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teaching experientially...

I know my cultural and historical Bible info fairly well and can lead a pretty good Bible study when I have the opportunity to. Right now I'm leading my youth through John, and I want ways to spice it up and do some experiential things. A lot of Bible Studies I have found for youth just take pieces of the Bible and pull things out of it in order to prove a point rather than let the text lead the discussion and that is what my kids want. They haven't had a whole lot of interaction with the Bible as a story, so that's what we're working on. I think one of the things that is wrong with Sunday School in general is that we have the tendency to dumb it down so that kids get it. By the time kids get to youth group they don't know how to think critically about what they are reading. So that's what I'm working towards. Anyone have any ideas, specifically with the book of John?

I'm hopefully getting to a point where I can really start working on visioning for the youth. It excites me because I am completely a big picture person and jumping in and having to deal with the week to week stuff utterly exhausted me. Besides the fact that I just am overly busy.

I completely just got frightened by one of our pastors who came in my office and laughed maniacally. Not cool. Completely derailed my thought process.

Off to go work on stuff for Bible study tomorrow morning. I think I might be in too many Bible studies.
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1 Comments:

I am currently doing a fairly in depth study of John at my blogger site:

http://astirringinthewater.blogspot.com/

What makes mine different is changing the pre-supposition towards one that is progressive and universalist. It's amazing how approaching scripture with different pre-suppositions can change it dramatically. This might be a good exercise to help your group think critically.

By Blogger Kel and Karla, at 10:04 AM  

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