Exploring new ways to connect through social media

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

In the words of Inception’s Dom Cobb: “Once an idea has taken hold of the brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate.” And so it took hold in late summer of 2010—a daily devotional video blog. 30God.com launched its first video on the first day of 2011, and the first blog comments began appearing. During its first six months, Suzy, from the countryside of England, would share with viewers in Georgia her struggles with cancer. Her … Read More

Ways we connect

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

Enduring Connections: Creating a Preschool and Children’s Ministry, Janice Haywood. Chalice Press, 2007. Written for the minister or layperson who leads the childhood ministry in a church, this book gives guidance for developing a ministry that builds connections—between a child and God, and between a child and their community of faith. The focus is on childhood ministry that makes a spiritual difference in the lives of children and families. The Power of God at Home: … Read More

A sense of. . .Self

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

In Matthew 22 we read these familiar words when Jesus tells us, You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole being, and with your whole mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself  (CEB). From this amazing guide for life has come the acronym for JOY—Jesus-Others-Yourself. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this … Read More

Words Matter!

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock (Matthew 7:24-25, NRSV). Convicted financier Bernard Madoff lured his investors with promises of uninterrupted riches by investing with him. Old and young alike … Read More

Curriculum: A necessary tool for teaching

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

I have always considered the teacher/leader of a church school class or small group to be the most important factor for contributing to the faith formation of those in their classes or groups. The curriculum they use is important and necessary, but it is only a tool to help the teachers and leaders in their task of guiding learners into the marvelous, mysterious truths of God’s mighty acts, past and present, for salvation of humankind. … Read More

The New Atheists: What are they saying, and what do we need to hear?

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

By now you have almost certainly heard of the “New Atheists.” Their scathing attacks on religious belief have been making headlines regularly over the last few years. While a number of writers have published books that disparage faith and endorse atheism, four have gained the title “the New Atheists:” Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Of the four, Sam Harris is arguably the most popular in the United States. He was unknown … Read More