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Rescuing the Church from the Arms of Digital Deity – Returning to the Authority of Scripture

By Dr. Dave Garner. They thought they were going to die. Already begrudging the outdated notion of wilderness camp hundreds of miles from home, the vanload of teenagers was jolted by the ground rules at their non-virtual form of distance education. Posted at the wilderness camp’s entrance gate was the media bouncer barking authoritatively, “No MP3 players. No I-Pods. No DVD players. No cell phones. No laptops. No kidding.” The prehistoric demands aroused sleepy youth from their digital slumbers. Disappointment heated into outrage; outrage ignited panic, and I-Pod toting teens banded into a digitally mastered surround-sound symphony: “How can we possibly survive for 10 days without our music?!”

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Youth Leadership in Conflict: When Parents Become Concerned

A denominational leader asked me recently why I thought that so many parents act as if God’s covenant blessings to their children give them as parents license to sin against those who work with their children in the church. I wanted to tread lightly with my answer because I know that all too often youth workers secretly harbor the opinion that parents are the great road block to successful youth ministry.

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How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 5 – The Analytic Learner

The analytic learner is most like the PCA denomination… we like information presented logically and sequentially. This is very western, unlike the other 2/3 of the world that is more interested in the story and the happening than the time. It is hard to teach many subjects in any way except chronologically, so we must use stories and illustrations to make them more understandable to all learners.

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Grasping the Big Picture in Bible Study

By Dr. Frank Crane. I did some horseback research asking folks who seemed to know the Word fairly well, how they came to that. Secretly I was looking for “Well, pastor it’s the preaching and teaching I’ve sat under all these years.” Alas, the most common answer was, “My own personal study.” But these individuals were precious few. How to get folks to study the Scriptures for themselves, apply it properly to their lives, and help others do the same? Enter The Covenant Story…

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A Suggested Three Year Curriculum for Adult Sunday School

CEP has developed a suggested three year curriculum for your adult Sunday school or other discipleship group instruction setting. The curriculum recommends book studies which cover Bible, Doctrine and Christian Living. The curriculum chart further breaks down the recommendations based on the level of spiritual maturity of the participants (eg. non-believers, nurturing young believers, mature believers, and leaders.

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Bioethics and the Christian Life, A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

In a day in which we have bought into the idea that if we can do something then it is right to do it. This is being applied to areas that relate to the sanctity of life and Christians need to know how to think biblically and clearly about those issues. We have often allowed secularism to determine our conclusion about life challenging issues and not been equipped to object.

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Small Group Based Student Ministry

By Zachary Bradley. While many churches have shifted to using the small group model for ministry, the one place where this fundamental shift has not taken root is in youth ministry. While most youth groups have a small group program of some kind, most have not fundamentally restructured the ministry so that small groups, rather than a large group gathering are the primary means of ministry […]