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Christ's Team Caring for God's Creation

September 27, 2013

by Robert C. Frank more»

Christ's Team in a Changing Tanzania

August 31, 2013

by Robert C. Frank more»

The Team Concept in Religion

June 28, 2013

by Robert C. Frank

In the 12th chapter of the Apostle Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians in the Bible, he compared the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body. They are all different and function differently but all need each other and work together to achieve their purpose. more»

Christianity and the Tough Mudder

May 31, 2013

I was watching the Today Show on NBC recently and saw that the staff members were challenged to participate in an unusually difficult obstacle course called the Tough Mudder. The one thing that struck me as different was that the participants were encouraged to help each other so that everyone was able to continue all the way. more»

The Peaceable Kingdom of God

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day reminds us that the peaceable kingdom of God is the Promised Land on our planet, a civilization in which there are no longer any conflicts that cause death. After thousands of years we can finally see it on the horizon as we move toward it.  more»

Teamwork in Christian Family Life

April 30, 2013

Family life has always been exceptionally important because extensions to the chain of life are created and nurtured within families. Not all families are ideal and today a family may consist of a husband and wife with children, one parent with children, grandparents with children, or two or more adults living together with or without children. more»

The Resurrection and the Kingdom of God

March 27, 2013

In 1994, my wife and I went to Israel where we visited the sites believed to be where Jesus was crucified, entombed and later ascended into heaven. We were reminded that most of the physical evidence and details of what happened at the crucifixion and resurrection had been destroyed when Jerusalem was burned and leveled by conflicts with the Romans and others over the years. more»

The Cross as the Symbol of Forgiveness

February 27, 2013

The cross is seen around the world on church steeples, in homes, on clothing, and on chains around the necks of the followers of Jesus.  It is seen so often that it has become almost invisible and forgotten as the symbol of God’s forgiveness. As a result, the importance of forgiveness is easily ignored even though it plays a central role in our current civilization. more»

The Two Views of Christianity

January 19, 2013

There are two biblically based, coexistent, views of Christianity. It is a matter of what is emphasized.

The Eternal Life View more»

Christmas, A Time for Teamwork and Happiness

December 10, 2012

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to earth to teach humans how to work together. In our modern world, Christians have become Christ’s Team, teaching about God’s grace and helping all people lead happy and productive lives. Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus tends to emphasize teamwork and bring family life to a focus. more»

Christians Should Look Out the Window More

November 18, 2012

The world is changing much more rapidly now and Christianity has played a vital role in those changes, but few Christians seem to be noticing. They should be looking out the window more to see how the Holy Spirit is using the interrelationship of Christianity and science to produce those dramatic changes. more»

The Learning Periods in God's Continuing Creation

October 27, 2012

If you look back at the evolution of human civilization and include a study of the history of Christianity you can see it as part of God’s continuing creation. The small number of followers of Jesus in the 1st century gradually became over 2 billion in the 21st century, but that growth required learning periods and often conflict. more»

Every Human Life is Important

September 28, 2012

We tend to idolize the rich and famous, but Jesus Christ taught that every human life was important. I often think about that when I walk through the mall and see people of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds. There are now over seven billion people on Earth and since they were all created by God it means every one of those lives is important. more»

Righteousness in the 21st Century

August 28, 2012

Righteous is a word used extensively in the Bible to refer to the fact that everyone is expected to live perfectly according to God’s will. What does that mean in our current complex world? more»

Teamwork in Music

July 27, 2012

Music has developed over a long period of time into a culture that has its own language. One example is that there are many music groups such as choirs, choruses, bands, orchestras, ensembles, and others that are excellent examples of teams, but the word “team” is never used to describe them. more»

How Quickly We Forget

June 27, 2012

The United States is a country with freedom of religion in which Christianity has flourished and teamwork has been taught. With the assistance of our allies in World War II in the 1940’s, we literally conquered the world, then set it free and helped the countries rebuild. What a team we were and what a great achievement, a modern miracle. more»

