Monday, March 05, 2007

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

HERE IS THE ARTICLE
I just got done reading the new tothesource article I get each week and a comment of mine was highlighted in this weeks article from an article last week. In relation to anchors away there seems to be some good material in this article. click on the article to see what it says about the upcoming movie "Accepted"

Friday, April 07, 2006

We just wanted to provide some answers for several of the recent news stories that are blatant attacks on Christianity and the Bible. In case you hadn't heard, the Gnostic Gospel of Judas has made a big splash over the last couple of days. Secular scholars and skeptics are coming out and saying that this casts doubt over the biblical account of Judas. Notice that they are more than happy to jump on the bandwagon with something like this that is from the third or fourth century. They have 9 pages of it and this somehow is supposed to be able to overcome the 24,000+ documents that we have supporting the New Testament that date back to within 25 years of the original writings. Refer to your lesson on "Is the Bible reliable" for more information and you can also read an article on this subject at www.aomin.org.

Another attack has come in the form of a new "transitional fossil". The title of "Fossil shows how fish made leap to land" could be seen on the AP article 4/7/06. You can go here http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0406fishin.asp to read some preliminary thoughts relating to this supposed evidence for evolution. Read the AP article and notice all of the words like "probably, may have, might have, etc." Make sure that you provide answers to the issues for your students. These issues are in their faces. God Bless - Anchors Away Ministry Team

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Is anyone familiar with yu-gi-oh? We did the lesson on Satan tonight and some of the kids had questions. Do you know any good resources or websites that have information? Thanks

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Anchors Away
We got some good mileage out of downloading some photos of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University and inserting them in the power point presentation as review items. We showed 4 pictures of the Wexner which is a great postmodernist building and also some of that postmodern building here at MIT. (They are both on the internet.) Then we read this quote from Josh McDowell's book "Evidence that Demands...." Chp. 34:

"A friend of mine told me that when Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias visited Columbus to speak at Ohio State Uniiversity, his hosts took him to visit the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wexner Center is a citidel of postmodern architecture. It has stairways leading nowhere, columns that come down but never touch the floork beams and galleries going everywhere, and a crazy-looking exposed girder system over most of the outside. Like most of postmodernism, it defies every canon of common sense and every law of rationality.
Zacharias looked at the building and cocked his head. With a grin he asked, "I wonder if they used the same techniques when they laid the foundation?"
His point is very good. It's one thing to declare independence from reality when building a monument. It's another thing when we hve to come into contact with the real world. (McCallum, "The Real Issue")

It was an effective way to look at the whole postmodernist viewpoint as it manifests itself in another arena - art/architecture.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

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TNIV translation - does anyone have some info on this new translation - comparison details, etc.?
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We are adding something new to our small groups this week, in an effort to get the kids articulating more and using the information they learn in class. We are using Josh McDowell's book - "Don't Check Your Brains At The Door". We selected 3 statements such as: "Real Christians do not have doubts" ; "You can't tell me what is right and wrong! You can't push your morals off on me. Just because it's wrong for you doesn't mean it's wrong for me!" ; "The Bible is a book of myth and legend." that could be said by a room-mate in college; a coworker or a teacher. We typed each statement in large bold print on a separate sheet of paper. The small group leaders hold up the statement - the group has 1 to 2 minutes to think quietly about a response - then we encourage all students to offer a brief response to the statement that they might actually use if the situation arose. After everyone has a chance to give a response - then the whole group continues building a sort of role playing response toward the statement together. We give each student, at the end of the discussion, a copy of the short chapter response in Josh's book. (We reduced the short answer chapters so they would fit on one side of a page for easier distribution and appearance.) ("The Bible is a book of myth" quote - chapter 12 / "You can't tell me what is right..." quote - Chapter 18/ ""Real Christian don't doubt" quote - Chapter 26)

Monday, March 20, 2006

We had a fun worldview game time before the formal class this past Sunday. We had pizza and meatball subs (provided by a supportive women's bible study that is praying for this group). We started by doing a kind of Jeopardy team - Guess the Worldview competition. We used Steffen's ICONS program and selected 5 questions and wrote the questions on large envelopes; in the envelopes we had index cards with quotes written on them from different worldviews answering the question. One team would select a question for the other team; the team would reach in the envelope and pull out a card - the moderator (me) would read the quote, the team had to work together looking through their workbooks to identify the worldview the quote expressed. If they guessed, their team got a point, if they were wrong the other team had a crack at guessing the same quote. For the second part of the game, we made it a free for all team competition with bells they would ring when their team had an answer. It was really great - and they demonstrated a tremendous improvement over the 40 minutes in identifying the views quickly. They really got into it. It took me some time to make - but now I have it for use other years with other groups. And it was a very effective teaching tool. After that game, we pulled out boxes of old magazines and they had 20 minutes to find as many ads, articles, pictures, etc that projected a worldview they could identify. The girls liked this better than the boys - but the boys had very clever results ( a gorilla face they said would soon be human and that was naturalism!) At anyrate we ran over time and into the class by 30 minutes and the seniors who got there for the class were sorry they had not come earlier. It really was a great bonding time. The class had a great deal of participation and interaction considering it was the lesson on the trinity and divinity of Christ!

I have two clever cartoons I found in the local paper that we used in the first two classes - one is a cartoon with a hiker climbing to a mountain ledge - on the ledge sits a guru - The hiker sits down and says, "No kidding, the meaning of life is twizzlers?" (We used this to introduce the worldviews lesson. We now have twizzlers in bowls at each class for a laugh.) The other one shows a fellow at the gates of heaven - and the gate keeper is standing in front of a cloud of mine fields - the man says, "No one ever told me it would be like this!" ( We used this to introduce the deadly questions.) If you would like a copy of these to use in your group , let me know - we put it into the power point presentation in the first and second class to break up the visuals.
Does anyone else have cartoons that make an interesting point related to worldviews, etc?

We see God providing weekly- right down to the boxes of magazines - I went to a local library and asked if they had any old magazines - she said that she had just boxed up 6 boxes for recycling -- there they were right at the door for me to carry out ( all great selections from the past 6 months).

We have 14 students signed up - but have 8-10 coming regularly.