Deborah on September 29th, 2009

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New Site!  BiblicalIntegrationIdeas has expanded!  All the content you know and love from  BiblicalIntegrationIdeas.com has been moved to http://BiblicalIntegration.com.  It’s all there. The free downloads, lesson plans, brainstorming worksheets and the awesome Biblical Integration Posters are all on the new site.

Why the switch? What about BiblicalIntegrationIdeas.com?
Thanks for asking. BiblicalIntegrationIdeas.com is now a more user friendly blog atmosphere where we will post ideas by subject. It will still have great content, but it will be easier to use and react to. We hope you like the new changes we have planned.

Deborah on February 9th, 2010

People often act based on their values. Values are a reflection of ones beliefs. Beliefs stem from one’s religious views or worldview. The stronger the value and belief in a worldview or religion, the more the person will act in ways that reflect that worldview or religion. Some may act inconsistently because their worldview may encompass more than one religion or worldview idea. It is not uncommon today for people to hold Christian, Postmodern, and Naturalistic values simultaneously. As a result, that person may seem to be hypocritical at times.

When reading a book, students can be challenged to examine what a character does and why. Students should also be challenged to identify what worldview or religious principles seem to be influencing the character’s behavior. This may be harder as more than one worldview could influence a behavior. Once those are identified, students should evaluate whether those behaviors and worldview principles line up with their own beliefs and values and those of the Bible. Studying characters at this depth allows students to really understand why people do what they do and the ramifications of beliefs.

Discussion Starters:

  • What choice did the character make?
  • Why did the character make that choice?
  • What worldview or religion would say that that choice is ok or a good one?
  • What if most people made those kinds of choices on a regular basis?
  • Does the choice match biblical principles? Why or why not?
  • What would happen if the character made a different (opposite) choice?
  • Would you have made that choice? Why or why not?

Deborah on February 9th, 2010

The world is made up of many geometric shapes. That means math and geometry are designed by God for a purpose. The challenge is to help students see the shapes and why God made things that way. Further, students can be challenged to see where man uses shapes for good or evil.

Discussion Starters:

  • What geometric shapes do you see in nature?
  • What geometric shapes do you see in animals (internally or externally)? How does the shape impact its existence?
  • What if tree trunks and branches were more like rectangular prisms than cylinders? How would they function differently internally and respond to weather externally (less aerodynamic, cylidner is more efficient use of space,…)?
  • Planets are shaped like spheres. What impact does the shape have on the planet (forms an atmosphere, magnetic fields, provides more even covering of atmostphere…)?
  • Where does man use shapes? How does man use shapes? When does man use his knowledge of shapes for evil purposes?
  • What is the purpose of symmetry? What if trees did not grow in a symmetrical type fashion?

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Deborah on January 5th, 2010

People of faith must wrestle with the issue of the constitution and authority. Often the Bible and the Constitution are in agreement regarding acceptable behavior. At times, they contradict. Something may be permissible (or implied) by the Constitution, but be against God’s law. Either the Constitution is superior to God’s law (the Bible) or vice versa. Drunkenness is not illegal except when driving, but the Bible clearly prohibits it.

Discussion Starters

  • Which is higher, God’s law or man’s (the Bible or the Constitution)?
  • What are some possible consequences of putting God’s law above the Constitution when they differ?
  • What are some possible consequences of putting the Constitution above God’s law when they differ?
  • When man puts the Constitution ( or man’s law) above God’s, where does that put God in relation to man, who has more authority?
  • If man is going to put his own laws above God’s, what is the use or purpose of claiming to follow God?
  • Daniel put God’s laws above man’s. How did that work out for him? Would the same thing happen today?
  • Muslims put God’s law above man’s. Is that right or wrong? Support your answer.
  • How are the 10 Commandments similar or different from the Bill of Rights, in that they both strive to govern society?
  • In addition to the 10 Commandments, Moses followed his father-in-law’s advice to establish a structure of authority with only the most difficult cases coming to Moses himself. Would that structure fall under the category of God’s law or man’s? Is that kind of structuring biblical or unbiblical?

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Deborah on January 5th, 2010

Students should be made aware that a nation’s constitution is not religion or philosophy free. The writers of a constitution have beliefs about the nature of man and the universe that directly impact how they formulate the document. The belief or unbelief in God influences the writing, as well as one’s belief about the character and nature of God.

It is also important to note that Truth is absolute, so that, while people of different philosophies may write constitutions with specific philosophical leanings, all people can discover those absolute Truths resulting in constitutions that have many similarities.

Discussion Starters

  • What was the faith or philosophical background of the founders of the US Constitution?
  • How did the faith of the founders influence the preamble and specific amendments of the Constitution?
  • Which phrases of the preamble or amendments would be different if the founders had been Muslim (or other religion/philosophy)?
  • Which amendments are biblically based (can specifically be supported by Bible verses)?
  • Which amendments are historically based (written in response to other countries’ laws)?
  • How could amendments not specifically supported by the Bible be supported or refuted by biblical principles?

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Deborah on September 15th, 2009

Biblical Integration Introduction

This Biblical Integration Introduction is a brief glimps of how to use the Biblical Integration Posters in the classroom. Next to the Bible, the posters are a phenomenal resource for integration the Christian Worldview into your subjects.

The posters serve as a classroom aid in several ways:

  • Teacher Planning
  • Teacher Instruction
  • Student Reference
  • Chrsitan Worldview

The following is a snippet of the fuller video. Take a look:

Biblical Integration Introduction

Biblical Integration Introduction

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Deborah on September 14th, 2009

How To Use Biblical Integration Posters

How to use the Biblical Integration Posters will teach you…well, just that…how to use the posters! What better way to kick off the Biblical Integration Ideas blog than with a talking picture.

Check it out…

How to use Biblical Integration Posters with Deborah Bagley

How to use Biblical Integration Posters with Deborah Bagley

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