Truisms in an Anxious System

Truisms in an Anxious System

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.

For the Bookshelf: Can Christians Be Educated?

The book addresses methods and assistance with obstacles that a Christian educator may encounter during teaching sessions and interactions with members of the congregation.

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For the Bookshelf: Five Worthwhile Books on Youth Ministry

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

May 8, 2017—Attention to the faith development of youth and young adults (most, arguably, who continue in a state of protracted adolescence well into traditional chronological years…

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For the Bookshelf: Cultivating Perennial Churches

By Betty Pugh Mills.

May 1, 2017—If there is a subject area of books written for clergy that usually end up making “persons of the cloth” all feel inadequate and beyond the task, it is in the area of “church…

“Yes, but is it valid?”

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

April 24, 2017—Discussing the Leadership in Ministry workshop’s focus on Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST), a friend asked where the theory fell in the divide between…

Cognition and Faith

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

April 17, 2017—What is the difference between religious thinking and “religiosity.” Or, what is the difference between faith and magical thinking? When I worked at a state…

Cognition, faith and religiosity presented by Matthew Hutson

For the Bookshelf: Women’s Lives in Biblical Times

By Amanda Edwards, MDiv/MAPT candidate.

Jennie Ebeling’s book, Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, is a unique combination of fiction and academic research from multiple sources that reconstructs women’s lives in an ancient Israel village. Ebeling was motivated to write the…

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Catalytic Leadership

By Carla Toenniessen.

Has the need for differentiated leadership ever been more obvious than in our world today?  Daily troubles, misery, entanglements, confusion and dysfunction abound.  National and world events on display reveal fascinating case studies of what failed leadership looks like in vivid detail and on…

For the Bookshelf: Family The Forming Center

Thompson asserts that whatever happens in the family life “inevitably touches our spiritual lives, whether for good or for ill”

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Through the Telescope and Microscope

By Eric C. Holmstrom.

A sermon title long in search of a sermon came back to me as I read Lewis Thomas’ words about deep mysteries, profound paradoxes, and imponderable puzzles in Howard Clinebell’s reflection on The Role of Mystery…

through the telescope, and microscope

For the Bookshelf: What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?

Reviewed by Robert L. Dibble

Surprises of real joy are often too infrequent experiences for most of us. Here’s a genuine one: while continuing their cleaning and organizing of Ed Friedman’s personal effects after his death in 1996, his son…

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Loss: the Engine of Growth

By Susannah Smith

I find that I am often talking to my friends and family about some kind of loss – loss of physical capacity; loss of a loved one or a dear pet; loss of a job; loss of…

Can You Stop Sabotage?

Sabotage is a predictable reactive phenomenon to the threat of change. Anytime leaders work toward change, of whatever kind, they can expect reactivity. As such, we should always expect it. The form it takes, however, is often surprising.

Defecting in Place

Defecting in place isn’t about behaving in a passive/aggressive manner to get the point of your unhappiness across. It is about being clear about who you are, what your goals are, stating your purpose, and staying on course in living out that purpose, no matter what the sabotage or resistance that comes your way.

What Real Christian Educators Know

…”real” Christian educators need to know certain other foundational things to inform their work. Without a deep knowledge of these foundations educators will be hampered in their effectiveness.

Education by Israel Galindo
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