Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
What does it say?
What does it mean?
How does it apply it to my life?
How does it apply to others?
How can I communicate so they will understand and apply it to their life?
An excellent approach I commend to you!
Now, here's the follow-up challenge: how can you train your students to do this for themselves, so they in turn are able to teach/train/disciple God puts in their sphere of influence?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I personally have benefited enormously from Wayne Grudem's work "Systematic Theology." Readable, gentle and clear -- without losing conviction, and retaining a strong pastoral heart. Credo House reviews other candidates.
Some of our readers prefer Wesley-Arminian or Charismatic frameworks for thought? Anyone want to put forward recommendations for this? (Comment below.)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I usually keep it short and include:
- any key reminders of the past week
- additional observations or follow-ups
- preview of next week, and suggested "read this in advance" or a question to pique their curiosity
It's on my list this year to get better at this. I used to do it consistently but got "out of the habit."
This isn't difficult to do. Here's an excellent example you could follow.
Friday, January 21, 2011
You're not alone!
Check out Alan Danielson's "Pyramid of Death" presentation (5 levels of idea assimilation). I suspect you'll find this a useful framework for evaluating the effectiveness of your teaching.
You can learn more about the origins of this diagram.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
You can access the Thompson's Chain Reference information online (free), but I'm still advocating a print copy.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I was delighted to read a pair of companion articles discussing sheep and shepherds:
Sheep: This Time It's Personal
The Shepherd Leader
Not only do I think that you, dear teacher, should heartily acknowledge your shepherding role in the body, but these would make the basis for a great lesson or two!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This blog post, "Get Your Communication Right," gives you the correct information that you need as a Bible teacher or preacher.
Try this: Turn to a friend or colleague and try to communicate without words, “I feel deeply about global warming because I feel as humans we have a responsibility to our environment and the generations that follow us.” It’s not possible but according to some so-called specialists we should be able to get 93% of this message across.
Focus on your words first, and then work to make your tonality and body language support those words! That's the way to teach the Bible to change lives.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Here's my advice:
1. Don't allow this topic to become a focus point for their faith and life. Jesus needs to be the focus.
2. Get some accurate, trustworthy information. There's considerable goofiness on the Internet and in books and magazines. Go here: Spiritual Warfare 101.
3. Teach calmly, firmly, and carefully -- work only from Scripture.
Friday, January 07, 2011
It's not yelling, or merely speaking louder. Projection requires focused effort to speak from your diaphram, not just the back of your mouth. It helps me to imagine my words rushing past my teeth at high speed, targeting them to individuals in the back of the room. And you must enunciate syllables. It may feel weird, but it will sound much better.
One of the most common issues that cause people to stumble and mumble is nervousness. Relax, remember that God is the One who has you here at this point in time for these particular people. Sip water if your mouth gets dry; it's difficult to project well when your tongue sticks to your cheeks!
The other thing which helps me project better is simply to stand with excellent posture. This helps free up your diaphram muscles and open your throat. Give sustained eye contact with individuals in your group, and speak to them.
Solicit a friend to give you feedback on how well you are doing with projection. Specifically ask this person to "rate" your projection at 4 or 5 times over 30 minutes. It's easy to project well at the start and then lapse down.
Try these tips for better projection. Quality projection means you're heard, and appreciated.
(By the way, ff you're teaching to a really large group, or in a room bigger than, say, 25x40 feet, then I recommend a microphone. Even with a microphone, the quality of your voice will be superior if you are working at projection.)
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
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(And for those of you saying, 'But I'm not a pastor,' think carefully -- your role overlaps with a pastor's role, and you are a priest serving in the kingdom of our Lord. Act like it.)
Monday, January 03, 2011
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Probably the scariest trend for me: "The withering of discipleship in the American church"
You and I, dear Bible teachers, must be about teaching to change lives.