Bridge to Haven – Francine Rivers

All Abra wants is love. She was abandoned by her mother at birth, left under a bridge to die. Her adoptive mother died of a weak heart and her adoptive father gave her up to another family. She seems to live in the shadow of her sister, the biological daughter More »

The Hero’s Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) – Patrick Carr

The Hero’s Lot picks up right where A Cast of Stones left off: with Church leadership in turmoil, a powerful duke making a grab for power, a dying king, and the slow invasion of supernatural forces. Even though the events of book one have left Errol a hero (and an More »

Restless – Jennie Allen

A lot of people live the Christian life like once they become a Christian, they’re just supposed to wait around until they die, then they get the joys of heaven. Others want to live the victorious Christian life, but it feels like the humdrumness of normal life keeps getting in More »

Hope Runs – Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Sammy Ikua Gachagua

Claire Diaz-Ortiz embarks on a dream trip around the world with her best friend. One of the last stops on her trip was Kenya; she planned to climb Mount Kenya and then head back to the States. What she didn’t expect to find was Sammy Ikua Gachagua. Sammy lived in More »

Nightriders – Marc Schooley

It’s the late eighteen hundreds and the Wild West is becoming a little tamer. Post-slavery, the nation turned toward rebuilding and expanding. And expanding meant often meant driving the Indians from their homeland. It was a time of cowboys and outlaws, prejudice and racial pride, injustice and death. The plains More »

The Auschwitz Escape – Joel Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg is best known for his seemingly prophetic political thrillers. Last decade, it seemed as if the man couldn’t write something in his books without a version of it coming true in reality. This decade saw a shift in Rosenberg’s writing. For the past three years, he worked on More »

Love Does

Quite frankly, Bob Goff is a pretty weird guy. Weird in a good way, I guess. Weird in that he’s absolutely committed to loving with the same kind of love that Jesus loves with. Weird in that he’s absolutely heels-over-head excited about the Christianity he’s living. And in Love Does, More »

When Mockingbirds Sing – Billy Coffey

After an unfortunate incident that almost cost Tom Norcross his therapist license, he moves his family away from the city out to the country life of Mattingly. Soon after their arrival, his daughter Leah begins to have conversations with a supposed imaginary friend she calls The Rainbow Man. After receiving More »

Interview with Ted Dekker | Water Walker & A.D. 30

Earlier today, Josh Olds sat down with NYT bestselling novelist Ted Dekker to talk about his recent novel Water Walker and perhaps get him to divulge some details about his upcoming novel A.D. 30. Most authors like to talk about their characters or certain scenes, but for Ted the story is all about More »

God’s Not Dead

When freshman Josh Wheaton winds up in the Philosophy 150 class taught by Professor Radisson, he winds up with a lot more than he bargained for.  The first thing the Professor, a devout atheist, assigns the class is to fill in a paper with the words, “God is Dead.”  Everyone More »


Teaching to Change Lives – Howard Hendricks

As a future pastor/teacher and current sports coach, teaching has been an integral part of my life. I’ve been involved in teaching others since my first coaching job at age 13 and have been trained collegiately on teaching methods and on how to teach Biblically. I’m also always looking at ways to be a better teacher. When it came to teaching the Bible, every professor and scholar I read or learned under all pointed to the same name as their inspiration: Howard Hendricks.

Even though I read Teaching to Change Lives for a class on how to teach Biblically (CHMN 387 from LUO), it quickly became one of those textbooks that will find its greatest use outside the classroom. Within evangelical circles, Howard Hendricks is synonymous with “Christian education” and Teaching to Change Lives gives the reader a brief overview of why.

Nothing about Hendrick’s teaching is all that revolutionary. In fact, Hendrick’s model is based off the very methods and principles Jesus’ used to teach. Such principles are divided into seven chapters to form the acronym TEACHER:

The law of the Teacher – If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow. Hendrick’s core premise is that teachers must never stop learning. Stagnant water stinks meaning a teacher should be vibrant, full of life, and always learning.

The law of Education – The way people learn determines how you teach. This is an important premise because it puts the responsibility on the teacher to teach, not on the learner to learn. That is, each person learns differently, but it should be the teacher who adapts to learning style rather than the student trying to adapt to teaching style.

The law of Activity – Christian education should impact people, transform them, and produce tangible results. Christianity is the most revolutionary force on the planet and yet is often the institution most resistant to change.

The law of Communication – More than just speaking, Hendricks lays forth the case that Christian teachers must form relational bridges that provide weight to their teaching.

The law of the Heart – Teaching must involve more than one’s intellect, but affect intellect, emotion, and volition. It is one personality transformed by the power of supernatural grace reaching out to effect in others the same.

The law of Encouragement – Teaching tends to be most effective if the learner is properly motivated. That is, the smartest person in the world not given reasons for learning something will learn less than the average person with a passion for the subject.

The law of Readiness – Be prepared to teach and prepare your learners to learn. More than just bringing in doughnuts to Sunday School, preparation requires working to develop lesson plans and class assignments.

Overall, these seven principles are ones that I’ve gone over time and time again, both in class and out. It’s definitely positively affected how I teach. Definitely recommended for anyone in any sort of leadership position and a must-have for any church library.


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