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For Pastors and Teachers

New content nearly every Tuesday for pastors, teachers, and other leaders looking for support in fulfilling their responsibility to build their people in discipleship of the mind, including confidence in the faith and the ability to articulate and live according to a biblical worldview.

As the intent is to be supportive, discussion here is reserved for those who are in or supportive of that group.

Weekly posting is temporarily on hold while I settle in to a new position with a new mission agency

Taking a Break From Weekly Posts

Monday, May 20th, 2013

This is a week for a lot of other writing, and I won’t be posting the usual Monday, Tuesday, and Friday focus posts for students, pastors, and teachers.

 

Starting Tuesday: Biblical and Secular Reasons for Man-Woman Marriage

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Announcing a new series starting Tuesday:

Biblical and Secular Reasons For Man-Woman Marriage

This is a series especially for pastors and teachers, to help them help their people know the best thinking on the marriage debate.

If you are not a pastor or a teacher, this will still be relevant to you; but please let your pastor(s) know about it.

Why This Series?

Same-sex “marriage” (SSM) proponents have confused issues through their rhetoric, making it seem as if the Bible hasn’t spoken clearly, or that …

 

The Day of Silence and Shallow Tolerance

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Today is the Day of Silence “to highlight the effects of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment” in schools. Parents and teachers, you may hear questions from your youth about this; I regret I did not post this earlier.

An End to Bullying

First, I want to register my full support for putting LGBT bullying to a final and complete end. I’m told by a source I trust that as many as one-third of LGBT teenagers consider suicide. That’s horrifying. It’s likely that peer mistreatment …

 

On Teaching the Great Commission In Our Age

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Almost every passage of Scripture gets challenged by atheists and skeptics these days. The Great Commission is no exception.

The first and most important lesson we all need to get out of Matthew 28:18-20 is what’s right there on the surface: Jesus Christ is Lord, and he has sent us to make disciples in his name and in his power. The world mission movement is God’s most exciting work, and we are privileged be alive in the generation that is very likely to see the …


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Seeing Through Academic Blindness

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

David DeGrazia is a professor of philosophy at George Washington University. He has just published a fairly complex research paper into the ethics of “medical bioenhancement,” meaning the use of high technology, including selective abortion, to improve the ethics of the human race.

He relies on academic literature with which I am not much familiar–though I have read enough on human freedom to know that his brief discussion on it there was wholly inadequate to its purpose.

Now, I want …


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King’s Domain Missions Training for Students

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

If you’re looking for a great introductory missions training center for high school and college students, King’s Domain in southwest Ohio is your place. There’s intense ministry and intense training for ministry. It’s a great entry-level or second-level missions opportunity. Please contact me for more information.

 

Keeping Our Purposes Straight

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

The post to which I’ve attached this article gets into some rather strange philosophy. I think it counts as a strong argument for Christianity. But I want to emphasize here something that I have written in the comments there. Someone had said how great it would be if God would spell out “Happy New Year!” in the stars once a year. I wrote,

I don’t think God wants to make the evidence that blatant, Keith.

Let’s not be fooled by the current discussion, …

 

Equipping Parents As Teachers

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

My latest Worldview and You column pointed to parents’ responsibilities, both to set a sound example for their children and also to teach them well in the faith. Obviously this is a challenge. Obviously also it would be great if the church could step in and help parents be more effective in training up their children. Some churches are doing it well. None would claim they’re doing it perfectly.

Most churches major on the message of living the Christian life. Few make it a …

 

Jesus’ Amazing No-Explanation Lesson

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Jesus' message in John 6:26-70 broke all the rules:

His major points were difficult and confusing He didn't explain them His closing questions left matters even more unexplained

He didn't preach that way every time, but early in his ministry as John records it, this was typical of Jesus' approach.

When might that be appropriate in your teaching ministry?

It might have something to do with letting our listeners work hard to acquire understanding, so that it goes deeper into …


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