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Topical Tuesdays

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Last Tuesday I facilitated the final session of an educational event I called "Topical Tuesdays." When I started my current transitional (interim) ministry I learned that the previous pastor conducted a mid-week Bible study using the Sunday lectionary texts from which he would develop his sermon.  Since I opted to preach more topically, I substituted a topical conversation for Bible study. This year's sermon series included: Fruitful Practices (inspired by Five Practices of Fruitful Read More …

Summer Shifts


Summer has always been one of my favorite seasons of the year.  It is also a time when many people temporarily shift their normal routine.  I will be making shifts in several areas for the summer, including: Blogging I have published one blog post a day for the last 10 months, and a total of 1,450 since launching this blog in 2009.  This will be my last daily post for the summer.  I will continue to post on occasion rather than taking a month off as I did last year (a much needed break Read More …

Teaching = Learning?

Roger Olson

Roger Olson is an evangelical scholar who serves as Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  Recently he blogged about several unhelpful continuing education experiences in his thirty-one years teaching in higher education.  One workshop, focused on communication and teaching, unsettled Olson: . . . the over riding message left me dazed and confused: “If they have not learned, you have not taught.” Huh? No amount of questioning could get the experts Read More …

Teach Better

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Whether the classroom is a university lecture hall, a business conference room, or a church library most people assume the subject matter expert will convey information in such a manner as to aid would be students in the learning process.  The expectations relative to the teaching-learning experience rise proportional to the formality and expectations of the environment.  Near the high expectation end of this continuum are credit courses at Ivy League universities. Dan Berrett's recent Read More …

Review of The Truth Shall Make You Odd

Frank G. Honeycutt

Frank G. Honeycutt.  The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations.  Brazos Press, 2011.  ISBN: 9781587432637. Meet the Author Frank G. Honeycutt is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) pastor with twenty-five years of parish ministry experience who currently serves as Senior Pastor of the nearly 900 member Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina.  He is the author of six books including Marry a Pregnant Virgin: Unusual Bible Stories for New and Read More …