How firm is our foundation?

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

Youth. Where are youth going and how does it impact the foundation? What are youth telling the church? Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean. Oxford University Press, 2010.Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion—the same data presented in Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Smith and Denton)—Dean’s book investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about … Read More

A sense of. . .others

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

So far, all of you who are avid readers of the President’s Message know that this page has focused this year on having A Sense of….Purpose, Humor, and, for this issue, Others. It has been my observation that many people seem to lack this particular “sense.” They are so caught up in “self” (see the next issue of the Advocate) that they have lost a sense of others. Here are some self-check clues as to … Read More

God’s surprising wonders

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

Sometimes the wonders of God come as a surprise—apparitions from elsewhere in God’s grace without explanation or a proper sense of why. The wonders of God also come through hard work, a life of discipleship, commitment to God and others. In a sense, we could say that the wonders of God come after the work we do for the gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. When I look back and consider the work of … Read More

Surrounded by superlatives

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

King Nebuchadnezzar to everyone, everywhere—every race, color, and creed: “Peace and prosperity to all! It is my privilege to report to you the gracious miracles that the High God has done for me. His miracles are staggering, his wonders are surprising. His kingdom lasts and lasts, his sovereign rule goes on forever.” Daniel 4: 1-3 from The Message As the APCE cabinet, APCE members and church education professionals across the land gear up for our … Read More

Experiencing God’s surprising wonders at our Annual Event

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

The scripture verse chosen for the APCE Annual Event 2012 is Daniel 4:3: “God’s miracles are staggering, God’s wonders are surprising.” Come and be surprised when we gather in Grand Rapids! At each committee planning meeting, someone always says, “Remember God’s surprising wonders!” The committee has worked hard at providing an opportunity for all of us to enjoy. Surprises may be large or small, as you discover different ways to connect, enrich, empower and sustain … Read More

Grand Rapids in February?

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

The APCE Annual Event is coming to Grand Rapids, MI, in February 2012 and you should make plans to attend. Really. I’m not kidding. Now Grand Rapids in February might not be your idea of a tropical paradise but there are a number of outstanding reasons for you to join us. Those of us who live here know that the reports of frigid temperatures and snow-covered streets are greatly exaggerated. In fact, the normal high … Read More