Posted in Contextualization

That Relationship Thing

Making relationships matter. How can we counter the aspects of our culture that make people second? How can we sustain value to our relationships? Continue reading “That Relationship Thing”

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Teaching in a Foreign Language or 2nd Language Context

The thing to understand about language learners is that to reach fluency requires a working vocabulary of about 10,000 words. However native speakers have a working vocabulary of 30,000 to 40,000 words. Idiomatic expressions are a whole other problem. Continue reading “Teaching in a Foreign Language or 2nd Language Context”

Posted in The Second Half

That Scaffolding Thing

Snip20160713_17There is an arc to human development.

We start life completely helpless and rely on others for everything.

As we journey through childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood the scaffolding in our lives is gradually removed. At that point in the arc we become the scaffolding for others.

As we enter the the last stage of our life the scaffolding must gradually return and enable us along the journey.

What are the felt needs and gaps that await us forward? Can we begin to envision ways to meet those challenges? Can we innovate?

Posted in The Second Half

Invisible

My generation is becoming invisible. Our culture has begun looking past us… whispering, “isn’t it time for you to retire?” Weary of our shadow GenX embraces the passing of the boomers only to find that now it is the generation behind them, the millennials,  that is new pig passing through the snake. Continue reading “Invisible”

Posted in Contextualization, That Theology Thing

Who Is The Rock Really?

Who is the authoritative interpreter of the Christian faith? Where does authority reside?

The authoritative interpreter is clear for the Catholic Church. I believe most evangelical Protestants would say their authority rests on the bible alone. “On the solid word I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”

As early as the reformation the scripture was being divided into primary and secondary themes. Continue reading “Who Is The Rock Really?”

Posted in Book Reviews, The Second Half

Learn How to Live Well Before You Die

Snip20160710_13Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

Much of the message of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” is an exhortation to die well. But the equally important message is to learn how to live well before you die. Morrie decided that he wanted his tombstone to say, “A Teacher to the Last” (Albom, Kindle Location 1421). His final project was to teach about life and death. And the lesson begins with understanding what is important. Continue reading “Learn How to Live Well Before You Die”

Posted in Book Reviews, Contextualization, That Theology Thing

The Reason For God Effectively Establishes Reason For Doubting The Prevailing Secular Worldview

Snip20160710_11The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Timothy Keller

Keller’s challenge to modern skeptics is for them to “doubt their doubts” about the existence of God. Keller responds to seven dominant rational arguments that are blockers to the secular mind believing that God exists. Keller counters objections that assert that religious belief is not only irrelevant in the age of rationality but worse that religion is the source of worldwide injustice. After addressing the “leap of doubt” that excludes God, Keller offers “reasons for faith.”

Continue reading “The Reason For God Effectively Establishes Reason For Doubting The Prevailing Secular Worldview”