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Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
United Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome two new members of its faculty, Anthony Le Donne and Peter J. Bellini. Both began their teaching duties on July 1. Also new to United is a Director of Non-Degree Programs, Mark Abbott, who begins his work on August 1.
Anthony Le Donne, Assistant Professor of New Testament, received a Ph.D. from Durham University, United Kingdom. He teaches New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and Greek courses. His research interests are Jewish-Christian relations, historical Jesus research and Social Memory theory. Dr. Le Donne is an editor for the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus and a co-founder of the “Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts” consultation for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a lay member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Peter J. Bellini, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Missiology in the Vera Blinn Chair, received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Bellini, formerly Director of Non-Degree Programs, teaches in the areas of Missiology, Evangelization, Church Renewal, Global Christianity, Interreligious and Intercultural Encounter, and Urban Studies. His special interests are renewal movements, prayer movements, discipleship, church planting and church turnarounds, postmodernism, and philosophical theology. He is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.
Mark Abbott, new Director of the School for Discipleship and Renewal, comes to United from the Seminario Evangélico Unido de Teología in Spain, where he has served as Dean. He and his wife Diane are returning to the U.S. after 27 years of missionary service. Dr. Abbott is an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church.
United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school of The United Methodist Church offering masters and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United’s goal is to educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. We are committed to teaching the Bible and the historic Christian faith, instilling a passion for personal and social holiness, and renewing the Church for its ministry and mission. Visit United for more information.
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Elverson, PA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014
Community Evangelical Free Church of Elverson Pennsylvania will once again offer its summer Vacation Bible School program using the fun and engaging videos and music from the Go Fish Guys. The Go Fish Guys’ mission is to make great music for kids that won’t drive parents BONKERS! All of our age groups, from 4 years old to students who’ve completed 6th grade, enjoy the Go Fish Guys. Many children return year after year and even return to volunteer if the child is too old to attend.
Check out this video to see just how much fun VBS with the Go Fish Guys will be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl8id7dhM4E
There will be music videos, crafts and outdoor games, as well as learning about what the Bible has to say about how we can SHINE our light wherever we go. Snacks are served each evening during the missions focus. All kids are welcome to join for a fun free week of songs, games, and learning from the Bible.
New this year is a Q & A for Parents. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 “Join the Conversation.” This will be a chance to explore the questions: Who is Jesus? What did he come to do? How should we respond? Refreshments will be served.
To register, please visit http://www.cefcelverson.org and click on the VBS photo or call the church office at 610-286-6790. The church is located at 52 S. Brick Lane, Elverson, PA, just off of Route 23.
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Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson
(PRWEB) July 15, 2014
The bell rings and a class of intermediates end their chatter and head for the door of the church classroom. A parent standing outside, waiting on their child to emerge, walks into the room to shake the Sunday School teacher’s hand. “My son really loves your class, none of his other teachers can get him to talk.” Another parent chimes in that her daughter now looks forward to Sunday mornings.
The teacher smiles and looks around the now empty classroom, pondering how his background in investment banking, student government, and home remodeling, got him here. At 26 years old, Jerry Latimer wonders if carpentry might be his next vocation.
“It took Christ 30 years before he started walking in the fullness of his calling…” Jerry said. “The way I see it, I’ve got four more years to grow from mistakes.”
If by mistakes, Jerry means a flurry of accomplishments, then he has made plenty. At only 16 years old, he initiated and led a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at M. L. King high school, he went on to be Vice President of the Mercer University campus ministry, All God’s Anointed People Evangelizing (A.G.A.P.E.), and a Summer Vacation Bible School teacher at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He currently serves what has now turned into a 4-year term teaching Sunday School to a coed group of teens ages 12-15.
“It’s an awkward age,” Jerry said. “People are scared to teach this age range because the kids are in transition. They are not little children and crayons are out of the question, but they’re not quite old enough for lessons about predetermination or the 7 seals.” Each week on Sunday morning, he packs life lessons and Bible stories into 1 hour. When he first began teaching, he endured many months of blank stares from disinterested pre-teens and teenagers. After some time he realized, “Having been raised in church, I am well aware of how boring Sunday school can be at times. Many of the lessons were difficult to understand at a young age, and the stories were from an adult’s point of view and perspective. Many teachers only told the stories from their point of view instead of bringing the story down to my level.”
