Posts in Spiritual Formation

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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How Can You Discern Whether an Overseer is “Free From the Love of Money”?

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

One of the qualifications for an overseer/elder/pastor (all the same office in the Bible) is that he be “free from the love of money” (1 Tim. 3:3). Now suppose that you are on an elder board and seeking to know whether a new candidate for the office is in fact free from the love of money, how can you figure it out? Here are five useful diagnostic questions.

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The Importance of Spiritual Formation - A Personal Story

By Joe Hellerman Jul. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Each August the Hellermans spend several weeks vacationing in the mountains, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. One afternoon, on one of our getaways, our oldest daughter (then thirteen years old) came out of her room with a play she had written. Rebekah has always been into drama. She had participated in a number of children’s theater productions at our previous church. On the home front, Rebekah recruited neighborhood friends and staged “plays” before a captive audience of indulgent parents ... So began an adventure that continues to unfold today, sixteen years later.

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Some Thoughts on Work

By Michelle Lee-Barnewall Jul. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

I am all for weekends (even when I have to work, such as doing lesson planning, grading, or writing a blog post!). But sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking of work as the negative and leisure or rest as the positive aspect of our lives. Work can become something we need to “get through” in order to make it to the weekend; Sundays are our “spiritual” days as opposed to our “working” days that begin on Mondays, and so forth.

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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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