BGAV Blog

Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Discover Reconciliation in the Power of Sunday School/Small Groups

Many of us were saddened, felt anger, and felt compassion about what happened on Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Racism led to terrorist activity, violence, and death. How do we move to a healthier, more spiritual wholeness in our country? I believe Sunday School classes and small groups can help. Here are some ideas:

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Ed Jordan: Neutralizing Bitterness

This is the advice of Hebrews 12:15 (NLT): “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Don’t live in bitterness; let God neutralize and remove it.

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Two Storms, One Family

Volunteers like George continue to serve, and for the Thomas family, their faithful service has impacted generations of the same family.

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Jillian Andrzejewski: Seeing Others as Human

It seems to me that we have forgotten to see each other as human....We have forgotten to see each other as human and as neighbors.

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Via Ethics Daily: Charlottesville Clergy Were Ready Before Deadly Day

EthicsDaily.com hosted a video interview with Rev. Dr. Michael Cheuk, BGAV 2nd-Vice President, about his experiences working with the Charlottesville Clery Collective following this weekend's violence.

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Tony Brooks: Art, Drama, and Sunday School

Whether good or bad, we need visual stimuli as part of our learning. More than ever, we need visual stimuli and arts in all of our classes. Instead of simply stating practical application, we need to share the Biblical story through arts, drama, and storytelling and allow participants to discuss practical application for their lives.

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la revedere

“Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?” – Winne the Pooh. Saying goodbye to Romania was a bitter sweet occasion. Ready to head home and see much missed friends and family; yet, when you are engulfed in hugs, eyes filling with tears, little voices begging you to stay and asking, …

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Ed Jordan: Two Perspectives on Becoming Great

The Bible’s book of Genesis is a book of beginnings. It moves along quickly, starting in Genesis 1, with God creating the universe and everything in it. In this year’s Vacation Bible School, our sixth-grade class members took turns being blindfolded and playing "pin the planet on the solar system," similar to "pin the tail on the donkey" game. The planets ended up all over the place. We talked about the fact that God created the heavens and the earth and put us at just the right distance from the sun, in the right orbit, with the right atmosphere and biosphere that we need, and it was no accident.

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: Religious Freedom in the Colony of Rhode Island

Naturally, the political and religious elite of those colonies frequently criticized Rhode Island’s policy of religious freedom and did so on the grounds that it caused its citizens to be immoral and lawless.  By 1739, one prominent resident of Rhode Island, John Callender, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newport, had had enough of such criticisms and published a history of the colony in which he defended its religious freedom and denied the charges made against its citizens. 

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Learning to Tell the Story: The Fresh Expressions Summer Internship 

Over the summer, I and three other college students rolled up our sleeves help tell the story of how Fresh Expressions of church are taking root across the United States. We talked with leaders from Albany to Anaheim and learned some very important things: while no two fresh expressions of church are alike, they are all engaging people outside the walls of the churches that most of us know and love, they are helping people learn to see themselves the way that God sees them, and they’re loving others the way that God loves.

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Tony Brooks: Determining the Needs through a Survey

We have a lot of people who are in the pew for worship and not in Bible study. Why not ask them what they need from a Bible study and find out how to improve what you are doing for those who do attend?

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School/Small Groups – Developing Community through Fellowship Events

Bob Dale has said many times that “Mission without morale leads to burnout.” Besides reaching people for your Bible study group and working together on service projects, groups must have time for fellowship as well. Every class/group should have a fellowship event at least once a quarter.

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