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The Therapeutic Power of the Relationship

17 May 2021 | Pablo Martinez

What are the best techniques in counselling? How can I learn the practice of therapeutic techniques? These are the most frequent questions asked by beginning therapists. They are eager to learn counselling techniques. Nevertheless they soon discover that the most therapeutic tool is not a good technique, but a good relationship. Indeed, the client’s relationship to the counsellor contains the most powerful forces in the therapeutic process. Change always occurs in the context of a good interpersonal relationship.

Paul's Rules for Creative Outreach in a Contemporary Culture

16 May 2021 | Scott Poling

Can my church be revitalised? Yes! But not without learning four important laws the apostle Paul teaches on how to do effective ministry in our contemporary culture. Let's learn how to think outside the box but inside the Bible; being creative, but always Biblical.

We Can't Compete! Curing Competitiveness in Mission, Church, and Ministry

17 May 2021 | Paul Coulter

Competitiveness is a major blind spot for people in Christian ministry. This talk explores the historical roots of competitiveness as a motivator in Western culture and its ubiquity in the contemporary world and Church. In light of Scripture, it critiques this pervasive value and suggests an alternative vision for grace-motivated cooperation.

Relevancy, Faithfulness, and the Role of Emotions in Preaching

18 May 2021 | Florent Varak

How can we avoid just feeding the mind in expository preaching? Aiming for the whole person definitely involves a proper formulation of the truth, but the preacher could connect with his audience better by observing and using the emotions often imbedded in God’s Word. In this talk we look at the benefits of such an approach as well as clues on how to do it.

Entertainment Media and the Good Life: An Analysis and a Christian Response

18 May 2021 | Margunn Dahle

We are surrounded by persuasive stories from popular culture, where happiness is portrayed as the good life. Such media stories usually emphasize pleasure, image, possessions, experiences, and personal worldview explorations. These key values reflect that consumerism, materialism, and individualism are influential idols in our contemporary Western culture. At the same time, the media stories also express real longings for true identity, real community, deep joy, and authentic freedom.