n Romans 11, Paul uses an analogy that is striking when placed in context of the diversity of denominations, and sects of denominations, and subsets of sects. He talks of an olive tree with many branches. Some of the branches are natural, and others are grafted onto the root. They grow side by side and should produce good fruit. Now, Paul is referring to the inclusion of the Gentiles in God’s story...
Marketers have become expert at presenting their products and services as welcome news. “Good news! This product is now on sale!” or “Good news! We’re better than the competition.” Sometimes they’re telling the truth, but sometimes not, and it is the “not” times that have made our world cynical about messages of good news, even the good news of our faith.
Last week, we focused on one important aspect of the way of Jesus, that is, the way of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace who brings a kingdom of peace and calls those who follow him to the way of peace. That post pointed out that peace is not merely an end/destination but also the way that end/destination is achieved. The destination is the journey.
Last week, we introduced a new series of articles focused on practices within the Kairos Community. Over the next three weeks, we will take a closer look at practicing the way of Jesus by exploring peace as a way of being. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” .” ~ Romans 16:20 I can hear some of you singing the church camp song already.
Today, we continue our series on a “New Way of Being” by turning our attention toward the Kairos community. All learning happens in community. In Kairos, the local community in which a student lives and works is the primary community that gives form, shape, and direction to a student’s journey of discipleship. However, they are all also part of a global community.
As we engage in our call to steward followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations for the sake of the world, we do so with the recognition that high-quality educational journeys must be developed with care. To help us achieve this goal, we embrace the following quality framework. As a series of cascading interests, the quality framework has four key points.
This book on the psalms came out of a recognition of the loss for many of the importance of the psalms. The book (along with my earlier book: A God Who Comes Near) was written to reawaken awareness of the beauty of the psalms and their ability to speak with relevance to our contemporary culture, a generation in danger of losing the psalmist’s voice.
We have been looking at the principles and practices of competency-based theological education (CBTE) and how those play out within Kairos. This week, we will begin our look at the practice of using a quality framework. Today is a brief overview of the concept of a quality framework and how it works. Next week, I will share the framework itself.
As we continue talking about the organizational practices that support competency based theological education, our focus for today is on continuous improvement. When a school is following the principles and practices, the opportunity to evaluate and improve their various programs and processes is much greater than normal.
As children we are taught to share. We share toys, time with loved ones, and take turns on things like swings and playground equipment. Learning to share is often a very difficult process because we struggle to fully understand the concept. Take, for example, an experience I had with my two little girls when they were four and two years old.