The Nursery Corner

THE STORY: As a young mother, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! Last Sunday I was so tired, and the baby was crying, hungry, needed a bath and needed his diaper changed, and I just couldn’t do what was needed.

So I decided to turn to God for help in my time of need. As the congregation was singing the first hymn, loudly praising God, I slipped into the back of the church and laid my baby down in the back. Trusting God to take care of my baby, I went home and took a nap!

I am here to bear witness that God answers prayers! When I returned four hours later, I found my baby sleeping peacefully. He was fed, content, had been bathed, dressed in clean clothes and his diaper had been changed. As I left with my baby, the friendly pastor invited me to return the following week!

Truly, God is at work and miracles still happen! What happened to my baby is proof of that!

NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!

In John chapter 3, Jesus says that we must be “born again.” Humans are born as babies and have to grow up. And it takes some time, even years. What if newborn Christians also start out like babies that have to grow up?

Consider your answers to the questions below about human infants and born again babies. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What do human babies want?

How often do human babies cry?
Who do they want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do human babies get hungry?
What do babies eat?
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do human babies need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

How are newborn Christians like human babies?
What do newborn Christians want?

How often do newborn Christians cry?
Who do newborn Christians want when they cry?
How do you get them to stop crying?
Does ordering them to stop crying work? Yelling? Long sermons?

How often do newborn Christians get hungry?
What do newborn Christians eat?
Read these verses and consider what babies want:
1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 8:1b
How long before they can feed themselves?

What problems do newborn Christians need help with?
What can they do for themselves?
Who has to help them when they cannot help themselves?

Final questions:
If a crying baby was found alone on the back pew of your congregation during worship this Sunday, what would happen next?

Who would be the specific persons in your congregation who would step forward to care for the infant? What are their names?

When the mother returned for her baby, would the people be kind? What would happen afterward?

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The Challenge – The Uganda Project

THE STORY:

David,
Based on the research that you’ve done for your doctorate (or otherwise), what might you want to share with pastors taking their first class in Christian Education?

These students basically have a high school education and a license to preach and are actively serving churches under appointments. One of them is even a D.S.

Remember my context is Africa, mostly rural Uganda with churches from 15 to 150 in attendance. All of them (D.S. included) are tentmakers, having to have either a business or secular employment to feed their family and serve as volunteers at their churches.

The assignment I am giving my class is that they need to design a program for Christian education in the local church that applies to their particular context, where they are presently serving.

So, they will have exposure to multiple definitions of Christian Education and pedagogical disciplines. They need to pick what they think works for them in their context and defend why they have made the choices they have.

I thought I might include what you researched in that mix if you wanted to share it.

Preparing stuff that can only be communicated with the students by printing it and them reading it, with no feedback on whether or not they are getting anything out of the reading until the final exam (or in my case project), is tougher than you might think.

But, right now we don’t have the option to meet in person. And our students aren’t connected online, so we can’t even meet with them by Zoom. It’s 19th century methodology.

In terms of what works, it has to be something that can be sent digitally, printed, arranged into a packet of information, and the distributed with no follow-up or feedback.

It also has to be fairly brief.

Sincerely, Gene

NOTES

This will be interesting!
I think that lessons as a blog post would work, and be digitally accessible.
They print up nicely as well!

THE FIRST LESSON IN THE SEQUENCE OF FOUR (2 posts per lesson) is here:

https://4corneredroom.com/2020/07/29/storytelling-qnqs-template-3/


– Dave

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Storytelling QNQS Template

THE STORY:

[1]

NOTE (my commentary)

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What does this quote say?
What does it say that I should obey?
What is the wish? What are the outcomes?
What are the basic steps?
What are the obstacles?
Who needs to hear this?

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1] 

OTHER RESOURCES:

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Reporter QNQS Template

Reporter QUOTE AND NOTE TEMPLATE Title

QUOTE (emphasis mine):

[1]

NOTE (my commentary)

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What does this quote say?
What does it say that I should obey?
What is the wish? What are the outcomes?
What are the basic steps?
What are the obstacles?
Who needs to hear this?

