Posts in Spiritual Formation

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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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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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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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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Jars of Clay

By Joy Mosbarger Aug. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Have you ever felt like a failure? Inadequate? Ineffectual? Have you ever examined your heart and glimpsed sin and darkness and defeat? I have. It is discouraging and demoralizing. It makes me wonder what God sees in me. There is no doubt that I am a flawed vessel. But does that mean that I am a useless vessel?

 

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