There have been extensive examinations of the tendencies of Christianity as we have entered into the 21st century. The impact of Pentecostalism is all too obvious – there are fifty thousand new adherents to Pentecostal-type Christianity every day. Most of the growth of the Church in the last several years has been highly impacted by the Pentecostal movements and most of these movements have had their best reception in the Southern Hemisphere. We will be looking at what that means for the rest of the Church, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, and asking serious questions about what we should embrace and what we should critique when examining the demographic changes in Christianity. Are those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and especially in Hawaii, losing young people? And if the answer is “yes,” what can we do about it?
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii • Centering Prayer: A Method for a Daily Christian Meditation Practice in 2019
This seminar introduces a method of Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian tradition renewed for modern, busy times. Participants will learn simple steps to establish a daily practice to spend time in silence and deepen their relationship with God.
Scott Lindsey • More and Better Bible Study in the Digital Age
Real change happens when the truth of God’s Word transforms our lives. In this digital age we must be prepared to study and share truth in new ways. This interactive class demonstrates the use of cutting-edge technology for in-depth Bible study, preaching/teaching and Christian counseling. What normally takes 5 to 10 hours of flipping through books or filtering through thousands of Google hits can be done in seconds. Matt Chandler says, “Like no one else, Scott will get you pumped about Bible study!”
George Rhoades • A Biblical Look at Depression: Examples and Healing
This seminar takes a look at biblical examples of depression and God’s methods for healing with those depressions: The losses of Job, anger of Jonah, jealousy of King Ahab, sin of King David, exhaustion of Elijah, spiritual decision of Jesus, etc. God’s Word is very practical in all areas of life and God’s teaching on depression is very clear, giving solutions for each type of depression.
Jeff Schulte • Inside Out: Learning the Gift of the 8 Feelings
Most of us grew up confusing helplessness with neediness; so the way God made us, human and in need, is the thing we most despise about ourselves and seek to overcome. We survive by not needing… but we don’t live. God created us as feeling creatures. But because our feelings lead us to the recognition of our needs, we make feelings our enemy. We confuse what happens when we don’t tell the truth about what we are feeling with the feelings themselves – and we use the Bible out of context to deny the very way God made us to relate to Him and to others in intimate relationships. The tragic result is lack of intimacy with God and lack of deep satisfying relationships with others. This session begins where the Voice of the Heart session leaves off by fully developing what it costs us when we try to cover over what we are feeling. (Attendance at the Voice of the Heart session is not required to attend this session).
Michael O. Silva • Christian Parenting in Our Non-Christian Culture
Being a parent is tough in any culture, but especially when your personal values conflict with the culture you are living in. We will discuss biblical principles accompanied with a number of parenting/family life examples in an effort to help parents develop a Christ-centered value system from which they can effectively parent in our unique Hawaiian-American culture.