Christ's Team: Teaching Love and Teamwork With the Aid of Science

January 1, 2013

Anyone who has tried to help someone who is seriously ill is well aware that love is not enough. Teamwork and science are also required. That applies to all human problems, but it has taken us a long time to realize it. God gave humans the Bible to tell them that they were loved and needed to work together, but there were originally only a few copies and most people could not read. more»

Jesus Christ and Servant Leadership

May 28, 2012

The long history of Christianity has placed much emphasis on the role of Jesus as redeemer, sometimes obscuring the major role he played in shaping our modern civilization. In ancient cultures when few people could read and write, leaders held positions of near absolute power. This is sometimes called positional or pedestal leadership. more»

Understanding God's Control

May 17, 2012

Obviously no one knows how God controls our world so we have to depend upon what we see taking place. Some think that God is in total control of everything, but that leaves us with haunting questions such as: If God is a loving God and in total control, how do we reconcile that with genocide like the Holocaust during World War II?  more»

The Rules That Make Teamwork Functional

March 21, 2012

The Ten Commandments and the two advocated by Jesus are the Rules of Life that make human teamwork functional. God gave the ancient Hebrews the Ten Commandments to help them live peacefully and successfully with each other, but in that early civilization, very few people could read or write so their understanding was very limited. more»

The Common English Bible as an eBook

February 21, 2012

My wife and I read part of the Bible every morning during our devotions. Since the Common English Bible came out only a short time ago, we decided to obtain an ebook version of it and read it electronically on our Kindle. Using wi-fi we were able to download it and begin reading within a couple minutes. more»

Christ's Team: The Sunday Morning Huddle

January 23, 2012

One of the practices that Christianity inherited from Judaism is the gathering of members every seven days. Of the other major religions, Islam is the only one that includes that tradition. In our 21st century, rapidly changing, complex world, the Sunday morning gathering still plays a vital role. more»

Religions Working Together in Continuing Creation

January 9, 2012

The rapid improvement of the quality of human life in our world today provides clear evidence that creation is a continuing process. Members of the Christian, Judaic, and Islamic traditions believe that there is a single source of creation that is called God. more»

Christmas, A Time for Teamwork and Happiness

November 29, 2011

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to earth to teach humans how to work together. In our modern world, Christians have become Christ’s Team, teaching about God’s grace and helping all people lead happy and productive lives. Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus tends to emphasize teamwork and bring family life to a focus. more»

Teamwork: The Way Out of the Wilderness

November 25, 2011

There are occasional passages of the Old Testament in the Bible that describe the Israelites spending long periods, even years, wandering in the wilderness. At first thought that seems surprising because even though they were in a strange land, the territory was so small that traveling by foot in almost any direction would permit them to leave any wilderness in at most a few weeks. more»

Teamwork in Democratic Governments

October 26, 2011

Countries throughout the world are increasingly becoming democracies governed by leaders who serve at the will of the people. This has been made possible by higher literacy rates and more sophisticated methods of communication so people living in each country are much better informed. more»

Cursillo: A Little Course in Christianity

October 12, 2011

Some years ago our two oldest daughters ask my wife and I to attend weekend retreats called Cursillo that were sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church. After some foot dragging, we finally did, not aware of how much those weekends were going to change the course of our lives. more»

Thank God for Science

August 19, 2011

Science provides the knowledge required for technology and technology produces tools needed to improve the quality of life. Science isn’t mentioned in the Bible because it evolved in later years. Some people, therefore, may feel that science is not relevant to Christianity. more»

Christianity and Team Sports

July 20, 2011

People from all over the world watched the recent Women's World Cup soccer competition between the United States and Japan. Viewers were easily drawn into it because the winner was not decided until the final kick. Team sports are very popular in our modern world. They are not only a form of entertainment, but continually remind us of some of the most important lessons of our lives. more»

Are We There Yet? Not Yet.

