Monthly Archives: November 2012

Changing worldviews is about “rewriting” (or “renarrating”) the meaning of one’s life. If we are to renarrate our lives in light of what God has revealed Himself doing through Jesus Christ, immersion in the overarching plan of God revealed in Scripture (and best conveyed by DBS) is essential!

From the Desk of John King

Now that we have taken a couple of weeks to survey some basic material you can learn in Sociology and/or Anthropology, let’s consider the value of Discovery Bible Studies in this context. Your sense of identity (Who am I?) impacts your beliefs, which shape your values and these direct your behavior.

That sense of identity arises from the stories that you grow up being told. No, not the occasional stories, but the ones that your parents accepted from their people group and keep passing on to the next generation.

When the creation/redemption story of the Bible shapes your worldview you approach life with crucial beliefs. Yes, you know that there is much brokenness in our world, because the sin of Adam brought long-term effects. But you also know that the God who created pursues people out of his great love and through his amazing grace.

As you walk with Israel…

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I’ve blogged about this article and the topic in general at: http://soulfriend.org/stopping-the-violence-against-women/

Multiply Justice

Sunday, Nov. 25, was observed as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Three of the witnesses we follow posted excellent items on the subject.

At Patheos, Owen Strachan wrote Why Abusive Men Repudiate True Manhood: Letter to an Abusive Husband:

Today, November 25, is  I do not normally blog on Sundays, as faithful readers know. But this is a topic worth addressing, especially because I am on the record as being for manly leadership in home and church.

Let’s address this awful subject this way: if I could talk with a man who was abusing his headship of his home, what would I say? What follows is an attempt toward that end, and ultimately, toward the strengthening of Christian families. This is no mere hypothetical, of course. Abuse happens. Here you see how I as a complementarian, Christ-driven head of home and church would handle…

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Here is how an existing church is allowing Disciple Making/Discovery Bible Study principles undergird and strengthen existing ministries.

Here, Discovery Bible Study is being used as a fundamental strategy for “family ministry” and it becomes the basis of at least weekly “family devotions”. Note how this ministry direction was based on an analysis of the local catchment area demographics.

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