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Ed Jordan: Catching the Ball

Is a pitched baseball active or passive? Some would say it is passive because it plays no role in its delivery. Others would say that it is active, because it is moving, perhaps changing direction, and has a specific purpose.

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KLI: Encouraging, Training Young Leaders in Ministry

Last month, ten young adults from across Virginia gathered in the Outer Banks for the 2018 Kairos Leadership Initiative (KLI) Retreat. KLI identifies and develops emerging leaders active in BGAV-sponsored-and-supported collegiate ministries and churches by immersing them in one year of in-depth leadership training. Each year these young leaders gather for three retreats, participate in coaching and mentoring, and read to help them discover their identities in Christ, consider their vocational calling, and live out these things in their contexts.

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Tony Brooks: Two Dangers Teachers Face

Lately I have been doing some classical reading on Christian education as I have reviewed parts of Dr. Findley Edge’s Teaching for Results. In the beginning he mentions two dangers teachers face that can easily be overlooked because they are so subtle and affect us over time.

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Journée Scientific (Scientific Day) at the Source of Light Center

Scientific Day at Ecole Source de Lumière (Source of Light Center, Haiti) was a day of lessons and celebrations showcasing what the students have learned this year in school. Although it is called Scientific Day, the students presented on a wide variety of topics. They worked with peers to present on subjects they had been researching and learning in order to share their knowledge.

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Ed Jordan: Achieving Our Dreams

Dreams are not fulfilled merely by wishful thinking; they are fulfilled through dreaming, planning specific steps to move us toward completion, and then hard work and commitment to fulfill the dream one segment at a time.

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Engaging Internationally at Camp Piankatank

A number of years ago, a gentleman emailed me from South Korea about the possibility of sending his daughter to Camp Piankatank. After communicating back and forth several times, we eventually worked it out so she could come to camp for a couple of weeks. Myungsu always said that he wanted to get more Korean students to come, but it was difficult and presented many challenges.

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Happy 195th Birthday, BGAV!

Today marks the 195th birthday of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. It was June 7, 1823 at Second Baptist Church in Richmond where 15 delegates gathered for the first meeting.

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Will Cumbia: Baptism

This brief swim in an Alpine lake brings with it heavy consequences. And every single person standing in that line enthusiastically proclaimed yes. For them Jesus, and this new family of God, are enough.

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Ed Jordan: Life is But a Swim

One of my favorite books is The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier by Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby. It really is a great book, even if the title leaves you saying: “Really?” It was written in 1995, and change and me have a long history—which isn’t over yet.

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Engaging Internationally at Camp Piankatank

A number of years ago, a gentleman emailed me from South Korea about the possibility of sending his daughter to Camp Piankatank. After communicating back and forth several times, we eventually worked it out so she could come to camp for a couple of weeks. Myungsu always said that he wanted to get more Korean students to come, but it was difficult and presented many challenges.

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