Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Testament II is coming to Hanover

Today I finished the promotional video for the New Testament course being offered at Hanover Missionary Church this fall.

It's an extension course that can be taken for credit or audit through Emmanuel Bible College.

Last fall I taught New Testament I in Hanover and it was so successful that we're following it up with New Testament II.

N.T. I was an overview of the time period between Old and New Testaments, and an examination of the Gospels and the book of Acts.

N.T. II focuses on the rest of the New Testament (Romans-Revelation).

Here's a promotional video to whet your appetite for taking a Bible College course in Grey County.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Found Days

Last night our family went on a one night camping extravaganza with some families from our former church in Owen Sound.

We arrived yesterday after supper and planned to stay until this evening.

That was before it rained.

The drops started falling around midnight and it was still pouring when we awoke this morning.

By the time we exited the tent, must all of the other families had packed it in and drove home.

So, we did too. It became a 'found day' for our family.

We spent it playing, gardening and relaxing.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Taking it easy

This week, I went to a pastor's gathering @ EBC with our interim lead pastor.

We heard from Phil Wagler. He's the lead pastor of a number of churches in Huron county. Their model of leadership and their ideas about ministry resonated with me.

One of the things that stood out to me was something Phil said about visionary leadership and the faithful opposition. As a visionary myself, I have come to appreciate those who oppose my ideas. I used to get uptight when others didn't see what I saw. Now I see how important nay sayers are in refining the vision. The church needs the dreamers and those who oppose because in the end, we're all better off working together.

I was also struck by the one year Sabbath Phil's church took. Yes, the entire church stopped all programs and only gathered for two reasons. First, they gathered Sunday mornings to worship and learn. Second, they gathered in intergenerational house groups throughout the week to grow together, study Scripture together, and serve together.

Phil reported that during their Sabbath year they saw more people come to Christ and be baptized than in any other prior year.

I wonder what might happen if HMC decided to take a Sabbath year?
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