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rules for bible interpretation (youth ministry lessons)

Bible interpretation is part science and part art. There are two phases that you'll go through. The first phase is working to discover the original intent of the writer. And the...

how to do a bible word study (youth ministry lessons)

After building some foundational context for the Bible and understanding the dynamics of the original languages and modern English translations, we can now explore how to do a...

a short survey of the new testament (youth ministry lessons)

Because it is the foundational text for the Christian faith, a survey of the New Testament helps to ground us in interpreting any part of it. One of the basic rules of Bible...

a short survey of the old testament (youth ministry lessons)

Building on my introduction to the bible lesson, the next step is to do a survey of the Old Testament. This is a very short and simple survey, but (hopefully) enough to bring...

an introduction to the Bible (youth ministry lessons)

As I step into my new role as Director of Family Ministries at St. Edward's, I've been evaluating where all of the young people are at in their Christian walk. I'm responsible...

reflections on the catechism: human nature

What does it mean to be human, especially from a Biblical Christian worldview? With all of the division (political, racial, etc) we see in the world today, it seems that...

a letter to the people of the Church in my community

As a student of the Living Word, a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, and a seeker of Truth, I, Dan, write this to the people of the Church in my community. Whether you...

a psalm of david, when he fled from absalom his son

I'll be honest. Just writing this stuff on how to lament is tough. I've gotten feedback as I share on this topic that some people just can't relate. Some prefer to focus on the...

lament: a perspective on sadness in the bible

Wanna know something that drives me crazy? Happiness. Not all happiness. I’m very pro-happiness. I just don’t like fake happiness. You know, the kind people show you at church...

Jesus is like topsoil [4 thoughts about our relationship with Christ]

I'm a sucker for a good simile. Especially ones that help me understand my faith. Statements like, "Jesus is like a [blank]," help us to understand various characteristics of his...

9 songs that inspire my christian faith

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." -- Plato These are some insightful words from Plato. And he had never...

the #codexinstagramus initiative: a bible photography project

What if you could only use pictures to tell the story of the Gospel? I've been thinking a great deal about Luke, the writer of his Gospel and the Book of Acts. The influence of...

carrying christmas

My husband and I will celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday. On Friday, I'll remove my diamond rings. Not to worry, though. It's only temporary. I've had my flu...

three musicians you should know

I'm trying to come down from a Frio River high after four days at Laity Lodge in the Hill Country of Texas with members of The High Calling. On second thought, I don't want to...

caring for the sick [an #activistfaith guide to the pandemic]

When you're in the midst of a global pandemic, caring for the sick isn't likely the first thing on your mind. Most of us are thinking about our own survival, whether it's with...

how to be life-giving through gifts-based ministry

Note: The article Life-Giving through Gifts-Based Ministry was originally written for a series called "What My Church Does Well" for The High Calling (now at Theology of Work...

a pregnancy of the heart (our story of saying “yes” to #adoption)

She loves to be tickled. When most kids would squirm and ask you to stop, my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter giggles, “Tickle, Daddy!” as if she wants more. I love those moments...

the #activistfaith voter guide to the presidential elections

I'm pretty much over the drama with the current election cycle. Is it just me, or are the presidential elections getting to be more hateful and divisive? And it doesn't stop with...

after three years in jail, this guy has an (awesome) dream for his community

Overcoming the impacts of poverty requires the breaking of cycles. And that's exactly what Alexis Quintero is doing. He runs a store in his community in Casco Viejo, Panama where...

how get #elfontheshelf to preach it!

Like many other families, the Christmas stuff comes out and get set up almost immediately after Thanksgiving. We get the artificial tree out, light up the festive candles,...

what’s the deal with the faith at work movement?

There's a movement beginning to stir. Literature being published on this theme is on the rise, conversations and initiatives on college campuses are becoming more frequent, and...