Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Faith is Sometimes Best Understood by Looking Backwards

I read once that faith is sometimes best understood by looking backwards. Now, on the surface that statement feels a lot like the inside of a Christian greeting card or one of those posters with cute animals and trite sayings that we hang on our walls to inspire us to do great things. However, in this case, I think instead of motivational drivel, this statement is actually biblically correct and has application for youth ministry.

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Books of the Future

In the distant future I see a “book” that will allow me to underline with straight lines that later doesn’t hinder my reading because the line blotted out the words. There will also be the ability to highlight entire paragraphs and be able to use as many different colors as desired, using each color to represent whatever I want it to emphasize. This new book will allow me to add my own notes, not only in the margins, but between lines that I can separate.

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TrueU: Does God Exist?

A 10 part video series by Drs. Dale Tackett and Stephen Meyer produced by Focus on the Family.

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Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and His Celebration

The title drew me to this book written by Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament, Asbury seminary, and faculty in the doctoral program at st. Andrews university in scotland. Being less than 100 pages, I thought this would be an easy read. I found that while it was easy to read, it required some thinking, checking scripture references, and playing around with some of the end questions. Consequently, I underlined a lot.

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The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool: Discovering the Quality of Your Relationship with God and Others in 30 Key Areas

If you read the report issued by Willow Creek Church a couple of years ago you know how a lot of people feel about their lack of spiritual growth. In fact, let me ask you a question: over this last year how much have you grown spiritually? This is not a minor question. I have been looking for a long time for a tool to use to help me, and the church overall, to be able to start measuring spiritual growth.

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Men’s Ministry FAQ’s

Eleven Frequently Asked Questions about Men’s Ministry in the PCA. Why have it? Why is it so difficult? What’s working across the denomination? How to build a leadership team? and other helpful questions.

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No Man Fails On Purpose

“No Man Fails On Purpose” Excerpts from No Man Left Behind MANY IF NOT MOST, of our cultural problems-divorce, abortion, juvenile crime, fatherless ness-can be traced back to the failure of a man. Ironically, it’s a man who got up in the morning hoping to succeed. The signs are all around us. We live in … Continued

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Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men

“Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men”Excerpts from No Man Left Behind (Chapter 4) How are men successful in the world? So, we take a man from this world’s system and plop him down in church. He wants to be a “successful Christian.” He looks around and decides he needs to dress a certain way, use … Continued