In The Pickwick Papers, Dickens has a character say of another that he was teaching little lessons to little boys. The phrase sounds sad to my ears. I want to teach great lessons to great servants of God. I want to pass on grand truths about God and eternity. While keeping our feet on the ground, I want to explore the wonderful themes of God coming to be among us and redeem us. Continue reading
Here’s a great list to ponder over.
Roy Zuck wrote a book called Teaching as Jesus Taught and identified fifteen reasons that Jesus asked questions. Here is his list for your consideration:
- To cause someone to recall facts
- To promote conversation
- To point out something that isn’t true
- To get agreement
- To push for an expression of faith
- To prod for an opinion
- To prove faith and commitment
- To promote reflection and thinking
- To persuade critics of error
- To pull people up
- To pour out emotions
- To reveal motives
- To prick the conscience
- To pinpoint a topic
- To press for the application of the truth
A question isn’t always a mere question; they can also be used for evil, as did Jesus’ enemies. And they have many uses for good, as this list shows. We use questions without thinking, as a part of our dialogues. Perhaps more awareness might help us make better use of them.
Another whole area of study is how questions are used in other cultures and in what settings, and what they mean, which may be different than what they might mean to an American. (Or a non-American.)
I’ve been adding my smaller blurbs over at (or in?) The Fellowship Room recently. Some of them might have been inserted here, but I put them there, in this initial phase of getting things up and running.
At TFR, I’ve been asking a Daily Nudge, a question to prompt, or prime, our participants. Today’s question asked what they’ll be teaching tomorrow. Continue reading
A brother in Christ sent me this email, after he’d invited me to teach in his congregation, and I mentioned I was headed to the States to replace fund I’d be losing by June of next year. Continue reading
BZM report: sponsorship, marriage encounter, special visits, driving.
BIG NEWS. The Somers Avenue elders informed me yesterday by email that the congregation will become our new sponsor. We’re excited by this decision, and pray our new relationship may bring many to the kingdom and give glory to God. Continue reading
My family and I have arrived in Belo Horizonte, and are staying in a couples’ home where we stayed last trip here. We’re here to speak at a marriage encounter.
We’re spending the night in SÃ£o Paulo with Jorge and Paula. Then Jorge and I go tomorrow to a men’s shindig. Continue reading
Luciano and I missed the movie he was going to treat me to, since none was showing early enough for us to make it back in time for the start of the seminar at 6 p.m. Continue reading
Thursday, 7:25 p.m.
Here I am sitting in the Guarulhos airport (metro Sao Paulo), with my flight an hour late. Continue reading
I leave this afternoon to teach the “Total Transformation” course this weekend in Recife, at the Prazeres congregation. I return on Monday. Continue reading