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.::The Author is There

Posted in church, disciplines, spiritual disciplines, Theology, what matters with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Walter

“The Author of the Bible is always present with his Book. This is not true of any other book in the world. Most authors are dead; and we sometimes regret that we cannot speak to them. But this Author for ever lives, and is for ever present; and, therefore, while we read his written word it is as natural as life sometimes to speak to him on certain subjects as they occur. “Truly, then, our communion is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

–Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger Vol. III no. 1, 1839

This is from Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Stone-Campbell Movement as he writes on Reading Scripture.  I think he taps into something that we overlook far too often when we read scripture–that God is ALWAYS there when we read scripture.  In my Spiritual Disciplines class (and many times in church as well), it seems that at time when we open the text, there is the pall that overcomes the class and a sense of apathy that overcomes us.  Many times when we read scripture we approach it as a chore, boring, or irrelevant.  I also believe that our access to scripture through multiple Bibles, translations, formats, gives us a familiarity with the Bible that lessens our view of it and, as a result, we take it for granted.

We make it work FOR us–instead of letting it work IN us.

I love how Campbell reminds us about WHY scripture is special in that the Author (God) is ALWAYS present in its reading.  Every time we open the Word, God IS there.

  • What if we possessed a perspective that WHEN we read scripture that God IS present?
  • How might that change our perspective on Scripture?
  • What kind of REVERENCE might we bring to the text?
  • How might God’s Holy Presence CHANGE us?
  • What kind of challenges might our souls be confronted with?
  • How REFRESHING might our scripture reading become?
  • How much BIGGER might God become with a perspective like this?


Posted in church, Life, Ministry, Teaching, youth ministry with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by Walter



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An event for Youth Ministers, Youth Workers, Volunteers, Elders, and Church Leaders

Tuesday, October 13th 10:00am-3:30pm

Lipscomb University • Ezell Building • Swang Chapel

It has been said the only thing in life that is constant is change. This is especially true in an economic turndown. Whether you’re managing costs or leading a church, change pushes us beyond what’s comfortable

All change, at root, requires people to behave differently: members of your church need to reach out more enthusiastically to visitors, a shy child needs to become more outgoing, an employee on a production line needs to start looking for ways to save costs. Yet changing behavior is hard, as evidenced by anyone who’s ever tried to start an exercise program or train a teenager. This session will present a framework for changing how people act, even in the toughest circumstances.

We’ll see case studies that include a man who helped solve the malnutrition problem in the poorest of poor Vietnamese villages (without a budget for food), an entrepreneur running a boring technical services business who turned his employees into customer service zealots, a short intervention that reversed the decline in math scores among junior high students at an academically underperforming middle school, and a simple method that dramatically increased food drive donations among a population that had been specially nominated as least likely to donate.

What you will get:

• Get ideas about how to solve problems you face in working with adolescents.
• An understanding of the basic pattern by which change happens in a person.
• Know how to overcome inertia or status quo bias to initiate change.
• Find out how to insulate people against inevitable setbacks.
• A copy of the best-selling book, “Made To Stick”
• Catered Lunch
• All Seminar Materials

headChip Heath has experience serving as a youth ministry volunteer at the Campbell Church of Christ where he is an active member. Chip is the coauthor of the forthcoming book, Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard and the best-selling book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. He currently serves as a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research examines why certain ideas – ranging from urban legends to folk medical cures, from Chicken Soup for the Soul stories to business strategy myths — survive and prosper in the social marketplace of ideas.


You can register online using a credit card at: or you can pay with cash or check and mail those to:

Walter Surdacki
Dept of Bible & Ministry
Lipscomb University
One University Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204

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