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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Discussion Topics??

I "teach" an adult Sunday School class at my church. I despise the term "Sunday School" and I use the word "teach" very loosely because I much prefer to think that I lead a discussion. The thing is, a while back my co-teacher resigned leaving the bulk of the responsibility to me. I do have one man who will help out in a pinch but I am in BAD need of an extended break and it doesn't seem that I'm going to get one anytime soon.

The thing is, I'm fresh out of ideas for discussion so I thought I'd ask the folks who read here ... what would be some topics that could spark some interesting discussion? We're a pretty open bunch who are not afraid to disagree, so go for it.


hallga77 said...


There is a song Hoka Hey, Lakotas by Chris LeDoux. I haven't heard it but from the lyrics it's about the battle at Little Big Horn.

hallga77 said...

How about discussion of books, stories, songs, movies etc. that align with biblical or spiritual themes.


BJ said...

Here are a few quick ideas, though the possibilities are endless:

1) Have everyone share their favorite passages and why they are important to them.

2) Talk about what it means to BE the Church. How do we get from here to there?

3) Have different people share their testimonies. Highlight God's faithfulness, His protection, His love, His care, His daily provisions

I like that you don't call yourself a teacher. I used to think of myself as a facilitator of discussion. The Holy Spirit is the teacher. May He use you mightily!

Gary Means said...

Do a study on the Matthew 5:3. What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be poor in Spirit?

Blessed = makarios
Makarios: a godlike contentment, lacking nothing. This state cannot be disrupted by any. The person is genuinely happy and fulfilled. If this is "blessed" then I don't know many blessed people.

Poor = penes
Penses:"a person who endlessly drudges to eke out a bare, marginal existence. Slaves and unskilled laborers lived in a state of penes. There is no excess in their lives, no rainy day resources to fall back on when misfortune strikes. They toil each day for the day's scanty bread, and arise the next morning to do the same thing all over again."

Poor = ptoches
Ptoches: Hopelessly destitute, starving, beggarly. Everything has been taken from her, and she finds herself on the streets, abjectly dispossessed of life's essentials, sunk in miserable squalor and utterly dependent on whatever bits of food strangers toss her way. The horror of ptoches is emphasized in its root, ptossein, a verb meaning 'to cower or crouch'. Persons who are in ptoches has fallen over the margin of survival and cower in absolutet deprivation. Their life is a curse."

Jesus used the latter term when He said "poor in spirit" (ptochoi tou pneumati).

This is from "Soul Wilderness" by Kerry Walters.

Despite the name of my blog, I am not poor in spirit. And I don't think it's a state that I would ever enter into willingly. I think it's a place God can bring us into, but only if we follow Him there.

What does it mean to be blessed according to American culture, according to the Evangelical subculture, according to people around the world, to the people at Pine Ridge, to the people in Haiti? What is our perspective on being poor in Spirit? What is spiritual brokenness? What leads us there? What prevents it? What is our attitude toward it? What do other faiths think about the concept of spiritual brokenness? Does asceticism or pietism become a substitute for spiritual brokenness? How does spiritual pride get in the way of spiritual brokenness? What makes us blind to our unwillingness to allow God to break us? Does God really want to break us? If so, why? If not, what does He want to do? Does He want to bless us? Then why does He bring these two concepts together in this verse?

There's a quick brain-dump. It's a class I'd like to sit in. But not a class that I'd like to teach.

So, there's my cheery suggestion.

David Cho said...

What does it mean to get past "milk" and move onto "solid food" in our study of God's Word.

For most of my Christian life, I have always thought that theological and doctrinal sophistication amount to "solid food."

As a new believer, you may say, "Jesus love me." But if you have consumed solid food, you should articulate it better.

Jesus (insert fancy theological term) (insert another fancy theological term) (insert another one, but it must have at least 15 syllables) (and this one has to be in Latin. Say it with a Latin accent) (quote a fundamentalist preacher) blah blah blah.

Shouldn't grown adults who eat solid food act like grown adults? The mindset like the above kept me an infant with a big mouth.

So that would be a great topic to discuss. I have no answer myself, but doctrinal sophistication accompanied by arrogance ain't it.