Discernment Exercise: Should We Attend This Party?

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Here is a case study for discernment, based on a true story (though I’ve taken liberties with many of the details). Your small group…

Discernment Exercise: Love It or Leave It

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Though America is obviously a country of immigrants—after all, very few of us are Native Americans—over the years each major wave of immigration has…

Discernment Exercise: Can We Make Our Faith Attractive?

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In the opening scenes of the movie Chocolat, Vianne, played by Juliette Binoche, moves into a new town and rents a dingy, dirty storefront.…

Discernment Exercise: A Great Spirit Blessing

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Living in a pluralistic culture, as we do, does not mean that we live among unbelievers; it means we live among people who believe…

Discernment Exercise: On Being Offensive

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All things considered, there’s plenty a Christian can do, say, or believe which some other Christian will find offensive—perhaps even deeply offensive. A few…

Discernment Exercise: Questions for Dr. Laura

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Though biblical illiteracy tends to be rather widespread—even among believers—many unbelievers know enough about the Bible to raise questions about how believers understand and…

Discernment Exercise: Answering Questions About Doubt

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Reflect on the following questions. As you do, think about the extent you struggle with doubt. Think about how there are some believers who…

Discernment Exercise: Halloween – Magic and Monsters

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With the collapse of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century, small-scale independence movements formed along ethnic and religious fault lines in the Balkan region.…

Discernment Exercise: Engaging the Arts: Are You A Patron?

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Engaging the Arts Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has begun an effort to help Christians think about their engagement with the arts. It’s an…