Small Group Teacher Workshop Notes – April 2021

The Art of Welcoming & The 7 Laws of the Learner, Law No. 1 THE ART OF WELCOMING Introduction: Environment carries much more power than we give it credit for. Think back to the theme song to the beloved sitcom, Cheers: ‘Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you … Continue reading Small Group Teacher Workshop Notes – April 2021

How do you know you’re not wrong?

Ever have those types of conversations at coffee shops or via social media? When dialoguing about worldviews (especially in today’s relativistic, “hey, whatever works for you” culture), some deep and reasonable thinking is required. Philosophy is hard.  It takes serious mental discipline. (My 'Philosophy of Religion' class, studying the works of Descartes, Hume, Nietzsche, and … Continue reading How do you know you’re not wrong?

Knowing Why You Believe What You Believe

When I began honestly investigating reasons for the Christian faith it changed everything. My faith, over time, became my own. No longer was my answer for being a Christian, "The preacher said it's true," or "Grandma said it's true." It's ok - very ok - to doubt your faith. John the Baptist, according to Jesus' … Continue reading Knowing Why You Believe What You Believe

The Bible: Gospel, Guide or Garbage?

Linked for you here is a dialogue between New Testament scholar and theologian, NT Wright, and Harvard philosopher, Sean Kelly, as they discuss one of history’s most influential books – the Bible. It’s an audio link only (no video) and is over an hour in length.  Whether you listen in “small bites” or “swallow the … Continue reading The Bible: Gospel, Guide or Garbage?

The Discipleship of the Mind

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment he purposefully made it clear that God was to be loved with the mind as well as the rest of our human faculties. (cf. Matthew 22:37) In his book, "The Passionate Intellect," former atheist, Alister McGrath (Oxford; Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics), calls the intellectual pursuit of God … Continue reading The Discipleship of the Mind