We have a team in the Dominican Republic this year, with a focus on relationships and spiritual growth. They are spending time doing child sponsorship visits, teaching Vacation Bible School to kids, holding Teen Chats, and doing prayer walks in the community. They do all this while, most importantly, sharing the Good News of the gospel of Jesus. Pray for them, and check below throughout their trip for updates as the team invests in the Dominican Republic!
by Linda Sey
Hearing loss and deafness are largely invisible and isolating disabilities. Those with hearing loss learn at a very young age to mimic, nod, and laugh along, often completely lost as to the details, if not all, of the dialogue darting around them at breakneck speeds. They laugh at jokes they don’t hear (and therefore don’t understand), they nod yes in feigned understanding, wanting to fit in and be accepted, or thinking sincerely they truly did understand, because in reality, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’
“But, deaf people do speech therapy, talk, and learn to be really great lip readers, so it all works out in the end, right?!” Contrary to popular belief, the English language, at best has only 50% (and at worst, 30%) of the phonetic sounds formed and made visible on the speaker’s lips. This means ‘I love you’, ‘olive juice’, and ‘elephant shoes’ appear identically on the lips, as do the phrases ‘you have talent’ and ‘you have salad’.Continue reading Why Sign Language Interpretation at High Point Church?
Find slides from Engage & Equip: LIVE here.
Mirror Jesus in Making Time
Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles
Jesus spent most of His ministry making time for just a few choice others; so should we as we follow Him.
- Cut out
- Use the “3 Year Hindsight” test
- Invite in
- Your life = Gospel + ordinary
…and joy promisedContinue reading Mentoring [Engage & Equip: LIVE]
by Dietrich Gruen, Bridge Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus
Engaging controversial issues from the pulpit is difficult for me, but so is the dilemma faced by many at the dinner table, post-election. Our problem and opportunity are how to talk politics with family and friends who disagree on today’s political flash points. To help in that regard, I shall share wisdom gleaned from several bloggers, family, and holy scripture.
First, to graciously discuss hot topics, get permission to go deeper. When friends & family gather at the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas, keep the food hot and the rhetoric cool. IF more heat than light is being generated, that’s time to back up, read the body language, and get permission to go further. Once you have permission, agree on rules of engagement. You could start with these: Continue reading When your table hosts a divided America
by Dietrich Gruen
Bridges out, roads blocked, businesses closed, basements flooded. One death. Many water rescues by boat, helicopter, and human chains. Untold storage items, basement appliances and family treasures soaked and lost. Lakeside decks and docks float away. Lakes appearing suddenly where there were none the day before. Hundreds of flooded cars ditched in either underground parking or clogging above-ground streets. Continue reading May the worst of times bring out our best