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Prayer and Spiritual Formation: How does it work?

The theology of Spiritual Formation assumes there is a level a spirituality that I can have if I do certain spiritual practices. Prayer is typically is one of those practices. Advocates of Spiritual Formation view prayer as a means to an end:   They see … Read More...

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1 Peter: Living as aliens and strangers

Registration will begin in August.  Please check back on this page for links and details. Please register by September 1  for Fall term.   Those registering late may be placed on a waiting list for childcare. Study Details for those planning to join us … Read More...

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Bible Study Basic Tools

If you're building a building a bible study library, here are the basic tools you need to get started. #1 Translations #2: Good Maps #3: Concordances #4 Lexicons #5: Encyclopedias #6: Commentaries 5 Translation Myths 5 C's … Read More...

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4 People you need to improve your teaching

At a writer's conference, one interesting speaker I heard claimed everyone needs 3 people to become a better writer and blogger.  I think his list applies to Bible teachers  -- with one addition. He said you need a cheerleader, a coach and critic.  I'd add … Read More...

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James 5: Spiritually weak or physically ill?

James 5:13-20 is one of the most controversial passages in the book of James. The difficulty revolves around Greek word translated "sick" in verse 14 (ἀσθενέω) -- which means "to be feeble" in any sense --  and the Greek word translated "sick" in verse … Read More...

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Does Spiritual Formation seek the right kind of change?

Not only does the theology of spiritual formation aim at the wrong target, spiritual formation seeks the wrong kind of change. What is spiritual formation? The theology of spiritual formation assumes I can transform myself from a position of lesser … Read More...

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Is Spiritual Formation shooting at the right target?

The theology of Spiritual Formation sounds great on paper, but it is focused on the wrong target. Spiritual formation is “an intentional Christian practice with the goal of developing spiritual maturity that leads to Christ-likeness.”  The central claim of … Read More...

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What is Lent?

About this time of year, many start asking "What is Lent?  Is it an official Christian holiday?  Was it instituted in the Bible?  What -- if anything -- is required of believers during Lent?" Lent is the six-week season in the church calendar beginning on … Read More...

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Breaking the Huddle Syndrome

Once while shopping with my husband's grandmother, I pulled a dress off a rack for her consideration. She took one look and exclaimed, "I could never wear that!  That's an old lady dress!"   She was 94 at the time. I'm starting to understand her reaction.  … Read More...

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Becoming a Bible teacher

So you'd like to teach the Bible?  How do you get started?  How do you decide if Bible teaching is your calling? Here's my advice for aspiring teachers. First Things   Frist, you have to love to love the word of God and enjoying studying the Bible.  And I … Read More...