Theology

Titles Don’t Matter

It has occurred to me of late that there are a few people in the world who function as though their title makes them what the title says they are.  Let me explain. Teachers teach.  Writers write.  Singers sing.  Leaders lead.  Youthworkers…..do youthy stuff etc.  See the problem? Now I sing, but I certainly am not a singer by any ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 8- The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 8: Gluttony- Super Size It! Core Teaching:            Gluttony is the sin of overindulgence.  Usually with food.  It is trying to feed the hunger of our souls with the body’s food. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 7th Deadly Sin, Gluttony.  WARNING: There may be a few ...

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“A Faith of Their Own” Sociologists Melinda Denton and Lisa Pearce

    Our own Amy Valdez Barker had the opportunity to sit down with sociologists of youth ministry, Lisa Pearce and Melinda Denton, to discuss their recent youth ministry findings.  You might recognize Denton and Pearce’s names from the books “Soul Searching”,”Souls in Transition”, and now “A Faith of Their Own.” During the interview, Pearce and Denton share their journeys ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 7- Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The Life of a Disciple in the World 7 Deadly Sins Session 7: Lust- Salt For Thirst Core Teaching:            Lust is the best known sin.  It is deceptive, because it is not just a sin of action, but also of thoughts.  Giving in to lust is abusing God’s good gift of Human Sexuality. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the ...

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Life of a Disciple In The World 6- Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 6: Greed- The Fire To Acquire Core Teaching:            Greed is a Major Sin that runs wild in today’s world.  The love of money produces all sorts of evil.  Jesus teaches that the greedy accumulation of things is a rejection of dependency on God. Session Goals:            This session ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 5: Sloth

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 5: Sloth- “Whatever Dude…….” Core Teaching:            Sloth is a Major Sin that impacts our spiritual life.  It also contributes to prolonged and needless suffering in our world. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 4th Deadly Sin, Sloth.  Students should be able to identify Sloth in their ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 4

The Seven Deadly Sins Session 4: Anger- Hearts Frozen Into Fists Core Teaching:            Anger causes us to sin.  We all get Angry.  Mature Christians deal with Anger differently. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 3rd Deadly Sin, Anger.  Students should be able to identify Anger in their own lives, see how the Bible says to deal with our Anger, ...

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Captured by a Compelling Narrative Conference – Discount for YWM Members

On October 27-28, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is hosting the “Captured by a Compelling Narrative: A Christian Story for a New Generation” conference.  This two day event will feature speakers and panelists Diana Butler-Bass, Walter Fluker, Melinda Denton, Mike Slaughter and others.  Please check out the website for more information and to register. YouthWorker Movement members can attend this conference including ...

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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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