Writing: Making Learning Stick

Continued Learning, Part 3

In school, writing was necessary.  After graduation, writing became an option.  At least good writing did.  Everyone takes notes from time to time, but do we allow writing to help us in our learning?  It always amazes me how much I remember, after I actually write it down on paper.  When we write, we make our learning stick.

This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Writing Making Learning Stick

To make this a little easier to digest, especially for those who don’t like to write, I offer four things we can all work towards:

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Listening: Finding Art within the Noise

Continued Learning, Part 2

I’m a great listener!  …just make sure no one lets my wife read this!  All joking aside, I don’t think I’m alone in my inability to listen at times.  Most of us want to share our thoughts and ideas.  Why? Because we thought them, and they seem to make sense.  What I’ve learned, however, is that my best thoughts are formed after I spend a lot of time listening.

This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Listening Finding Art within the Noise

I’m offering four ways we can continue to learn by listening. Maybe we’ll be able to find some ‘art’ in all the noise.

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Fathers, Don’t ‘Relax’ on Father’s Day

Reflecting on God’s Blessings

To all the fathers out there: Father’s Day has turned into, yet another, commercialized event on the calendar. If you love your Father, give him a card, gift, and make sure they have a relaxing day. I’ll be first to say, ‘I enjoy the attention;’ but maybe we’re missing something. Maybe Father’s Day is the best opportunity to reflect on fatherhood.  After all, what makes a father, a father? — kids. What would happen if, instead of focusing on ourselves, we honestly reflected on the amazing gift and responsibility of fatherhood?

Don't Relax on Father's Day

Sure, kids can still celebrate their father!  But maybe fathers should stop to reflect on the blessing behind Father’s Day — their kids.

I look at my kids and I’m blown away that God has blessed me with two of them. Sometimes I still don’t believe it!  The last three years were a beautiful blur of excitement.

Yes, sometimes they’re crazy. Yes, I want to bang my head off the wall from time to time. But I don’t have to think very long before I remember how blessed I am to be their dad.

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Sexual Struggles and the Church

What Believers Must Remember

In a world where our sexuality is a focal point, it’s not surprising that understanding sexual struggles (and sometimes resulting sin) can be problematic.  It shouldn’t really be surprising — the Church and culture speak different languages.  The key is understanding why and how to humbly move forward in grace and truth.

Sexuality and the Church

One of the biggest problems within the Church is that we may not fully understand the difference between temptation (or struggle) and sin.  On the other hand, we seem to be quite good at categorizing our struggles. For example, any sexual struggle is said to be a bigger issue than any other struggle. There even seems to be bigger and lesser struggles within sexual struggles.

Paul made a point to speak of the significance of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:18), but that significance isn’t really about being lesser or greater, rather how sacred our bodies are. The Church in Corinth clearly didn’t understand that significance.

In order to understand and respond to sexual struggles, we have to understand some fundamental concepts.  Here are five things the Church must remember:

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Why Do We Fear?

God (Peace) versus Evil (Fear)

Christians talk about peace on a regular basis, but I’m not sure if all Christians understand the impact of fear.  There’s a reason why scripture tells us we don’t have to fear.  Complete trust in God is really a complete rejection of fear.  When we avoid fear, we understand peace a little better. When we allow God to be our ‘Shepherd,’ we have nothing to fear because we put our lives in His hands.

why do we fear

So why do we still fear?

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