Published: July 2nd, 2015
Heroes. Everyone has them. Often they are highly visible and their names well known. For some heroes are athletes who set records, sustain careers in their sport and take their places in Halls of Fame. For others heroes win Pulitzers, Oscars, or Grammys, for their exceptional talent.
Published: September 11th, 2018
Pastor Andy Stanley’s influence and standing in North American evangelicalism are a matter of public record, but where he excels and, by his admission, is most passionate, is in the area of communication. I believe that part of the effectiveness of his approach to preaching is that it shares similarities to well-known homiletical approaches. These similarities may not always be obvious because Stanley’s writing about preaching (or as he prefers, “communicating”) is non-technical and jargon-free.
Published: December 22nd, 2016
While the Bible provides guidance on the topic of money management, sometimes it can be difficult to translate those lessons into daily practice. Lanny Rogers, MBA in Finance from the University of Dallas, CPA candidate, and Certified Treasury Professional shares his best tips, tricks, secrets and advice for financial planning.
Published: February 16th, 2017
The terms “exegesis” and “eisegesis” refer to how you read the Bible.
At the most basic level, exegesis relies on the original context of a biblical passage to determine that passage’s meaning, while eisegesis uses things other than the original context of a biblical passage to determine that passage’s meaning.
Published: February 4th, 2016
If asked to name the top selling girls children's toy from the past year, what would you guess? One might reasonably (but incorrectly) assume Barbie, Goldiblox, or the continued onslaught of Frozen-themed merchandise. But, if you have young daughters or grandchildren, you won't be surprised when I say Shopkins.
Published: December 15th, 2016
Not only did Tolkien weave real-world words and sounds into his constructed languages, but he also wove real-world legends into his languages and tales. These tales often initially wound their way into the story through the use of a name as seen in his previous quote: “To me a name comes ﬁrst, and the story follows.” Several names did not originate in the languages and cultures that he invented, but instead came from his reading of old literature as a philologist and academic. One of these names, possibly one of the first to influence his legendarium was Eärendil. Tolkien found this name in the Old English poem Crist. He was fascinated by these two lines:
(Hail, Eárendil, brightest of angels/over middle-earth sent to men).
Published: July 26th, 2016
Murphy’s law says “If anything can go wrong, it will!” The Apostle Paul claims, “All things work together for good!” Whom should we trust?
Published: April 2nd, 2018
"All people, at all times, everywhere, bear the image of God."
Dr. Bruce Rosdahl concludes his vlog series over the fundamental dignity that belongs to every human being. Rosdahl explains the necessity for society to return to a Biblical understanding of the image of God and how that image is reflected in all individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.
Published: March 21st, 2018
"All people, at all times, everywhere, have dignity."
In part one of this vlog series, Dr. Bruce Rosdahl shares how modern society has neglected the fundamental dignity that belongs to every human being. Rosdahl breaks down the cascading consequences of a changing worldview-a worldview that has redefined personhood and quality of life based on personal opinion as opposed to a Biblical worldview. This change in view and declination of a Biblical worldview has crumbled the foundation on which human dignity stands.
Published: March 30th, 2017
Entire books have been written on the subject of Guest Assimilation, so fully tackling such a huge issue in a short blog isn’t realistic. But most of us who lead local churches need to get the basics down so we can begin building our effort. Here’s four key rites of passage for the guest.
Published: January 26th, 2016
I’ve taught criminal justice, at the college level for many years now. I was recently asked to teach some of the same criminal justice concepts I normally teach at the college level to a younger group of learners. One topic I was required to instruct was “The Criminal Justice System.” I had a two-hour time block for the instruction.
The idea of reducing this concept down to a two-hour block time frame was almost laughable.
Published: March 15th, 2016
Fake languages like Tolkien’s are called constructed languages (conlangs for short), and creating them is called conlanging. This requires determining the sounds (phonetics), sound patterns (phonology), word-building rules (morphology), sentence-building rules (syntax), meaning relationships (semantics), and socio-cultural rules (sociolinguistics) of the language. Despite the difficulty, Tolkien wasn’t the first to conlang; conlanging actually has a long and rich history. The oldest known conlang is Lingua Ignota (a supposed angelic language) created in the 1100s by Hildegard von Bingen. By Tolkien’s birth in 1892, at least 110 conlangs had been recorded, and by the publication of The Hobbit, there were at least 300.
Published: December 8th, 2015
Craig Keener, Ph.D. conducted a series of seminars at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) on the topic of miracles. He begins his defense by challenging historical and modern skeptics such as David Friedrich Strauss and David Hume and their view on miracles.
Published: July 14th, 2015
How do you handle conflict? Each of us has a conflict management style that we use predominately.
Published: April 7th, 2016
Everyone deals with conflict. Learning good conflict management skills is important to succeed in the world of business. Organizations that understand how to channel conflict appropriately are the most effective.
Published: June 19th, 2017
As we have looked at the metrics that drive church health, we have seen the “nickels and noses” measures of local church life aren’t truly the best measures of church health. In fact, in the U.S. Assemblies of God today, a slightly higher percentage of large churches are plateaued or declining than are smaller churches. So if bigger isn’t always better, what is better?
Published: June 5th, 2017
Once again, we continue our look at the metrics that drive church health. As we have seen, the “nickels and noses” measures of local church life aren’t truly the best measures of church health. Just because something is bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. If bigger was always better, then doctors would stop bugging us about expanding waistlines.
But what is better? We’ve already looked at missional effectiveness and assimilation ratios. These have shown us how we’re really doing at doing the job Jesus gave us to do. How many of us does it take to reach someone with the Gospel each year? Are we maintaining contact with those converts long enough to get them into the waters of baptism?
Published: May 22nd, 2017
Numbers are a somewhat controversial topic when it comes to the local church. Some chase them, believing the size of the crowd will speak volumes about their own effectiveness. Others simply insist that Jesus wants to reach everyone, so everyone is the goal. Still others focus their energies on smaller gatherings, searching for an intimacy the crowd can seldom achieve. Church isn’t a numbers game, and yet it really is.
Published: January 26th, 2017
The scenarios may differ, but the question is the same almost every time. If there is no law, no rule and no written reason not to do something, why not pursue the easiest path? In the world of marketing, this becomes even more relevant with tight deadlines, constrained budgets and goals that are not as clear-cut as they once were. The typical idea of marketing has completely changed, and functioning ethically becomes even more critical in this environment.
Published: June 2nd, 2015
In this highlight video from a lecture on biblical archaeology, Christopher Gornold-Smith discusses the strange creatures mentioned in the Bible known as cherubim. Are these creatures some sort of angelic beings?