Posts in Ministry and Leadership

Some Life Lessons from Mom & Dad – Part Three

By Mick Boersma Jul. 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I gleaned more wisdom from my parents than any blog could contain, but here are three more lessons that stand out in my mind and heart as I remember Bob & Reka, lovebirds to the end.

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What Is a Leader?

By Gary McIntosh Jul. 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

People have studied leaders for centuries. To study leaders is to analyze the characteristics of individual people who demonstrate the ability to gather a group of followers. However, the study of leadership is a relatively new discipline dating from about the year 1900. To study leadership is to inspect the interactions a leader has with his or her followers. Both areas of study require one to define a leader. So just what is a leader? ...

 

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Some Life Lessons from Mom & Dad, Part Two

By Mick Boersma Jul. 7, 2014 9:30 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

It’s been over two weeks since I last shared on the Good Book Blog. That means it’s time for me to share some more tidbits for life gleaned from my folks.

 

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Critical Issues in Ministry with Children, Part Two: Knowing Where We Want to Go, How Can We Get There?

By Kevin Lawson Jul. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In my last post, I talked about the importance of our ministry with children and some ministry objectives we need to pursue. In this follow up blog I would like to talk about four aspects of children’s ministry that together help us accomplish our goals of helping children grow and mature as a part of the church, the people of God.

These are worthy goals, and it can be tempting to try to design one children’s program in the church to address them all. But if we take them each seriously, it will soon be clear that this is more than a matter of having a class or a club program for children. Instead, it requires thinking carefully about the full life of the church, as well as the church and family environment our children grow up in. It has implications for what we do for our children, with them, to them, and the opportunities we provide for them to be engaged in ministry themselves. I invite you to read and think with me about what this might look like.
 

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Pre-Marital Counseling Asian-American Style, Part Four

By Ben Shin Jun. 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

We have previously been working through some of the unique and distinct challenges that Asian-American couples face in regards to preparing for weddings and marriage. This blog has raised some of the issues that typically come out during pre-marital counseling sessions. The goal of this series has been to try and understand some of these cultural dynamics that may be vastly different from the many books that are out there on the subject of pre-marital counseling and marriage that may be written from a Western perspective. Some of these differences include dealing with parents, setting up appropriate wedding venues and services, transfer of authority between parents and spouses, guest lists for the wedding, and other potentially shame based challenges. This blog will now give some general and practical advice on how to resolve some of these tensions.

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Some Life Lessons from Mom & Dad, Part One

By Mick Boersma Jun. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

This year’s Mother’s and Father’s Day season brought to mind some wisdom my folks shared with me years ago. These morsels of sound reason have helped me navigate the diverse oceans and streams I’ve crossed over the years. I do realize that not everyone has great parents, but mine were pretty solid. So, please let me share some of the gold I received from Bob & Reka Boersma, two lovebirds who shared an incredible adventure in life with four kids and a huge assortment of farm animals.

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When the Bible Arrests Me

By Dave Talley Jun. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I love moments when I am reading the Bible, and the words I am reading come alive and arrest me. All the rules I have learned about proper interpretation are not in the forefront of my mind. The literary context is not controlling what happens in that moment. The language in which it was written is not ignored, but it is not a factor in that moment. The historical context may be obvious in the passage I am reading, but it is temporarily set aside in that moment. What the passage meant in their day pales in that moment.

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