Taught or Caught

Thinking back across many years of teaching I am reminded that much of what sticks with a learner is not what was “taught” standing behind the lectern or in front of a class; but what was “caught” in conversations over a cup of coffee or modeled for others to observe. I have often said “the best teaching is caught, not taught.”  At Brentwood Baptist we often talk about “Doing Life Together”. Most think of this design as a way to...

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Doing Life Together

One of the neglected opportunities for Spiritual Growth is “Doing Life Together.” This simplistic statement reminds us that Spiritual Formation is rooted in relationship with God and one another. Brentwood Baptist holds this value high and has incorporated it as one of our Five-Year Objectives – Make our Big Church Function and Feel Smaller. This objective challenges us to “become a church of meaningful relationships where people know, love, serve, hold accountable, and care for one another.” This organic objective...

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Effective Teaching

This week I have found myself in several discussions focusing on effective teaching. These conversations drove me back to a work by William R. Yount entitled Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching. This work focuses on (1) The teacher as Dynamic Synergist (2) The Teacher as Instructor (3) The Teacher as Educational Manager and (4) The Teacher as “Minister”. In this work Dr. Yount points out that there are three systems of learning. He calls these...

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Crisis and Celebration

Lost. Just saying the word brings crisis. My mind immediately races back in time and remembers the trauma of losing my teaching Bible. Yes, the one with years of notes and well-scripted outlines. This Bible was given to me when I accepted the call into full-time ministry and had become a trusted teacher, friend, and ministry partner. For months, I searched my office, home, car, and the rooms where I taught. I literally searched the same spaces again and again...

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The Garden

One of my joys this summer has been the opportunity to join a wonderful group of “green thumb” gardeners in the BBC Missions Garden. This “community garden” has been a delightful way to meet new friends and engage in un-hurried conversations about beans, bugs and the stuff of life. The added benefit will include a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash for my family, friends and others that enjoy fresh produce. Several area ministries receive produce from the garden...

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