We moved!

February 8, 2011

We moved and now have a permanent website with our own URL. You can now find us at www.ROCKteaching.com. You will find all the latest and greatest info for the ROCK ministry in the Westside church.

Highlights from the Evidence for Christianity conference!

June 26, 2010

I recently had the privilege to attend the 2010 Apologetics Conference in Irvine, CA. Hosted once again by Evidence For Christianity, this was a fantastic time of being updated with cutting edge information in the land of Christian apologetics. There were too many classes, so I was unable to attend them all. It was an honor to learn from and converse with some of the most brilliant minds in the world of Christian Evidences.

Not only were these instructors well informed, it became clear that these are highly educated men. Secondly, it was refreshing to see the sincerity and honesty with which the evidence has been approached. Rather than dogmatically trying to make the scientific evidence fit their religious opinions, these men are clearly wrestling with their perspectives in order to best harmonize scientific evidence with the scriptures.

Here are a few of my highlights:

  1. John Clayton’s class “Why did God create man” was as moving as it was informative. John helped clarify Genesis 1, yet touched my heart by sharing about the suffering he has personally faced. Rather than trying to summarize his class, let me simply point you to his site and his free downloadable mp3’s and videos. I originally heard John lecture back in 1983 at the University of Colorado. It was refreshing to hear a man share non-judgementally about how the evidence for Christ compelled him to convert from a hard-line atheist to a devoted Christian.
  2. Bob Kurka’s class on reconciling Science and the Bible. In short, Christianity has been the culture which has encouraged scientific research more than any other culture or worldview. In fact, Christians were some of Darwin’s greatest supporters – in his lifetime. Revisionist historians, such as Andrew Dickson White’s A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology (1896), have placed Christianity at odds with Science and the church at odds with men like Columbus and Magellen. In fact, Galileo and Copernicus were not persecuted for their science but rather for their protestant stance against the Catholic church. Bob also encourages all Christians to refuse to accept the false equation that “evolution=atheism”.
  3. I was able to spend time with one of my mentors over the last 25 years, Douglas Jacoby. He has again and again shared with me how his faith has grown and deepened through his honest pursuit of spiritual answers. If you’re not using Doug as a resource, you are missing out! I am reading his latest book, Compelling Evidence, and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for thoughtful answers to sincere questions.
  4. Fellowship with an long-time, dear friend, Foster Stanback. Foster and I had a wonderful time reaching out to people together at Nichol’s Hall at CU back in 1984. And it is encouraging to see how “Doctor Doctrine” (his nickname back in college) has developed this fantastic apologetics ministry!
  5. Finally, it was an honor to meet Dr. Denis Lamoureux, one of few men who has a PHD in Biology as well as a PHD in Theology. His concern is to prevent young people from leaving the Lord after their introduction to biology at the university level. His lectures are not for the faint of heart. But spending time with him help explode my perspective of God. My God IS too small, and I need to stand back and be amazed at our incredible Creator.

Great News from the Westside ROCK Ministry

June 14, 2010

I am absolutely thrilled to see how God is growing the Westside ROCK Ministry. Since its inception in January of 2009 we have held over 15 different classes, with over 500 participants – on topics ranging from New Testement Survey to Godly Parenting.

Here are just a few recent highlights.

  1. We have over 60 sign ups for our 3 new (summer) ROCK classes.
  2. Our first ever Women’s class! God moved Deanna Kendall’s heart to develop a 6 week class on how God wants us all to feel precious to Him.
  3. Dave Bruce and I aren’t teaching this summer trimester! That’s because we have so many new teachers and classes! The cool thing is that Karin and I get to actually participate in Joe Whitcomb’s class on Marriage (entitled “Love and Respect”).
  4. We have even more NEW classes and new teachers in the next 2 trimesters (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011):
  • Church History (Steve Thompson)
  • Tapping into the Brain that God gave you (David Bruce)
  • Women of Inspiration (Saun Galang/Cece Bruce)
  • The Truth about the End Times (John Thorne)
  • I’m an Evolutionist and I follow Jesus (Guest Speaker)
  • 101 Essential Old Testament Passages (Mark Shaw)
  • Parenting God’s Way (Joe Whitcomb)
  • Can I Trust the Bible (Ben Leong)
  • Study of Hebrews (TBA)
  • Keys for Parenting Teens (Keith Rose)
  • New Testament Survey (Mark Shaw)
  • Leadership Essentials – Level II (Tim Priestley)

2010 – TRIMESTER 2 SCHEDULE

May 14, 2010

In the second trimester of 2010 The Westside Church is excited to offer 3 top-notch classes. As usual, these will all take place Sunday mornings before church at the Veteran’s Auditorium. For more information on how these classes are organized, see our FAQs as well as the church’s main site.

All Classes begin on June 20th.

Servants and Leaders in Acts
6 week class [Leadership class]
Start time: 8:45am
Cost is $5
Only your Bible is required
Instructor: Tony Kettering

If you have the desire to use your gifts to serve God and His Church as a Small Group Leader, Servant Team Leader, Deacon or just develop your abilities to serve in general.

We will survey the book of Acts together and dissect the First Century Church model for serving and leading in the church.

You are Precious to God
6 week class [Women’s class]
Start time: 8:45am
Cost is $20
Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Book and Notebook fee is included in the price
Instructor/Facilitator: Deanna Kendall

Do you know how Precious you are to God?  Come and discover the unique design he has for you, and how he wants to use your life to glorify Him.

