Relational Wisdom

Relational Wisdom

Why do some people seem to have closer and more enduring friendships and marriages than others?

Relational wisdom, in essence, is the ability to live out Jesus’ two Great Commandments, namely, to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

As you learn these skills, you can experience stronger relationships and fewer conflicts in the home, church, and workplace, as well as improving team-building, job performance, and a more credible witness for Christ.

Grace Theological College will be hosting a Relational Wisdom seminar in September 2017.

In Auckland, the seminar will be held on Friday 29th of September (7:30 – 9pm) and Saturday 30th of September (9am – 12noon).

The cost is $10 per attendee and registrations can be made to Geoff MacPherson via email or phone.  Alternate contact details can be viewed here.

thad jamesDr. Thad James, Jr. will be facilitating the seminar.  Dr. James is a professor and vice-president at Birmingham Theological Seminary.

For more information about the seminar, and the key relational skills Dr. James will seek to impart, download a detailed .pdf file here – Relational Wisdom.

 

Gospel and Culture

[23/06/2016]

Gospel and Culture

The gospel…is always mysterious and even dangerous to cultures that want to maintain their uneasy bargains with sin – whether those bargains take the form of tribalism or individualism, collectivism or consumerism…Christendom is always purchased at the price of a reduced gospel that all too often reduces the cross to a piece of jewellery

andy crouch


Andy Crouch
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Culture Marking: Recovering our Creative Calling.
Downers Grove, IL: IVP. 2008.

 


Of this book Amazon.com offers the following synopsis:

2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Named one of Publishers Weekly’s best books of 2008 (religion category) It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided “culture wars.” But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making. Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. He guards against naive assumptions about “changing the world,” but points us to hopeful examples from church history and contemporary society of how culture is made and shaped. Ultimately, our culture making is done in partnership with God’s own making and transforming of culture. A model of his premise, this landmark book is sure to be a rallying cry for a new generation of culturally creative Christians. Discover your calling and join the culture makers.

A Youth Ministry Seminar

Grace Theological College has the privilege of hosting a half day seminar on the Who/Where/What/Why/How of Youth Ministry in the local church.

Grace Theological CollegeThe seminar will be led by Jim French, Vice-Principal at Youthworks Theological College, Sydney. (www.youthworks.edu.au) Jim lectures in Youth & Young Adults Ministry, New Testament and Old Testament Exegesis.

Jim is keen to find out the lay of the land in regards youth ministry in our local churches, and to help us build up biblical models of this work. He is an engaging speaker, and well experienced in both youth ministry and training other youth ministers.

There is no cost involved with this seminar.

When:

Friday 13th May  

9.30am-1pm

Where:

Grace Theological College

75 Rogers Road, Manurewa      

RSVP:

By Friday 8th May

Gareth Jones at garethandlalisonjones@gmail.com