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Error in Winter 2010 Leader's Guide Posted: Dec 02, 2010 Dear Users of The Brink Leader's Pack, Let me begin by saying thank you to those of you that use The Brink Leader's Pack to lead your group of twentysomethings in Bible study. We work hard to produce curriculum that is grammatically and biblically accurate, so you can trust what you're using to teach. However, we made a mistake in the Winter 2010-11 Brink Leader's Guide, in week 1 (titled "Miraculously Common"). In the Learn section, under point #4, we made the statement (referring to Elijah) that reads "He was the last of the Old Testament prophets." As you know, Elijah was not the last Old Testament prophet, although he is considered by many to be a very prominent one.
Opinions: Christians and Social Justice Posted: Oct 26, 2010 Should Christians be involved in social justice? Why or why not?
Bebo Norman Q/A Posted: Mar 05, 2010 I had the chance to interview Bebo a few months ago for The Brink magazine. That interview will be coming out in this Summer's issue. We had leftover material that didn't really fit with the theme we went with. Here is that material. It's a very rough edit (especially on the last question and answer). I thought it might be cool for you to read it exactly as we spoke, which is code for "I'm lazy and don't want to make it sound pretty." So without further adieu, here's the interview with Bebo.
How to Know God's Will (Part 2) Posted: Nov 11, 2009 Some have said that finding God's will is difficult to do. I don't think it has to be that way. This is the second part of things to keep in mind when looking for God's will. (I'm thinking there will probably be four parts to this.) The first part was that God's will does not contradict the Bible. The second important thing to remember is to listen to the Spirit of God. After the following introductory thoughts, I tried to make the rest of it flow like a conversation where I anticipate a question that might come to your mind. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments section and I'll do my best to find an answer for you. I didn't hear much about the Holy Spirit growing up. I think some Christians have been scared to talk about Him in fear of being labeled something they didn't want to be. So as a result, He gets neglected. Or at least our understanding of His role in our life does. But if we want to understand the Bible and the nature of God, we have to understand the significance the Holy Spirit plays in the story of God. And if you want to know God's will (essentially, hear Him), then it would greatly benefit you to know and at least partly understand one of the main methods in which God speaks.
How to Know God's Will (Part 1) Posted: Nov 09, 2009 Knowing God's will has been the number one question in my mind since I have been a believer. It just doesn't seem to go away. It applies in a ton of different circumstances. What should my job be? Should I go to graduate school? Where should I go to graduate school? Who should I marry? Are we ready to have kids? It's good to want to know God's will. It means you're concerned about what He wants with your life. That's a really great thing. However, it's sometimes tough to know what God's will is. I don't think it has to be as tough as we make it out to be. I'm not saying it's simple. I'm just saying it's not as mysterious as we might think. I haven't had a ton of experiences with looking for God's will (I'm only 24). But the few that I've had have been memorable and impactful. I hope you find this beneficial. So here's the first part of this and what I think is a very important component a lot of people overlook in finding God's will.
Question of the Week: Pledging Posted: Sep 22, 2009 Do you think it's OK for Christians to pledge to a sorority or fraternity at a secular college? Why or why not? What are the benefits or detriments?
Tim Tebow: Faith and Football Posted: Sep 10, 2009 We got the chance to have a short conversation with Tim Tebow, Quarterback of the national champions University of Florida, about his faith and a little about football. Brink: Tell us a little about your upbringing. Tim: People are sometimes surprised to know that I was home-schooled. Actually, all of the kids in my family were [home-schooled]. I think it made us closer and learn to appreciate each other more. We're all very close friends and I think this was a large part of that.
Question of the Week: Twitter Posted: Aug 31, 2009 This week's question of the week is: "Is it OK to tweet during church?" Post your responses below. Yours may be read on next week's podcast, FYI.
Connecting Generations Posted: Aug 06, 2009 I think a lot about the differences between generations. Twentysomethings are different than their parents. Take my dad as an example. He just does not understand why I would rather text him than call him. He'll call me and leave a voice mail. I eventually check it and text him back. He texts me back and says, "Call me." So I finally call him. He asks me a question like "Are you and Lynsey (my wife) coming to dinner Sunday?" I'm thinking, "Why didn't you just text me that question?" He's thinking, "Why don't you just answer you phone?"