June 22, 2011

We live in a rapidly evolving world which many writers have tried to describe. Rob Bell writes about heaven on Earth where love wins. Brian McLaren describes a new kind of Christianity. Michael Dowd tells of an evolving earthspirit where Christianity and science merge to provide better management of Earth. more»

Evolution of the Team Concept in Christianity

May 14, 2011

The Apostle Paul referred to the followers of Jesus as the Body of Christ because like the human body it was made up of members with different abilities and functions working together. more»

A Superior Civilization: The Kingdom of God

August 5, 2013

On page 381 of his book, God: the World’s Future, theologian Ted Peters expressed his view of life on Earth in the future this way:
  “I believe we can say prophetically that there is a new world coming that will be, among other things:

    1. organized as a single, worldwide, planetary society; more»

    Our Christian Education Responsibilities

    April 21, 2011

    As Jesus was making his final departure from his followers he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”(Mt 28:19-20) Looking back from the 21st Century we can see that his command had a profound effect on our world. more»

    The Vital Role of Forgiveness in Teamwork

    April 21, 2011

    Many years ago when I was teaching physics at Augustana College, one of the students in my class was Ken Anderson who later became a star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals football team. The story is told that with only a few seconds left in one of the games, Ken threw a game winning pass right into the arms of one of his receivers in the end zone who promptly dropped it. more»

    Christianity's Goal

    April 21, 2011

    Christians have been teaching basic principles that have helped people work together for the past 2000 years, but until recent decades the words “team” and “teamwork” were rarely used in the Christian context. The team concept is a powerful concept because it requires carefully defined and understood goals. more»

    Christianity in a World Being Created

    April 21, 2011

    We live in a rapidly changing world that has resulted in an information explosion. more»

    The Earth's Vegetation

    April 21, 2011

    As I was looking at the trees behind my house the other day I was reminded of the wonderful poem called “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer that I learned at a child. The first few verses go something like this:
    “I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast. more»

    Teamwork and Feedback

    April 21, 2011

    Many years ago I learned an important lesson studying electronics in the Navy. When they wanted to turn a radar antenna they had to apply an electric signal telling the antenna to turn, but it was also necessary to get an electrical feedback signal indicating how far the antenna had already turned in order to gently bring it to a stop. more»

    Creation Viewed from the Hubble

    April 21, 2011

    I recently had an opportunity to see the three dimensional movie about repair work on the Hubble telescope that is making the rounds of the IMAX theatres. The photography is spectacular and provides three exceptional views of creation. more»

    What a Team We Were Then

    April 21, 2011

    I watched a documentary about World War II on television a few nights ago and even though I lived through it and participated briefly in military service near the end, it seemed almost unreal, like a dream. It is hard to believe that virtually the entire world was involved in that strange war. more»

    Prayer: It's Wireless

    April 21, 2011

    Without a connection to God, the source of our existence, our lives are like boats without rudders in a restless sea. We live our lives with fuzzy and ever changing goals. Countless pages have been written about prayer and yet we still have much to learn. God doesn’t answer prayer in a loud baritone voice, or by email or Facebook, but in the subtle events of daily life. more»

    Our Christian Education Responsibilities

    April 6, 2011

    As Jesus was making his final departure from his followers he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”(Mt 28:19-20) Looking back from the 21st Century we can see that his command had a profound effect on our world. more»

    Christianity and the Future

    February 25, 2011

    Our modern world is very complicated, suggesting to some that eventually computers will take over. However, if you look carefully there is also evidence that a beautiful world of human beings is gradually evolving. On page 381 of his book, God: the World’s Future, Ted Peters expressed his view of life on Earth in the future this way: more»

    Christianity’s Goal

    January 18, 2011

    Christians have been teaching basic principles that have helped people work together for the past 2000 years, but until recent decades the words “team” and “teamwork” were rarely used in the Christian context. The team concept is a powerful concept because it requires carefully defined and understood goals. more»

    Christmas, A Time for Teamwork and Happiness

    December 6, 2010

    Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to earth to teach humans how to work together. In our modern world, Christians have become Christ’s Team, teaching about God’s grace and helping all people lead happy and productive lives. Christmas, a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus tends to emphasize teamwork and bring family life to a focus. more»

    The Vital Role of Forgiveness in Teamwork

    October 26, 2010

    Many years ago when I was teaching physics at Augustana College, one of the students in my class was Ken Anderson who later became a star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals football team. The story is told that with only a few seconds left in one of the games, Ken threw a game winning pass right into the arms of one of his receivers in the end zone who promptly dropped it. more»

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