Love and Respect
8 week workshop [Marriage class]
Start time: 8:30am
Cost is $5
Book: Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerich
Must purchase the book & workbook separately
Instructor/Facilitator: Joe Whitcomb

This is founded in the book by Emerson Eggerich. Based upon Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, this class reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.

 

Leadership Essentials–“THE LAW OF BUY IN”

March 25, 2010

The final assignment was to write a short essay on what it is that makes people buy in to a leader. Essays are posted below as a comment to this blog thread. Again, it was crucial to include what how this law relates to you personally and how you might change accordingly.

Each participant was to present their thoughts to the class (no more than 2 min) and then lead a brief discussion on it.

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Leadership Essentials–“THE LAW OF RESPECT”

March 22, 2010

The assignment this final week is four-fold:

  1. On March 21, participants gave presentations on chapter 7 “The Law of Respect. Following this, each group facilitated a brief discussion based on their presentation. These presentations were filmed and posted here, and the participants are to post comments below at the bottom of the blog. Please post at least one positive as well as at least one constructive thought.
  2. Read the chapter entitled “The Law of Buy In“. Fill out the tasks as well as the self-evaluation. Be prepared to discuss at our final session.
  3. Write a short essay (no more than 500 words or one page) on what it is that makes people buy in to a leader. Be prepared to present your thoughts to the class next week (no more than 2 min) then lead a brief discussion on it. You’re welcome to present individually or as a team.
  4. On Wednesday, participants will be emailed a survey evaluation of this course. This should be completed by Sunday.

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Leadership Essentials-“THE LAW OF INFLUENCE”

March 15, 2010

In the groups, participants were to creatively present the contents of chapter 2 “The Law of Influence”.

Following this, each group facilitated a brief discussion based on their presentation. These presentations were filmed and posted here so that the participants are able to post comments below at the bottom of the blog.

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Leadership Essentials-INTERVIEWING LEADERS

February 28, 2010

Assignment #2 is directly based on the “Take Action” page of Chapter 1 of Maxwell’s workbook.  Participants will interview someone whom you consider to have a high leadership lid. At the very least, you will answer the following five questions and record your answers as a “Comment” to this blog post. If you choose, you may post anonymously and/or protect the identity of the interviewee.

1. When did you first see yourself as a leader?
2. What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced as a leader?
3. What has contributed to your growth as a leader?
4. What are you currently doing to grow as a leader?
5. What is the best piece of advice that you would have for someone who aspires to be an effective leader?

In the video below, participants explain what they were most impacted by from their interviews.

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Leadership Essentials-“THE LAW OF THE LID

February 28, 2010

Assignment #1 broke into groups of 4-6 and creatively presented the contents of chapter 1 “The Law of the Lid”.

Following this, each group facilitated a 5 minute discussion based on their presentation. Due to time constraints, only three of the groups were able to present. These presentations were filmed and posted here so that the participants are able to post comments below at the bottom of the blog.

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Leadership Skills Workshop – Level 1

 Regardless of whether you are leading a church group, business unit, academic club or any other organization, this workshop will empower you to identify specific areas of potential growth and then take steps towards change.

1. The Law of the Lid – Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
2. The Law of the Influence – The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence
3. The Law of Respect – People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
4. The Law of Buy-In – People Buy Into The Leader, Then the Vision 

2010 – TRIMESTER 1 SCHEDULE

January 28, 2010

We are offering 4 classes in the first Trimester of 2010:

Leadership Essentials 
Leadership Skills Workshop – Level 1

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone” – John Maxwell

5 weeks (NOTE: Class begins at 8:30am)
Instructors: Mark Shaw and Tim Priestley
$25 incl. book “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – Workbook”

Don’t miss these 4 high-powered training sessions where you’ll grow in critical skills as a leader. Regardless of whether you are leading a church group, business unit, academic club or any other organization, this workshop will empower you to identify specific areas of potential growth and then take steps towards change.

1. The Law of the Lid – Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
2. The Law of the Influence – The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence
3. The Law of Respect – People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
4. The Law of Buy-In – People Buy Into The Leader, Then the Vision 

Fathered By God
5 weeks
$15 including the book
Men’s discussion group based on John Eldredge’s book
Facilitators: David Bruce and Rob Logan

This men’s group is focused on a remarkable book by John Eldredge which identifies the remarkable way God initiates men throughout their lives from young boyhood to the golden years. This paradigm of how we grow as men sets up an entire new way of looking at God as well as other men in our lives. Several men who attended this class in the past described a true transformation in many areas of their lives from sharing this book in a small group setting. Please join us and prepare for a great journey!

 

First Principles
8 weeks
$5 incl. materials
Instructor: Tony Kettering

We are excited about the new study series as it has a few exciting changes…  The first introductory is called “The Good News”, the study following the Cross is also new and called “New Life”.  There are more scriptures in this series on the heart of the matter and the grace of God.  It will be a great time to learn the new study series and brush up on your bible knowledge.

 

Boundaries
10 weeks
$20 (book purchased separately)
Instructor: Joe Whitcomb

The class will be a basic course on Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend will be a small group facilitated course.

Books based on specific area of interest:
Boundaries in Marriage
Boundaries in Dating
Boundaries with Kids
Boundaries with Teenagers