The Economist Sees An Apocalyptic 2019

Three ways things could go horribly wrong with Brexit in 2019 From The Economist: PARTY CONFERENCES always attract people with placards proclaiming that the end is nigh, from Marxists declaring that the long-awaited crisis of capitalism is finally upon us to religious fundamentalists spying the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on the horizon. Usually we journalists pass them by with …

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The True Test of Your Faith

The focus of this week’s text from the Epistle of James is obedience to the Word of God. James issues a simple command: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Unfortunately, the issue of self-deception has been a topic of concern within the church since the first century. There are many Christians–then and …

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Contend for the Faith

We started our look at the one-chapter epistles of the New Testament by highlighting the importance of truth. A Christian would point to the Word of God as the bedrock foundation of truth. It is from the Bible that we learn and understand the essential elements of the Lord God that define our human understanding of morality and ethics. Our …

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A Debilitating Disease within the Body of Christ

Has this generation of Christians lost the meaning to the word “holy”? It often appears it has to the casual observer.  Just within my lifetime, and I’m not very old, the church has drastically moved away from any attempt at holy living, from being separate and distinct from the world around us. The reasons are many, but I believe the …

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“The People Did What Was Right in Their Own Eyes”

In the Old Testament book of Judges, we see a phrase oft repeated, and “the people did what was right in their own eyes.” This phrase is a sign of a society or nation sliding into moral decay. They no longer acknowledge God or His law, but instead simply make their own determination of what is right and what is …

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My Approach to Small Group Curriculum

Like most things in life, my approach to developing curriculum for our small groups is a work in progress. At its core, I follow a traditional instructional design model commonly known by it’s acronym—ADDIE. This describes a basic five step approach to design: Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluate Our church’s ministries are structured around a school calendar year, so the calendar …

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The Promise

   The sign of a double rainbow east of Ankeny, IA following a summer storm. © Chris Eller  

A Useful Site for PowerPoint Users

One of my objectives this summer is to advance my PowerPoint skill beyond the basics. PowerPoint is an incredible tool, but like most software, we only use about five percent of its capabilities. Effective visuals are a powerful way to connect with and engage learners…especially younger learners who are accustomed to seeing life play out in front of them via …