His idea isn’t a novel one. Major corporations and top tier schools clamor to figure out ways to attract and advertise to Generation Y (aka Millenials ages 0 to 31). Jerry has embarked on a journey to reaching the hearts of the generation that’s asking “why” the most.
Studies on the Millennials generation find that they have shorter attention spans than their already impatient predecessor, Generation X. Most shockingly, Millennials have the highest percentage of individuals who claim that they don’t believe in God, more than that of Generation X and the Baby Boomers put together.
“I always promised myself that if I ever became a Sunday school teacher, I would make sure that the information was entertaining and educational,” Jerry said. The curriculum used church-wide for everyone from the toddlers to the senior citizens and Jerry found it to be too rigid to be relatable to a child. “It’s clear it was created from an adult’s perspective and it doesn’t attempt to share personal stories about their background as a part of the lesson.”
After almost a year of overcoming the poor reaction from his class, Jerry began developing a method of teaching that the students responded to best. With the blessing of the Sunday School Superintendent, he began to develop an idea. The method was simple, promoted participation, and translated well in the class room. The method involved carefully crafted questions that had a high success rate with boys and girls of getting thoughtful dialogue. The method was memorialized in his head, but with Jerry’s busy work and volunteer schedule, putting pen to paper seemed to be an impossible task.
Then, what he thought was impossible became reality. After climbing the ladder at a Fortune 500 company gaining certifications and promotions, he found himself laid off and in the unemployment line. “I felt like John, exiled from the city of workers to an island of Patmos all by myself,” Jerry said.
As he hunted for a new job, he spent his free time starting the daunting task of creating a relevant Sunday School curriculum. After 4 months of compiling all the points and effective lessons, he had gathered over the past 4 years of teaching, Real Talking Points by Jerry Latimer became a reality.
The instructional book gives the student an in-depth walk through the life of Jesus. Each lesson takes an aspect of Christ’s time on earth by first relating it to our time. On the subject of “Jesus is Visited by Nicodemus,” the open-ended preliminary discussion question asks, “Have you ever tried to explain new technology to your parents? Was it hard to explain or easy? How did you help them understand the device or process?” The lesson then introduces the applicable Scripture passage, and asks the follow-up questions, “Explain what it means to be born again. Discuss what a Pharisee represented, and how all the knowledge he learned could not help him understand what it meant to be born again.”
During an age where many “tweens” feel that they are being talked at rather than listened to, Real Talking Points’ lessons places value in the students’ view of the world and encourages conversation about things that are important to the students. The lesson plan is then much more easily discussed in that context.
Jerry says that he plans to follow the great commission and “Go.” “I would like to see if Real Talking Points is relatable in other countries, so I would like to have it translated into Spanish and Mandarin,” Jerry said. “I feel if I can just help just one child out there that doesn’t know Christ, then I have done enough.”
Real Talking Points – Open ended questions for discussing God’s Word with Today’s Generation can be purchased on amazon at the link below, and is also available digitally for the iPad, Nook, Kindle, and Android devices.
Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a powerful and heartfelt message at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.
Colorado Springs, Co (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
Three Colorado Springs youths are using their creative skills to fight malaria and help typhoon victims in the Philippines. This week, the youths presented a check to Compassion International, a Springs-based child development ministry dedicated to rescuing children from poverty around the world.
Eight-year-old Kevin Lester made paper bracelets with the name, “Jesus” written on them. “The bracelets also included nail holes to represent the nail holes in Jesus’ hands,” said Kevin’s mother, Nerissa Lester. Kevin gave the bracelets away while encouraging recipients to donate to Compassion’s Bite Back campaign, a program designed to provide malaria nets to families around the world. His efforts raised $ 240 for the campaign—enough to provide nets and malaria education to 13 families.
