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New Chapter… a digital chapter

October 31, 2008

Two weeks ago I accepted the position of Digital Curriculum Editor at Randall House.  Going along with the theme of “digital,” I do not have a physical office in Nashville- mine is a virtual one.  I am telecommuting from Chattanooga while continuing my ministry at Covenant Church.  21st century technology is amazing!

Our vision for Digital Curriculum
We want to provide Curriculum-on-Demand (COD) for pastors, teachers, and small group leaders that they can purchase and download from the internet.   This curriculum is not a replacement for CLEAR® Sunday School curriculum that Randall House publishes.  This digital curriculum will be designed for mid-week Bible studies, small group topical classes, home/office Bible study groups, retreats, etc.   We want to provide topical lessons that are culturally relevant.  If there is an issue going on in a church, work place, or family, we want to provide a quality Bible study that will help people understand the Bible’s teaching on that topic.
 
Application is the key!  The digital curriculum will incorporate the CLEAR Learning System®, with an emphasis on “application.”  We want to give pastors, teachers, and small group leaders wonderful easy-to-teach Bible studies that help people to apply the lessons to their lives today.  This includes applicable studies for adults, men, women, singles, parents, teens, children, and more.

I have “hit the ground running.”  Through prayer, discussions, and brainstorming we already have a list of over 200 topical Bible studies that need to be written.  Ten writers from all over America are working on various topical and character Bible studies as of today.

This is very exciting!  I am very grateful to the leadership of Randall House for allowing me to be a part of something so amazing.  If you have any questions, ideas for a study, or are interested in writing, please send me an email adam.clagg@randallhouse.com.

Fireproof Movie Endorsement

September 30, 2008

My wife and I, along with our friends Megan and Taylor watched the movie Fireproof tonight.  It was an amazing picture of real-life struggles couples and individuals face.  The gospel was presented in a very real way and showed true lifechange in the main character’s life.

There were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming.  When I was in high school I worked for Carmike Cinemas. One of the perks was free admission to movies.  Needless to say, I have seen hundreds of movies.  This film was one of the few in which you could hear audience members crying openly.  The only other time I remember that was when Titanic came out.  All the death and frozen bodies caused many tears.  (Side note: Rose, don’t you think there was room on that wooden panel for Jack? )

Family organizations and churches are using Fireproof as a way to minister to congregants and the community.  Here in Chattanooga, First Things First has a booth at the theatre with materials on it describing their marriage seminars.  I think that is wonderful!

I am already hearing testimonies of families in our church whose lives have been changed because of this film. Kirk Cameron and all those involved are to be commended.  I encourage all couples to see this film and take another couple with you.

Online Bible Meets Social Networking?

September 23, 2008

Interesting post by Keith Fletcher.

Online Bible Meets Social Networking?

Sep 9th, 2008 by Keith Fletcher | 0
YouVersion website

YouVersion website

I can’t remember who sent me the link (or maybe invited me to join). I’ve been so busy lately that I just dropped the link for YouVersion.com into my blog fodder folder for future reference. I’ve poked around the site just a bit. Scott Cheatham and I were lamenting the dearth of Bible software for the Mac and/or Unix platforms, and both of us admitted that we’d just as soon use online Bible study resources as to install proprietary software and a bunch of ebooks on our laptops.

I’ve always been a big fan of Bible Gateway. From my cursory glance at YouVersion.com, I see that it has fewer available versions than Bible Gateway, but the interface is clean and easy to use, and it has image and video sharing abilities that BG doesn’t have, not to mention the note-sharing feature. I haven’t yet signed up for a free membership, but being able to share notes might come in handy, especially with a group of folks who are studying the same passage together. Think of it! You could have an online Bible study with folks all around the world. This could be a big encouragement for missionaries. I must find time to check this out. Anyone out there want to help? Any other sites that provide this kind of service for free? Comment on this post and let me know.

Big Ole’ Bailout

September 22, 2008

Wow!  The federal gov’t is considering a $700 BILLION bail out for failing companies on Wall Street.  Where do I sign up?  The stimulus package was a weird thing, but I deposited my check.  🙂    This is just very strange to me because it sounds too much like socialism.  Will we ever get to a point when we don’t have to think about the government every day?

Hopefully Sarah Palin will straighten everyone out. She is one tough lady!

Videos of DNC Benedictions

August 29, 2008

Interesting prayers by evangelicals given at DNC found at http://timmybrister.com/2008/08/29/praying-at-the-dnc/

U.S. News & World Report Ranks FWBBC Among America’s Best Colleges

August 25, 2008

Congrats FWBBC from a proud alumnus!

U.S. News & World Report Ranks FWBBC Among America’s Best Colleges

NASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible College received notification in mid-August that the institution is ranked among “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” (South Region, Third Tier) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges guidebook, according to President Matt Pinson. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 1, 2008, issue of U.S. News.

     President Pinson said, “We are so pleased to be ranked among America’s best colleges in this prestigious national study. This is another confirmation to our alumni and denominational constituency that their investment in FWBBC has produced exceptional dividends in the academic marketplace. I hope this report encourages more potential students and their parents to look at FWBBC first when considering a college.”
     The “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” category where FWBBC is ranked includes 319 institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. The colleges in this category are ranked within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

     The U.S. News rankings offer the opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and more.

     FWBBC received particularly high marks in four strategic areas—percent of classes with under 20 students (84%), student/faculty ratio (9/1), freshman retention rate (69%), and graduation rate (41%).
Provost Greg Ketteman said, “Our inclusion in U.S. News’ list of best baccalaureate colleges indicates that by several important measures, including our standing with peer institutions, FWBBC continues to provide high quality college education for our students and our denomination.”

     This is the first time FWBBC has been ranked in the annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. More information is available about the rankings and methodology at: http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2008/08/21/about-the-rankingsmethodology.html.

McCain & Obama tied at 45%

August 25, 2008
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Gallup Poll McCain 45% Obama 45%

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109792/Gallup-Daily-Race-Tied-Democratic-Convention-Starts.aspx