Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daily Devotions by Pastor Paul Owens

Pastor Paul Owens' daily devotions include:

  • Verse of the week
  • Prayer of the week
  • Daily Bible Reading
  • Prayer of the Day
  • Catechism Connection
  • Benediction
  • Explanation and clarification

Pastor Paul Owens has prepared these devotions for the Word Alone network.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Movie: Amazing Love

Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea).  Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a major commotion within the group, specifically between her and Carrie. Before it gets too out of hand though, Stuart takes this opportunity to share with the kids the incredibly powerful biblical story of Hosea; a story of immovable faith, impeccable commitment, and impervious love.

This is a good film to introduce a study on the book Hosea.

Reviews of the movie


Book: Meditating Faith

The church struggles with media. 
Whether it is a denomination negotiating the 24 hour news cycle or a church evaluating how Facebook or online games are influencing the youth group, media is raising questions and placing demands on communities of faith in ways that could not have been imagined just 20 years ago. Thus the importance of understanding media for the church has never been greater.   In Mediating Faith, church leaders of all kinds will find Pastor Clint Schnekloth an engaging and insightful guide to this new and sometimes wondrous world. In doing so he offers an evaluation and theological response to the trans-media era that highlights its potential to transform our work and world.   Far from frightening, Schnekloth highlights the opportunities and the riches of this fascinating time. 

Chapters include:
Part One: Emerging Media Contexts and Minority Reports
1. Examining Trans-media Effects
2. Listening to the Quasi-luddites’ Legitimate Laments

Part Two: The Meaty Analysis Section
3. The Effects of Catechumenal Preaching
4. The Effects of MMPRPG’s Procedural Rhetoric
5. More Prosaic Media Forms and Formation

Part Three: The Proposal
6. On Pneumatology and Material Culture
7. Beauty, Eschatology, Sociality: The Way Forward

Book: iPray - a simple prayer book for ministry, mercy and multiplication

Learn how to train men and women to use Prayer for the purposes of Ministry, Mercy and Multiplication.
Actual examples from over a decade of ministry- not theory; see what is actually working in hundreds of churches.
Practical resource taken from the experiences of Jim Buckman, mission strategist who helps churches plant new worshipping communities by using the House Church model and training the Priesthood of the Baptized to work under the supervision of their Pastors.
Prayer is key to building relationships with others.
Jim has found that asking the simple question, "How can I pray for you?" to be very effective in building relationships with others, so that we can share the Gospel.
"How can I pray for you?" is the doorway to learning what really matters to others, providing care that actually want and a transparent way to build a faith focused relationship so that you can share the Good News that in Christ, we have one who always Prays for us.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pastoral Care resources: Responding to Domestic Violence

A Handbook for Pastoral Carers and clergy in responding to domestic violence produced by the Christian Churches of South Australia

Has God abandoned me - for women facing domestic violence from Lutheran Hour Ministries

Faith Trust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.  Their web site provides resources, training, blogs and articles relating to pastoral care to people experiencing domestic or sexual violence.

Paper - What Pastors can do to help victims of domestic violence in the church by Grant L Martin phd

Leadership Journal article - When domestic violence knocks

Huffington Post article - Why pastors struggle with confronting domestic violence

Bible Studies from Abigail's support group

Biblical perspectives on Domestic Violence

What the bible says about domestic violence and abuse