RESOURCES

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1] 

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Weiland Template: Do I have a story?

QUOTE

NOTE space this is Google Voice typing input into a blog post using the WordPress software rather than the Chrome browser. There is lots of space to see the post and then also dictate.

there s a switch which turns off the Iclever keyboard in favor of the onscreen keyboard.

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

RESOURCES

The purpose of this series of blog posts is to apply the story structure principles of author consultant K.M. Weiland to my professional body of knowledge to determine if I have a story to tell – is there a plot and characters to inform the reader, which will lead them to understand the theory and apply it in their life situation?

And what is that structure?

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Do I have a story?

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Do I have a story?

As a professional with 40 years of experience and 11 years of postgraduate education, I have a lot of information that I want to communicate the lay, non-professional reader. I want them to understand, adopt and apply my truth to their lives.

And I love the method of utilizing fiction and creative nonfiction (storytelling methods to tell a true story with greater impact) to communicate, educate and transform realities as used by phyicist and business consultant Eliyahu Goldratt in The Goal. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliyahu_M._Goldratt, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goal_(novel) ]

The Goal explains a very complex theoretical approach to manufacturing at a user level, letting a person walk through a demonstrated application of the theory at the level of a user’s experience rather than flying over it at an abstract level. The users learn to apply the theory in rich detail at an experiential level. Experience (kinaesthetic) is the most common learning modality, and fiction is a great way to utilize it.
[ https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/learning-styles-preferences/ , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3708205/ ]

But do I have a story? Is there a plot for my truth?

For an answer to this question, I turn to author K. M. Weiland’s work on outlining and story structure, with appreciation. Here are the primary sources with quotes and links to Amazon.com, where you can preview a book before purchasing it:

The website of K. M. Weiland: Start Here!
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/resources/
The article that gives me a start to determining whether I have a story to go with my box of research ideas: How to Outline for NaNoWriMo: Should You Outline Your Novel? by K.M. WEILAND OCTOBER 3, 2016
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/should-you-outline-your-novel/

Books on writing by K. M. Weiland:

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 1) by K.M. Weiland. Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.
https://smile.amazon.com/Outlining-Your-Novel-Success-Helping-ebook/dp/B005NAUKAC/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-5

Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book by K.M. Weiland. Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy.Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises
https://smile.amazon.com/Outlining-Novel-Workbook-Step-Step/dp/0985780428/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-6

Big News! Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software
What if you had a computer program for that—one that would let you do all the exercises and answer all the questions (and more) from the paperback workbook—and then let you start all over for your next book?
The Outlining Your Novel Workbook program is a powerful brainstorming tool for writers. It is designed to help you discover the brilliant possibilities in your ideas, so you can create a solid story that will both entertain and move your readers.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/big-news-introducing-outlining-novel-workbook-computer-program/
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/book/outlining-novel-workbook-computer-program/

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 3) by K.M. Weiland.
Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this award-winning guide from the author of the acclaimed Outlining Your Novel, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which o evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression.
https://smile.amazon.com/Structuring-Your-Novel-Essential-Outstanding-ebook/dp/B00EJX08QA/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-4

Structuring Your Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories by K.M. Weiland.
Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Structuring Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to writing solid first drafts, identifying and fixing plot problems, and writing consistently good stories.
Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises …

https://smile.amazon.com/Structuring-Your-Novel-Workbook-Hands/dp/0985780436/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-1

Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7) by K.M. Weiland.
Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs…. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.
https://smile.amazon.com/Creating-Character-Arcs-Masterful-Development-ebook/dp/B01M6VC68U/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-2

Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer’s Reference to Exceptional Character Development and Creative Writing (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 8) by K.M. Weiland.
Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Creating Character Arcs Workbook presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes. Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises …
https://smile.amazon.com/Creating-Character-Arcs-Workbook-Exceptional-ebook/dp/B075SYFND9/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-3

5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6) by K.M. Weiland.
In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level. In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:
– Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
– What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene
– How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write
– How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action
– How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time
By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.

https://smile.amazon.com/Secrets-Story-Structure-Helping-Writers-ebook/dp/B01BHE3HXE/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=km+weiland&qid=1571319075&sr=8-7

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Mat 28:16-20. 19 make disciples 20 Behold

Imperative: Mat 28:16-20. 19 make disciples 20 Behold

Context: Mat 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.

