Scott Hodge


What would YOU like to hear teaching on?

Nov 24, 2008

Each year in November our team breaks away for our annual teaching calendar planning retreat where we lay out a general idea of where we sense God wants to take us over this next year in terms of teaching and subject matter. 

Today we will be spending the next several hours focused on praying, planning, and brainstorming.  So please pray for us!  And in case you're interested, last year I shared how we typically go about these planning retreats in a series of three posts:

Post 1
Post 2
Post 3

But here's my BIG question for all of you….

What topics/subjects would YOU like to hear teaching on? 

I'd love to hear your ideas!  So leave a comment!  Maybe your feedback will spark a great idea for The Orchard or even others over this next year! 

13 Responses to “What would YOU like to hear teaching on?”

  1. michael says:

    some guy in a bar asked me to teach on the Nephlims and Genesis 6. i think that would make a perfect topic for a sunday @ the orchard. :)

  2. Joni Ruhs says:

    running theme everywhere I turn: parenting, reclaiming leadership in their homes, creating culture of conversation/education regarding sexuality & purity; parents equipped to train the next generation to be self sufficient, responsible, contributing members of society, Christian families who are visible in their community, not fearful of it.
    Renewing our minds: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Garbage in, garbage out. As a man thinks…

  3. Dolores Cadena says:

    We need to touch on the subject of alcohol. When it’s ok, when not. Teen drinking…

  4. Larry Snowberger says:

    Keeping it real! That’s what I would like to suggest. What I mean… I know many people that put a game face on for church (it’s like a magical door on the church). Why always a game face? We are human and sinners – let’s not pretend to be saints.
    Perhaps around the football (or other) season a “game face” theme or something. Talking about how to integrate Christ into our everyday life. How do we “keep it real” at work/school without being the Jesus freak.
    I’ve always through it was funny when out at dinner for a business meeting, a few folks that may normally drink a beer would act like it was hemlock when certain people were present. That’s a game face and not real.
    We can be Christians in the real world and not project an image of being hippocrates. Of course there are boundaries, but everything that happens beyond the church door isn’t taboo. I would love to have teaching about living our lives and integrating Christ. Christ didn’t only shine after he walked through the church door, but rather most significantly when walking with others… with people like us.
    No, this isn’t a thought to condone being an alcoholic – that’s beyond the boundaries. And the beer statement is only one example – there are others. For instance: Is it okay to swear – no; is it okay to show your frustration and anger, both verbally and in actions – yes. Music is a huge topic for me. My opinion of music differed greatly than my parent’s opinion of music (like the Grand Canyon was between us). Am I accepting enough toward the next generation? More thoughts to keep it real…
    The Orchard is very intune to this topic.

  5. Ryan says:

    Continue to challenge people – with goals, objectives, change, acceptance, etc.

  6. Larry Snowberger says:

    Here’s another possibility. Being content.
    We’re in an age that everyone wants to be a rock star and own a million dollar house. More, better, faster. Perhaps that isn’t what’s best for us as individuals. In our quest to advance, how do we stay within reason? What does Christ say? (I’m reminded of a verse or two)

  7. Jeff says:

    As much as it sounds humorous (and it’s supposed to be a bit), I still want to know the answer to this question:
    God, why did you create mosquitos?

  8. Larry Snowberger says:

    Does God still love Dunkin Donut coffee drinkers, or only Starbucks coffee drinkers? How does God view excess – more than one cup a day?
    Okay, that was the lighter side. It’s been a long day.

  9. Legalism in the church…Series on grace…Grace Awakening!

  10. hey scott… its casey pettett (i worked with larry). i’ve been meaning to leave you a nasty message for taking our man away!! :) if you guys weren’t so dang cool he wouldn’t be interested in leaving us… why couldn’t you be dorky or full of crap or something ??? really, though…. you’re getting a good one, as you know. i’m so excited for him (and you!). i think he’ll really thrive up there. i’m excited to see how you all will really foster his creativity and visionary mind. in my humble opinion, i think that was lacking for him down here. i’ll get to meet you some time soon… i’ll be up to visit. having a baby any day now, so it’ll be a while, but i look forward to meeting you and seeing the orchard…. casey.

  11. Scott,
    Hey bro – I met this guy over the summer and he had the best tat of Jesus I’ve ever seen.
    The tat I’m talking about is on his own arm – I’m trying to find it.
    Michael Trent

  12. Adam Mock says:

    Hey Scott,
    Since the foundation of our faith really comes down to “Loving God and Loving People”, why not a series on “Loving God”? Loving people is very tangilble, but loving God becomes a bit more difficult.
    Chuck Colson wrote a wonderful book called “Loving God”. He said when he asked church leaders how they loved God, they had a tough time answering the question. If this is true, and if this is foundational to growing relationship with Jesus Christ, then perhaps we need some clear direction on what exactly it looks like to “Love God”.
    Stands to reason that if we know how to love Him, loving people comes a bit easier.

  13. I’d like to hear you talk about God’s justice (or lack thereof). It seems brutally unfair that you should be both devastatingly attractive and extremely talented.

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