Christian faith and life

teaching the Bible to college students (it seemed like a good idea at the time)

Posted by PeteEnns on July 1, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 3 Comments

After teaching seminary and doctoral students for 18 years, I’ve been teaching Bible courses to college students for the last 5.  So, of course, this makes me an expert. All kidding aside, I’ve had to do some thinking about how to pull this off. Teaching Bible in a Christian college can be tricky, especially introductory courses (I teach both

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religious faith: it’s more a right brain thing

Posted by PeteEnns on June 22, 2016 in Christian faith and life 3 Comments

Below is an extended quote from Chuck DeGroat’s latest book Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self. I’ve been hearing quite a bit about brain research and the implications for the life of faith, namely that both brain hemispheres are equally important for how we see the world—they should not be polarized and neither should hijack

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are you and your church codependent?

Posted by PeteEnns on June 20, 2016 in Christian faith and life 4 Comments

Does your church think that it has everything you will ever need to grow in faith? Some do, and I have been a member of churches that sound like what psychologist David G. Benner describes below—holding on to members for dear life, thinking a move elsewhere is a step down and away from God’s presence. I have also been a

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learning to embrace our imperfection

Posted by PeteEnns on May 25, 2016 in Christian faith and life 8 Comments

Striving to be “enough” and perfectionism rather than resting in God are an epidemic in western Christianity. Baseball (yeah, you heard me) can teach us something about life—including the life of faith. Baseball teaches us, or has taught most of us, how to deal with failure. We learn at a very early age that failure is the norm

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