Mat 28:17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Mat 28:19 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,

Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

GREEK VERBS:    
19 make disciples
3100 [e]
mathēteusate
μαθητεύσατε
disciple
V-AMA-2P
20
3708 [e]
idou
ἰδοὺ ,
Behold
V-AMA-2S
1473 [e]
egō
ἐγὼ
I
PPro-N1S
3326 [e]
meth’
μεθ’
with
Prep
4771 [e]
hymōn
ὑμῶν
you
PPro-G2P
1510 [e]
eimi
εἰμι
am
V-PIA-1S
Exegesis:
There are four basic commands. Go. Baptized. Teach. All of these are a vocabulary form that indicates they are in support of the primary command, to make disciples. Once a person becomes a disciple, they become a better disciple by following the command in verse 20: teach them to observe all the commands of Jesus. This includes the command of the Great Commission itself, that they are likewise to repeat the pattern and make their own disciples.
S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?

RESOURCES
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

This is an anchor post, the purpose of which is to begin a conversation. Please add value by sharing stories, personal experiences, quotes (with sources) and questions for discussion in the comments. (Some comments may be incorporated into the original post.)


Footnotes:
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
A sermon was preached on this command:
Date … Audio Link … Slides Link.
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Mat 28:11-15. While they were going, behold (No imperative)

Imperative: Mat 28:11-15. While they were going, behold (No imperative)
Context: Mat 28:11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.

Mat 28:12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers

Mat 28:13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’

Mat 28:14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

Mat 28:15 So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

GREEK VERBS:    (No imperative)
Exegesis:
S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS 
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?


RESOURCES
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

This is an anchor post, the purpose of which is to begin a conversation. Please add value by sharing stories, personal experiences, quotes (with sources) and questions for discussion in the comments. (Some comments may be incorporated into the original post.)


Footnotes:
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
A sermon was preached on this command:
Date … Audio Link … Slides Link.
Last post revision: 
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Mat 28:1-10.  9 Greetings! 10 “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren 

Imperative: Mat 28:1-10.  9 Greetings! 10 “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren 
Context: Mat 28:1 Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.

Mat 28:2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

Mat 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.

Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

Mat 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

Mat 28:6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

Mat 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you.”

Mat 28:8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Mat 28:9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

Mat 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

GREEK VERBS:   
9 Greetings!
5463 [e]
Chairete
Χαίρετε !
Greetings
V-PMA-2P
10  “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren
3361 [e]

Μὴ
not
Adv
5399 [e]
phobeisthe
φοβεῖσθε .
Fear
V-PMM/P-2P
5217 [e]
hypagete
ὑπάγετε ,
Go
V-PMA-2P
518 [e]
apangeilate
ἀπαγγείλατε
tell
V-AMA-2P
3588 [e]
tois
τοῖς
the
Art-DMP
80 [e]
adelphois
ἀδελφοῖς
brothers
N-DMP
1473 [e]
mou
μου
of me
PPro-G1S
Exegesis:

Reflection:
How far is it to Galilee?

Did the disciples ever obey this instruction of Jesus?
7 days later Thomas and they are in the same place. The assumption is Jerusalem. By John 21 the disciples are fishing and Jesus serves them breakfast on the beach. At the time of the Ascension that are commanded to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the power.

What does it mean to go to Galilee? Is this part of the symbol to repeat what was done before? What does Galilee mean symbolically?

S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS 
What does this say to my context as a …
…. person?
… follower of Jesus? 
… to a church? 
… to a community – my neighbors?


RESOURCES
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

This is an anchor post, the purpose of which is to begin a conversation. Please add value by sharing stories, personal experiences, quotes (with sources) and questions for discussion in the comments. (Some comments may be incorporated into the original post.)


Footnotes:
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
A sermon was preached on this command:
Date … Audio Link … Slides Link.
Last post revision: 
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