through us as his instruments in ways we don’t choose. While there are many valuable things of research and teaching that God works through us in various ways, a primary mode of God’s work is easy to forget.

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The Shepherds of Christmas

By Mick Boersma Dec. 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

It was Christmas 1984. The snow was flying and the roads slippery, but Rolane and I had paid $120 for four seats to take our daughters to the ‘Nutcracker’ in Seattle and nothing was going to stop us from enjoying the show. We crammed into our old VW and made the opening curtain. What great seats they were! Front row, first balcony – the kind of view reserved for royalty! ...

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¡Animo! / Cheer up!

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

¡Animo! Es una exclamación que todos necesitamos escuchar con frecuencia. A pesar de la presión popular que nos obliga a mostrar siempre nuestra mejor cara y a declarar que siempre estamos bien cuando alguien nos hace la tan común pregunta ¿cómo estás?, la realidad es que todos batallamos con diferentes circunstancias y siempre necesitamos que alguien nos muestre su apoyo y nos anime. Es importante que tengamos personas cercanas que nos alienten a seguir adelante. ¡Todos necesitamos a alguien en nuestro equipo! ...

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The “Cool” Factor

By Joe Hellerman Nov. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I came to Christ as a last resort after a year-long quest to find God back in 1975. With two thriving evangelical churches just a few blocks from my doorstep, why did I explore the Christian faith last instead of first? The cool factor, of course! I was a long-haired, pot-smoking keyboard player in a rock band. Eastern and New Age religion were “spiritual” and cool — Christianity definitely was not ...

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What’s New in the Old Testament (and Semitics Department)?

By Daniel Kim Oct. 29, 2015 1:20 p.m. Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

When speaking to seminary graduates from all across the U.S., I’ve been noticing an increasing discomfort in students regarding their ability to preach and teach effectively from the Old Testament. Part of this is because the Old Testament comprises so much of the Bible, and there just isn’t enough space in a degree program to adequately cover all of the Old Testament (especially a degree that doesn’t concentrate solely on the Old Testament). The Old Testament is packed with a wide variety of genres and covers such an expansive amount of history ...

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A Biblical Vision for Discipleship

By Dave Talley Oct. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I believe that we are at a place in the history of the church where we need to have a vision for what we are seeking to produce in people through the ministries of the church. It can be increasingly difficult to maintain a simple focus on our main purpose to “make disciples” in light of the diverse needs of any church body and, therefore, it is easy to get caught up in the “monster of ministry” activity. I believe that we need to think more strategically in terms of what we are seeking to produce in a person and make this a focus for the church. Our biblical mandate is to present every person complete in Christ. What would this look like? Where should our sights be set? What should the life of disciple look like? ...

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