“In our family bible devotional, we recently read Luke 12:48, which reminded Kevin that to people like him to whom much is given, much is expected in return,” said Rob Lester, Kevin’s father. “It’s great seeing children helping children in an event like this.”
Brother and sister team, John and Elizabeth Borders, also created paracord bracelets as a fundraiser for typhoon victims in the Philippines—they raised $ 444. The money will help families who are still reeling from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November of 2013, killing over 6,200 people. Compassion ministers to over 70,000 children throughout the Philippines.
“We are always encouraged by how much good young people can accomplish when they unleash their dedication,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “These children saw the devastation of natural disaster, saw the impact a preventable disease like malaria can have, and decided to do something about it. By faith, they took action, and families in some of the poorest countries in the world will benefit because of that dedication.”
The youth worked alongside their church, Faith Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, to raise the funds.
Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,200 Christian churches in 26 countries to release over 1.4 million babies, children, and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 13 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on twitter at @compassion.
One of the first things a person should do before joining any organization is to read its mission statement. After all, why would you want to join a group if you don’t agree with its goals and beliefs? The same principle applies, if not more so, when it comes to joining a religious organization, ministry or church. The first place to look when thinking about becoming a new member of a religious group is its doctrine or set of beliefs. Here is a look at the doctrine of Christian ministry Evangelical Outreach.
Founded by holiness preacher and director of the ministry Dan Corner, Evangelical Outreach is dedicated to the proclamation and defense of the Christian faith.An ordained minister who pastored for nearly seven years, Corner preaches against various doctrines of grace and for the true holiness doctrine of heart purity.He is mainly known for refuting the popular doctrine of eternal security.
When it comes to the Bible, Evangelical Outreach believes the scripture is the “inspired and inerrant Word of the Living God which contains everything we need to know regarding salvation and how to behave in order to please God”.Unlike Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, Corner does not believe in other sacred texts or additions to the Bible.
On the subject of salvation, Evangelical Outreach states that salvation “is by grace and not by works.” However, he also believes that the believer’s security is conditional. This means that although at the point of instant salvation one is declared righteous, given the gift of eternal life, and made a child of God, that same person can lose the gift of salvation if he or she becomes an enemy of God. Therefore, the ministry preaches the holiness doctrine in an effort to help Christians avoid the sinful path and prepare for death.
What is the unforgiveable sin? According to Evangelical Outreach, there are many ways a person can become an enemy of God, including pleasing the sinful nature.However, Corner suggests that not all sins are unforgivable. The one unforgivable sin, according to the doctrine of Evangelical Outreach, is when a person believes Jesus had an evil spirit and performed miracles through the help of a demon or Satan.
Richard A. Manfredi has written about www.evangelicaloutreach.org.Dan Corner gives his point of view on the once save always saved doctrine. Learn about evangelical outreach, conditional security, eternal security and the antichrist conspiracy.
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Catholic young people and new media: a seminar to boost the evangelization
Catholic Bishops' Conference Social Communications Commission (KWI Kosmos); led by Msgr. Petrus Turang, the Archbishop of Kupang, organized a seminar on new media and evangelization in response to the call given by Pope Francis for the World Day …
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'Evangelization helps people fall in love with God,' priest says
Father Nieli, a Paulist priest and national Catholic evangelist and missionary, and formerly director of evangelization for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, focused his spirited talk on Pope Francis' 2013 Apostolic Exhortation …
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Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik has appointed Michel P. Therrien to the new position of secretary for evangelization and Catholic education for the diocese effective July 1. Mr. Therrien is an associate professor of moral theology at the Augustine …
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Greensboro, North Carolina (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Few multi-million dollar companies are given away to achieve their stated purpose and mission. In the case of Barnhart Crane and Rigging, a $ 250 million dollar company based in Memphis, Tennessee, the purpose of building a successful heavy lift and transport company was “to glorify God by providing an opportunity for His people to use their skills and gifts in His service through constructive work, personal witness and ministry funding.”
