Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What are the dangers of using DVD curriculum?

We are blessed in this country with an abundance of great Bible resources. I have been blessed by many of them. Our church uses DVD curriculum for adult Sunday School and Home Bible Fellowships quite a bit.

I've had this growing sense in me that we should be very careful to limit our use of DVD teaching (and similar) .

What are the dangers in the local body of regularly using a DVD curriculum or lesson? I really am hoping for some great answers.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

My Cute Kids

On Saturday there was a District Track meet in Eagle Grove. I said to my kids in an excited voice - "Do you want to go to a track meet?"

Elise responded - "I love track meets!"

I replied - "What is a track meet?"

She smiled and shrugged her shoulders - having no clue at all.

We went and had fun. Jonathan loved lying down in the mud/grass and also sitting in it and scootching his behind across it. Go Eagles!!

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Is God Humble?

Is God humble? I ran across such an idea lately. I'd love to hear what you think (I'll put my short response to it up sometime soon).

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

What happened to dreams?

I was reading a note a local student did on facebook - one of those that asks all sorts of questions. This student is one that came to youth group for a short time. As I was reading through the note, the question was asked - "Do you want to get married some day." The answer - "No. I don't want to do that."

I suppose that isn't earth shattering news, but I do remember when I asked students 10 years ago - do you think anyone goes into marriage thinking they'll get divorced - everyone thought that was a bit silly. I think things have changed. It's a sad world where the hope of a committed, loving, relationship with a spouse is not even a dream.

This student comes from a broken home - and a rough home - which doesn't surprise anyone. Things have changed. I try to imagine what kind of relationship this student hopes for or dreams for? And where do kids fit in? What about love? What about trust?

Our society, especially on the younger end, is increasingly unable to live relationally. For all our technological relational helps (texting, cell phones, facebook, email, blogs), I think we are losing the ability to really live relationally. None of the above mentioned things can take the place of a real conversation, face to face. And certainly, in real relationships, you can't just hang up or log off when it gets tough.

I'm not suggesting technology is ruining us. Clearly a huge part of our problem goes back to the break down of the family (and where is the Church in all this?). But I do think our technology is hurting us relationally - at least for deeper relationships.

I haven't thought this through well. I'm just dumping my heart out on here. My heart breaks for this young person.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

I was wrong... Ephesians 4 Outline

I was wrong in my Ephesians 4 outline. PJ (Pastor John) hooked me up with some Greek help. The following is the basic (it is not going to tab it over as it should - so you'll have to figure that out yourself). The NIV flow of thought and the NAS fooled me a bit. Hopefully this makes some sense. Again, I haven't totally figured out the wording correctly. Of course, now I have to understand the passage, get a preaching outline, and write the sermon. Hope my wife loves me as I ignore her a bit and work on it.

I. Walk in a Manner worthy of your calling

A. Humility and Gentleness

B. Patience (forbearing.. love)

II. Results in an eagerness to Maintain the Unity of Spirit

A. Unity explained more

1. One Spirit

2. One Lord

3. One Father

B. The Spirit gave many gifts which lead to unity

1. Spiritual gifts are given by Jesus and because of grace

2. Jesus has earned the right to give the gifts

3. Spiritual Gifts are given to prepare believers for works of service

4. Spirit gave variety (not just one) of gifts

5. Gifts are for equipping the saints

C. Results of being unified by using the gifts of the Spirit

1. No longer children

2. We will grow up in Christ

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