Category Archives: Jesus for Profit

AWANA—Where is it headed?

I had thought that Awana was solely interested in teaching the Bible to children. I’ve posted some sites (and comments) related to Awana and/or their ministries for you to research and see what you think. There is much more that could be posted, but this is a start.

1. Worldview, Research/Statistics,
Transforming, Spiritual Formation


My Comment

Look for these words as you look at the links, read the book blurbs, excerpts, and Awana’s goals. There is a major focus on (Biblical) Worldview and research/statistics. Research and man’s words seem to have authority with them, and have apparently, in their worldview, created a need for materials other than the Bible.

“Biblical Worldview” is a set of morals/rules that are superimposed or taught, instead of teaching the Bible, and letting the Holy Spirit work through God’s Word in a person’s life.

2. Rorheim Institute

My Comment

Why does Awana, which has taught the kids Bible for years, keep referring to “worldview”? I counted 9 references to “worldview”—5 included the word “biblical”. “Transforming” is also mentioned. Are they saying the Bible isn’t enough, and Awana will provide what you need?

Rorheim Vision: Four Pillars of Children’s Ministry

Shepherding Parents
Sharing Christ with Kids
Rock-Solid Kids
Rock-Solid Teacher

My Comment

where did the four pillars come from?

3. Rorheim’s Leadership Training Center

“The Leadership Training Center is a four-year certification program that trains you in a biblical worldview and develops your ministry skills…”

Required Courses
At each certificate level, four courses are required: one that focuses on ministry, one that works to develop your biblical worldview…

Foundation Level – Year 1
Cornerstone Level – Year 2
Pillar Level – Year 3
Keystone Level – Year 4

My Comment

Where did the levels idea come from? Also there are a number of references to “worldview”.

Leadership Training Center materials for
Awana Ministry Conference Workshops

My Comment

Again worldview is a big buzzword. Their approach is that parents need their help; reading the Bible and growing in their Christian walk is not enough.

4. Rorheim Institute’s
Perspectives on Children’s Spiritual Formation

5. Rock Solid Teacher: Discovering the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus

My Comment

This book uses NIV, KJV, The Message, NASB, NKJV, NLT; We aren’t Jesus. I like this quote from Andrew Murray’s sermon:
With Christ in the School of Prayer

“‘…Lord, teach us to pray.’ None can teach like Jesus, none but Jesus; therefore we call on Him, `LORD, teach us to pray.’ A pupil needs a teacher, who knows his work, who has the gift of teaching, who in patience and love will descend to the pupil’s needs. Blessed be God! Jesus is this and much more. He knows what prayer is. It is Jesus, praying Himself, who teaches to pray. He knows what prayer is…By His Holy Spirit, He has access to our heart, and teaches us to pray by showing us the sin that hinders the prayer, or giving us the assurance that we please God…” Continue reading

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Rethink Conference: Where’s Jesus?

Check out this conference!

http://www.rethinkconference.com

Check out the speakers and the goal of the conference!

At rethink we’ve purposely gathered a group of speakers you wouldn’t necessarily hear at a Christian conference. Our aim is to bring together a cross-section of the key leaders in today’s culture so we can grapple with what’s truly happening in our world.

Throughout the conference, you’ll hear from both Christian leaders and from leaders in media, technology, industry, politics, and business. These speakers are all at the top of their spheres of influence. They know what’s happening now, and what’s coming down the highway. The strategy is to learn from a group of top thinkers and implementers to understand the tools and techniques of effectiveness.

Speakers:
Dr. Robert H. Schuller, Dr. Henry Cloud
Erwin McManus, Dr. John Townsend
Larry King, Mark Mittelberg
George Barna, John Ortberg
Rupert Murdoch, Nancy Ortberg
George Herbert Walker Bush, Sr., Dr. Les Parrott
Charles Colson, H. B. London, Jr.
Dan Kimball, Kay Warren
Lee Strobel, Dr. Ben Carson
Gary Smalley, George Foreman

Check out the cost for one person.

Super early bird—thru 9/28/2007— $299

Early Bird—thru 11/30/2008—$349

Regular price: $369

From the BOOK

“Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
—1 Corinthians 1:20

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.”—1 Corinthians 2:6

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”—1 Corinthians 3:19

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord.)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.—Ephesians 5:6-11

George Barna—Part 3

I thought it would be interesting to see several organizations that take George Barna seriously and use The Barna Group’s research or books as authority.

Awana
The Awana store offers George Barna’s book: Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions. http://store.awana.org/AwanaItemMain.aspx?itemId=019001296

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project®
http://www.thetruthproject.org/whatistruthproject/

The Truth Project quotes from: The Barna Update, “A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person’s Life,” December 1, 2003. TTP uses Barna’s information to validate the need of their 12 DVDs which the site claims will “counter this slide within the body of Christ.” (See my first post, Where is Truth?)

Rethink Conference
George Barna is one of the speakers at a Rethink Conference hosted by Schuller at his Crystal Cathedral, Jan. 17-18, 2008.

We don’t need Transformation Books, Truth Project DVDs, or Rethink Conferences.

We just need THE BOOK

[Jesus said] “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”—John 6:63

“…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”—Act 17:11

George Barna and The Barna Group Part 2

I was going to discuss Transforming Your Children into Spiritual Champions and Think Like Jesus, two of the 35 books that George Barna of the The Barna Group has written. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=AboutGeorge

However, In researching information for this post, I was so blown away by two articles of George Barna, and the title and cover of his current book that I have opted to give you links to the posts, and the books, and let you the reader see what you think.

Some of the phrases/words that raised major red flags for me

advancing the kingdom of God
Spiritual Champions
Based on years of research
transformation/transforming
developing a (biblical) worldview
Spiritainment
Spiritual revolution
The Viper Strategy
Transformational Church Network
Revolutionary

Posts by George Barna

New Directions

Good News is Coming

Books by George Barna

Transforming children into Spiritual Champions

Think like Jesus

Revolutionary Parenting

GOD has wisdom for us in HIS BOOK

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:21–23

“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.”—Psalm 25:4

Teach, Think, or Lead Like Jesus

Or Jesus for Profit
Would you like to Think Like Jesus, Lead Like Jesus, or Teach Like Jesus?

Authors and promoters of “—like Jesus” books, seminars, and products are very willing to help you learn to do things like Jesus. They have created and solved a problem which only they or their products can solve; bypassing the Bible and making themselves rich.

To them, Jesus is a great teacher, a great leader and administrator, and a way to make money, but not the Saviour of mankind.

“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…”—2 Peter 2:3

Jesus the Saviour sends His Holy Spirit to believers to guide and direct them through His Word. Jesus is our wisdom to be what He wants us to be…not what we think we want to be like.

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you…”—1 John 2:27

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”—John 15:4

Also from the BOOK:

“…your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:5

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
—Hebrews 12:2

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
—Luke 9:23

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Matthew:29,30

I want Jesus to lead me; I like where He is taking me:

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”—Revelation 7:17

Where is Truth?

The Truth Project site: thetruthproject.org is endorsed by
James Dobson and Ravi Zacharias.

Does this site tell you that Jesus is the Truth or that you can find the Truth by reading the Bible? I didn’t find it there.

Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6

No 12 one-hour DVDs expounding on some man’s agenda, and making him money.

No paying for workshops or conferences and travel expenses to get there.

What does Jesus say in the BOOK which is available to everyone?

“‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'”—John 8:31,32