“Some people think we are crazy but [giving the company away] was a wonderful relief to us. Our personal balance sheet changed a lot that day, but our lifestyle did not change at all. If I die now, we can pass on the stewardship of the company without having to transfer the dangerous part – the weapon of wealth,” says Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane and Rigging and member of America’s leading executive roundtable, The C12 Group.
But Barnhart has turned “the weapon of wealth” into a practical instrument of economic hope for poor families in need of stable financial systems. During the 2014 spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank Group in Washington, DC, participants warned of the negative impact of having an estimated 2.5 billion people in developing countries with little or no access to traditional financial services. Research findings by the International Finance Corporation showed that about 200 million formal and informal micro, small and medium enterprises in Africa and other developing countries lack the financing they need to grow.
This revelation is not new for Barnhart Crane andd Rigging, it has been donating millions for years to non-profit mission groups dedicated to Christ-centered microenterprise development. Oganizations providing biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty.
GROVE, God’s Resource Operating Very Effectively, is the company’s philanthropic organization comprised of 55 Barnhart employees who determine where company donations can do the most good. Most of the donations boost international development and Christian ministry in Africa, the Middle East, India, and southeast Asia, where the GROVE sees needs larger than those at home. “That’s where God is really working. All the ministries we work with are meeting the needs of growing The Kingdom,” says Joye Allen, GROVE administrator. The group focuses its giving on five causes: Christian evangelism, church planting, Christian discipleship, leadership training, and ministering to the poor.
GROVE’s biggest grants have gone to Hope International, which provides microfinancing in developing regions around the world; the Seed Company, a Bible translation group; and Strategic Resources Group, an umbrella organization for Christian ministries in the Middle East.
In the countries where HOPE operates, $ 50 or $ 200 can purchase healthy feed for animals, a sewing machine, a cart to transport produce to market, or a market stall in which to sell goods. It can also allow an entrepreneur to purchase supplies in bulk or to hire an employee to increase efficiency.
GROVE donations have touched the lives of thousands through their partner ministries with the aim to grow The Kingdom of God. According to Hope International, selected as GROVE’S premier partner, it has helped more than 400,000 clients — most of whom were women – in areas like the slums of India.
Though the bulk of its giving is overseas, GROVE also works closer to home with financial contributions to Repairing the Breach, helping youth in rundown Memphis neighborhoods, and Citizens for Community Values, helping women escape the sex trade.
Barnhart believes the God that he serves is amazing and that “HE has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams and I am grateful to have learned that it is so much more joyful to be a giver than a consumer.” Barnhart is one of the newest members of the C12 Group in Nashville, Tennessee, led by John Logan. The C12 Group, equipping CEOs and owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose, gives members a way to focus on the enormous benefits of bringing marketplace ministry to life.
According to Don Barefoot, CEO of The C12 Group, “based on several member surveys over the years, it’s safe to say that nine out of 10 of us [Christian CEOs & owners] would agree that we’re not doing what we can in this vital dimension. We know that there are serious unmet ministry opportunities available to us as we conduct business and that we really need to step up to faithfully grasp the responsibility that God assigns us as stewards and servant leaders. As in the case of Barnhart Crane & Rigging, where thousands of lives around the world, from employees to those in poverty stricken areas around the globe, have been touched through the love of Christ at work within the organization.”
To learn more about the C12 Group and how membership can help CEO’s and business owners improve financial and ministry performance in a meaningful way, visit The C12 Group.
About Barnhart Crane & Rigging
Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of heavy lifting and transportation solutions. The company has locations across the United States. Services also include logistics, machinery moving, and plant relocations. Barnhart’s Quality Management System is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard and has been registered since 2000.
About The C12 Group
The C12 Group is America’s leading executive roundtable for Christian CEOs and owners building great businesses for a greater purpose. C12 Members gather monthly for a unique, proven peer forum to engage in worthwhile continual learning, brainstorming, intentional accountability, and to share proven best practices, combined with eternal perspective. Members also receive monthly counsel through one-on-one sessions, an annual business review, and an online library of high-impact leadership tools. Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, dedicated Christian author and CEO, C12’s mission is to change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him.
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