Core Training #2 – Bite Back

Bite Back campaign is mobilizing youth around the country to purchase mosquito nets to protect African children from malaria. Many people don’t know but malaria is killing more children in Africa than AIDS. Malaria is extremely preventable and not very expensive to remedy.

This campaign gives us all a social issue to fight for. It gives us hope. It gives us a chance to be responsible as God’s blessed children and share these blessings with others.

Bite Back is easy and anyone can do it. For just $10, you can provide a bed net to protect a child for about three years. But you are also paying for insecticide, and medications. That is a lot for just $10. I would encourage everyone to fight for this! You can make a donation today here. Or you can become an activist and spread the word about this campaign with the resources at this website.

To learn more about Malaria – here are a few more informative websites.

Here is a video from Youtube about Bite Back:

Unsettling News: High School Graduation Rates


Only 1 of 2 students graduate high school in US cities: study
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Three out of 10 US public school students do not graduate from high school, and major city school districts only graduate one out of two students, according to a study released Tuesday.

According to many news sources-like this one– (and not like the Y! article that I mentioned above) and a study cited in the articles done by EPE Research Center and the America Promise Alliance, US HS graduation rates are often over-inflated. When you hear many schools around the nation say that they have 80% or high graduation rate, the number could be misleading. There are several various ways schools measure the “graduation rate.” Law-makers are pushing to unify the definition and measurements devices used to determine graduation rates nationwide.
The study showed that in larger city schools graduation rate is close to and sometimes right below 50% while in sub-urban schools it is closer to 70% and in the rural areas closer to 75%.
Here is a full extensive report/ PDF if you are interested.

This is concerning and startling. It surprises me too because on one end of the spectrum, in America, we have high competition and stress about which college/university students should be going to to get the best education and a mindset that High School is just a brief stepping stone (of course “you are GOING to graduate High School, you are going to college!!”) I have spent a lot of my life a part of and around this group of people. I was apart of it. I am grateful of my parents and their financial help to get me through to receive my BA. They have left me to get my MA, on my own, which is okay. But now I am starting to feel the pressure. And I am starting to relate to the other end of the spectrum. But I am no where near he point where I can self-righteously say I can relate to not having a High School Diploma. That would be tough especially in today’s economy and the job competition I was talking about earlier. Some times as very fortunate people, living in and around other fortunate people, we often forget about the other guys who are not as fortunate. So I am calling for prayers and support for people who have tough situations and do not finish High School. The cities are tough places. So let’s support Urban Youth Ministries.

Studying the Bible and Theology


Kudos and Props again to Reclaiming The Mind Ministries and their Parchment and Pen Theology Blog. This website and blog has continually provided solid material and great theology training. Today’s blog. I am going to explain this chart above in my own words but first I want to send you to a free video from RTM Ministries website that helps explain this chart (Introduction to Theology workbook PDF File).
“…the process of how we go about “doing”theology… learning this process was the most valuable thing in all of seminary” says Reclaiming the Mind President Michael Patton.

I love this chart!

Freebie Friday: Free Online Theology Classes



Reclaiming the Mind Ministries has an awesome resource online:
They call it “263 Theology Questions and Answers on Videos.”
This part of the ministry is basically free online theology classes. It comes with a free PDFs (like this one) file and powerpoints (like this one) and other vocabulary quiz/activities (like this one) that you can follow along with. I try to go to this website once a week and watch two or three videos. It is great! I am learning a lot of stuff here and thought you might like it too.
Reclaiming the mind also has several other cool ministries:
1. Conversing with Scholars – live chat/audio conferences with top scholars/theologians
2. Parchment and Pen blog – this blog has a lot of great deep stuff, I get articles from them a lot
3. Online Theology Classes (that you pay for) for certification and credit
4. Theological papers and article archive

I encourage you to check out Reclaiming the Mind

In Christ
Alex Dolin