Yearly Archives: 2005

Educators vs. Indoctrinators

By Joel Belz. Modern state education, pretending to be valueless, is one of the greatest-and most monolithic-purveyors of a value system in all of human history. As such, while pretending to be open-minded, it is also one of the greatest indoctrinators in all of history. That’s what education does. In fact, the definitions of the two words highlight no radical distinctions. “Teaching,” “training,” and “instruction” are part of both education and indoctrination.

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Soul Searching, the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers

Soul Searching deals with the place of religion in the life of the teenager. Let this book challenge you as parents and church leaders to evaluation what you are teaching the rising generation. More importantly, let it challenge you to examine your beliefs and practices and the teaching of the church.

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Talking About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly, A Guide to Moral Persuasion

Today, to be tolerant and remain politically correct has come to mean that I cannot assume that you are wrong and I am right – we simply have different views and I must approve your views regardless of whether they are right or wrong. Adults should read this book. Students should carefully read it, and study groups can benefit from working through the eight chapters.

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Depression: A Stubborn Darkness

Thisis a book filled with hope and encouragement, whether you have experienced discouragement because of certain situations in life, or you know someone who has or is battling severe depression.

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About the Church and Culture

What role does culture play in determining the church’s ministry? That is a good question, especially when there are so many different ideas and responses regarding it. I would like to build my response around a review and recommendation of Reclaiming the Center, Confronting Evangelical Accommodations in Postmodern Times, by Millard Erickson, Paul Kjoss Helseth, and Justin Taylor.

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How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

This book is written in the hope that this generation may turn from the greatest of wickedness, the placing of any created thing in the place of the Creator. As kingdom disciples, we must not only understand the Word, we must understand the world, if we are to communicate the truth to our generation.

Be a Kingdom Disciple

Be a Kingdom disciple? Isn’t it hard enough just being an “ordinary” disciple of Jesus? We can take up our Lord’s challenge to be disciples and to make disciples. We can even work at becoming Kingdom disciples because He has the power and He is with us.