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Visual Theology: “I Can See Clearly Now”

Info-graphics have returned in popularity in recent years. They have been commonly used to show data regarding the weather, route maps and graphs for statistical information. Their purpose is to integrate substantive information so that visual capacity is enhanced for absorbing multiple and diverse levels of detail in a condensed structure.

Tim Challies created his own version of  “Visual Theology” of things relating to  the Christian faith: The order of salvation, the attributes of God, the  Trinity, the AtonementReformed theology, the books of the Bible.

You can see the complete list here.   Either way, I have found his “Visual Theology” most helpful.

Check em out!

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in communication, doctrine

 

Three Crucial Questions For Ministers

With society and culture racing toward full secularization, Trevin Wax asks some penetrating questions while  giving well thought out  answers intended to assist with keeping Jesus Christ front  and center and the gospel clearly communicated each time the word is ministered.

Trevin recommends that when handling a biblical passage, we ought to ask these questions during preparation. The questions are the means for  keeping Christ and the gospel at the fore front with laser like focus.

Here are his questions, read the article for his  wise answers.

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1. How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of Scripture?

2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage?

3. How does this truth equip God’s church to live on mission?

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/11/13/3-questions-to-ask-of-your-sermon/

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in communication, gospel, meta-narrative, Uncategorized

 

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Doug Wilson Interviews Mark Driscoll On Spiritual Gifts

Doug Wilson is a conservative theologian and reformed cessationist. Mark Driscoll is a Pastor and reformed continuationist. That makes for  a remarkable interview. 

It is  rare to see such mutual respect, graciousness, and kinship between two men holding contrasting views like these. How can that happen? They confess they are friends.

When Wilson explains he has received “spirit prompted” words from God [words of knowledge], Driscoll nails him as a charismatic in denial. Their relational  laughter is priceless!

Whatever camp you are in, you are guaranteed to enjoy this  interview.

I absolutely loved it.

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I Just “Texted” to Say I Love You

This is an aweeeesome parody of Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Wanna To Say I Love You’ by Elliot Yamin. Some suggest it may even be the definitive long song of the modern era. 

The creative lyrics demonstrate the infiltration of the social network into the way  people relate  today.

 Priceless!

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http://trevinwax.com/2011/09/23/friday-funny-i-just-texted-to-say-i-love-you

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in communication, relationships, Video

 

Breaking Our Addiction To Technology

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Many of us have  been frustrated with  friends or family who have an absolute addiction to phone texting, emailing, facebooking, or blogging. 

Absorbed with  constant texting or blogging, the individual is rendered incapable of  hearing or responding to “mono -mono”  conversation because of   being  facedown and  ignoring everything else while giving an occasional nod as if every word is being received. [At least this is the way my wife kinda described it to me….lol] 

Also, According to a Harris Interactive study, 72% of people identified bad mobile-phone behavior as one of their top 10 pet peeves.

Who knew modern technology has a dark side. Seems our high-tech gadgets tend to sterilize relationships, stiffle meaningful communication,and effect emotional disconnect.

No problem,  help has arrived in the form of a new book: “The Digital Diet:The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life” by Daniel Sieberg.

These excerpts reveal the need to go on a digital diet and the 4 steps to implement. 

Ooooops, gotta run, just heard my Droid announce an incoming text.

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“At the core, the Digital Diet is about common sense and common courtesy, Impress yourself and those around you. Be the master, not the slave.”

“Technology makes life more sterile and makes it too easy to avoid a conversation (services like slydial send you straight to voice mail), face responsibility (sorry, didn’t get your message), or display emotions (those emoticons just don’t cut it). Too often technology allows us to replace meaningful interaction with superficial ones. Many of us have become terrible and ineffective communicators and blog and selfish broadcasters. Lots of telling but very little listening. We’ve come to rely on what I call, in fast food term, “drive through conversations”. Pull up, get what you want and drive away. No fuss, no muss. If only real life were so convenient.”

Step 1 – Think – Consider… the effect it’s had on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Step 2 – Boot – Take stock ….and step back from the device.

Step 3 – Connect – Focus on restoring the relationships…harmed by the technology in your life.

Step 4 – Vitalize – Learn how to…optimize your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook and web surfing.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/digital-diet-break-tech-addiction-book-daniel-sieberg/story?id=13519456

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in communication, marriage, relationships

 

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