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Thursday Book Club: Collaborate

Collaborate, Family + Church by Michael Chanley + the group of 34, (Minister’s Label, 2010).

On the back cover of Collaborate, there are pictures of the many authors connected via a web of relationships to the project’s initiator and editor, Michael Chanley.  This is because the Collaborate book project  flows from Michael’s passion to connect.  The book, which is published by Minister’s Label, is not about Michael’s personal philosophy of family ministry.  Rather, it is a collaboration of 35 ministers, teachers, leaders, and thinkers that blends their ideas for connecting family and church.   As the web on the back hints, the book is not written as a linear or logical argument (unless you count alphabetical order by each chapter author’s first name).  Rather, it reads as a loose collection of essays about family ministry.

As a linear thinker, I found myself wanting a reference guide to help me remember where to find the ideas in the book when I’m thinking through these issues in the future.  So, instead of writing a traditional review, I’m taking the time to write out a short reference guide (below).  Is this helpful?  What do you think?  Would you organize this differently?  I’d love to hear if you’d put chapters in a different place.  I’d love to hear from the authors especially. Continue Reading…

Collaborate, Family + Church

Collaborate, Family + Church is a new book edited by Michael Chanley, my friend and Parenting Minister at Southeast Christian Church, which is located here in Louisville, KY.  I am super thankful for Michael.  I’m thankful for his example and friendship, and I’m glad that we serve in the same city. Louisville is blessed to have him.

Michael has a strong desire to equip Louisville parents to raise their children in a Biblical way, and he is passionate about connecting leaders who have something to contribute to the family ministry movement.  He has created CM Connect, a social networking platform for children’s ministry leaders that currently has over 6,000 members.  The Collaborate book project also flows out of Michael’s passion to connect.  The book, which is published by Minister’s Label, is not about Michael’s personal philosophy of family ministry.  Rather, it is a collaboration of 35 ministers, teachers, leaders, and thinkers that blends their ideas for connecting family and church.

Michael firmly believes that we can all learn from one another, and his book vividly demonstrates this philosophy.  For this week’s Thursday book club, I’ll review Collaborate.  I’ve learned a lot from the book, and I think that other family ministers will as well.

I received a complimentary copy of Collaborate from Minister’s Label as part of the book blog tour.  This did not affect my opinion of the book in one way or another.

New Children’s Book: “Our Home is like a Little Church”

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen our new children’s book, Our Home is like a Little Church.  I’m really excited to show you a video that my friend Tony Kummer at Ministry-To-Children.com helped us to create earlier this week.   Here it is:

Our Home is like a Little Church was written to teach preschool children the Christian doctrine of the home as a “little church” where the father teaches his family God’s commands and leads them to worship the one true God.  It is now available to pre-order from Amazon.com and the Westminster Bookstore (where you can get it at 20% off).  The book has been published by Christian Focus Publications.

Thursday Book Club: Values for Education

Daniel J. Estes, Hear, My Son: Teaching & Learning in Proverbs 1-9, (Inter-Varsity Press, 1997), 174 pages.

Estes’ second chapter unpacks values for education.  He gives four values:

1.  Wisdom is skillful living within God’s ordered world.  Ultimately this is found not merely in doing what appears to be wise but in fearing God and shunning evil (Proverbs 9:10).  When we teach, we must teach for response, because the Scriptures value more than mere knowledge.  Knowing is not enough.  It must be put into practice.

2. Teachability is the humble willingness to accept instruction both from God and human teachers.  As Estes states, “Rejection of instruction is a degenerative condition that leads to scoffing and folly” (46).  Proverbs presents three kind of unteachable people.  The simple love their simple ways, because they don’t possess the knowledge necessary to make wise decisions.  Mockers despise wisdom because they take pleasure in tearing down what they don’t accept.  Fools have settled into a fixed pattern of antagonism against the Lord’s way of wisdom.

3. Righteousness. The righteous man conforms to God’s wise standards.  “Wisdom declares in Proverbs 8:13 that to fear Yahweh is to hate evil in all of its forms.  Because Yahweh is righteous, reverence for him necessarily entails both embracing what is righteous and rejecting what is unrighteous” (50-51).

4.  Life is substantial, meaningful existence within God’s world.  On the one hand, this can be seen as a value for education in Proverbs.  On the other hand, it can be seen as the reward which comes to those who esteem the first three values.   Life in the Lord must be valued above all other counterfeits.

This is why, as Christians, we must value Jesus in our education.  He is our wisdom, righteousness, and life.  And only he can make us humble and teachable.

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