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How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. - Article
truth for themselves. They can help group members find the passage or note how a passage correlates to other stories in the Bible. Whether someone
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
exclusively made up of Millennials. Creating a sense of belonging comes first, and from that, church activities—including Bible engagement—follow.
5 Passages Your Pastor Wishes You'd Stop Taking out of Context
How we get them wrong and what church leaders can do about it.
The Bible was written for us, but not everything in it was written to us. So should we avoid sharing this verse with those in despair? Not necessarily. Abram
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
Develop Wooing Strategies. So how do we woo the people in our churches into Bible engagement? Consider Paul's words to Titus on how to instruct
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
The attention around a popular Bible teacher and their work can make any given Bible study or sermon series from a local leader seem lacking in comparison.
The Word Made Fresh
Innovators are finding creative ways to get people engaged with Scripture.
He touts "scriptural engagement" as the real goal. Collins says that practically every Bible agency has added scriptural engagement to its metrics of success.
Confessions Of A Social Media Lurker: 3 Guidelines For Commenting Constructively Online
I don't want to just participate in conversations – whether they're online or in real life. I want to elevate them. And be elevated by them.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Why? Well, there's this Bible passage about pearls and pigs... But only under very tight guidelines. I've created a set of rules for my engagement in online conversations.
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
that when preaching is combined with congregational reading, the depth of engagement is greatly to work through some of the major challenges facing Christians as they read the Bible.
Farewell, Cultural Christianity
How a changing landscape can strengthen our witness.
To understand why this leads to greater engagement rather than to lesser engagement, we must understand what the slow-motion collapse of the Bible Belt is about in the first place.
Who Is Your Greatest Pastoral Influence?
Nine pastors respond.
Pastor John Henry is not only an exceptional Bible teacher, but he also has an incredible gift I was more nervous than I can ever remember being about a single preaching engagement.
What Does a Healthy Small Church Look Like?
Numbers can help us understand some things about the health of a church. But they’re not the only thing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Christ-centered; Bible-based; Ministers to people inside and outside the church; Stays true Has high engagement of its membership; Values mission over survival; Friendly; Adaptable and
Informing Formation
Christian higher education is changing. Can our innovation match new realities?
I've been able to teach the Bible in a very positive, open, and honest conversational setting. Positive engagement is the skill I want students to learn.
'Help, I'm Gay'
A pastoral conversation about same-sex attraction
Dan O. Via and Robert Gagnon, Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views. at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, Dallas Theological
Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Big Adventure
How evangelicalism’s “royal wedding” shows us the glory and struggle of marriage and ministry.
engagement between the home and marketplace will lead to a more holistic engagement between home and In other words, the Bible does not support a separation between the call to
Don’t Give up on the Black Church
Many black ministers-in-training are turning on the black church. Here’s why they should give it a second look.
It had its cultural blind spots, but it held to the same Bible I came to know Schools like Bishop College handled the issues of orthodoxy, social engagement, and disciple-making in the
Why We Fail the Grieving
Comforting bereaved people takes more than good intentions.
a woman who told me how her son went off to a Bible college and Care Cards—the primary service—organizing contact information and provides a repository for ministry engagement.
My Three Seasons of Faith and Work
How farmers, scientists, teachers, doctors, and a furnace repair man taught me to see all callings as holy.
Season 3 - Creative Engagement. So in my sermon titled "Your Whole Life Matters," I argued that the Bible demolishes any kind of sacred/secular split and instead proclaims the lordship
Where Has Grace Gone?
A conversation with Philip Yancey
encourage small groups, open our facilities to AA and recovery groups, and teach Bible study and How do we balance prophetic cultural engagement with grace-filled neighborliness?
Future Studies
And other items of interest from ministry and culture.
How would engagement with that kind of truth bring freshness to our engagement with the So we should have all sixty-six of the books of the Bible in one hand, and an irenic spirit in the
Better than Imagined
An interview with Jonathan Merritt.
It's not a good look, and it's even worse as a strategy for cultural and theological engagement. Conservatives feel that the Bible's integrity and the viability of the historic faith is at risk.
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