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Discovery and the Inductive Approach

There are two main approaches to Bible study. One is inductive. The other is deductive. Discovery groups work with an inductive approach. They fail when using a deductive approach. The struggle we have in particularly Christian-background cultures is that most seminaries and churches teach a deductive approach to scripture. When this Christian baggage is carried into our Discovery groups, it causes serious problems.

A child shall lead them

I love the simplicity, innocence and eagerness of children. During a training this week, I asked for volunteers – ‘People of Peace’ to be facilitators. Two children – 9 years and 10 years old – volunteered!

I trained them to facilitate the Discovery process in front of the larger group.

O Holy Spaces

holyspHowever, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?” You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” Acts 7:48-51 Why is the Christian world so obsessed with holy spaces?

Potholes Ahead

potholesAt best, a pothole in the road slows you down. At worst it can badly damage your vehicle, cause a breakdown or have you stuck for hours. Either way potholes are a curse. In Africa, we are far too familiar with these road hazards.

On the way to Durban with my family, I decided to take the alternative scenic route. It was a magnificent day and the drive was spectacular. It had snowed across the country the night before. Occasionally we stopped and allowed the children to play in the snow. Then a pothole spoiled the day. On an awkward and dangerous corner, I almost lost control of the vehicle.

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