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phil-tuttlePhil Tuttle: Welcome to my blog! For those of you new to the site, I am the President of Walk Thru the Bible, an organization based in Atlanta, GA, dedicated to igniting a passion for God's Word—here in the U.S. and throughout the world. In this blog you'll find a crazy blend of random thoughts, bizarre humor, and even an occasional deep insight.

Please jump into the discussion because, as we all know, a conversation is way more fun than a monologue.


 

The Little Things

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite churches in the whole world, Second Baptist in Houston, Texas. A couple other Walk Thru instructors, Rich Leland and Steve Keyes, and I were privileged to introduce over 800 teachers and Bible study leaders to our two excellent teacher training courses, The Seven Laws of the Learner and Teaching with Style. The response was off the charts and it was obvious that the men and women who participated have a sincere passion to become better communicators of God's Word and see more lives transformed by its truths.

This was probably about my tenth visit during the past fifteen years, but my association with Second Baptist goes all the way back to the late 80's when Ellen and I were serving our first church in Central Illinois. We lived in a town that was pretty isolated by American standards. There was no local ministerial association and I was the only pastor on staff trying to keep up with the demands of a growing congregation. We would often come home on Sunday night after a very full day and exhaustedly plop down on our couch. We didn't have cable TV for the first few years so we only got one channel. That's when we were introduced to Dr. Ed Young through his broadcast, The Fellowship of Excitement, a ministry of Second Baptist. Dr.Young became my pastor, and his weekly encouragement helped keep me from quitting the ministry and finding a career that offered more measurable results. So, every time I minister at Second Baptist in Houston I feel like I'm going home. I also feel like in some small way I'm repaying a debt to the church that unselfishly shared their pastor with me all the way up in the cornfields of Illinois.

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Redwoods

I lost my mind in the woods today. OK, that's not 100% accurate. What I meant to say was, "I got lost in my thoughts in the woods today."

Ellen and I were in northern California near Santa Cruz where I spoke at Mount Hermon Conference Center. I think this was our fifth visit and each time I am more impressed by the mission, staff, and setting of Mount Hermon. Check out their website at www.mounthermon.org to learn more about all they have to offer individuals, families, and churches.

RedwoodsAside from the perfect 75 degree and 0% humidity climate, my favorite part of this area is the awe-inspiring redwoods that tower over every manmade structure. Ellen and I went hiking through a local state park, just letting ourselves be overwhelmed by God's creative genius. The largest living redwood in the park is 285 feet tall and about 16 feet wide and has been faithfully directing people's attention heavenward for somewhere between 1400 and 1800 years.

I was already pretty deep in thought when we walked up to a cutaway section of a tree that fell in 1934. The sign explained that each ring represented a year's growth and someone had painstakingly counted more than 2,000 rings. Pins with labels marked certain major events in American and world history. The founding of our country in 1776 was barely inside the bark. Columbus' exploration of the new world was a few inches more toward the center but still appeared relatively recent.

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Just Another Confirmation

What a weekend! We just hosted 31 instructor trainees who were learning to teach either our Walk Thru the Old Testament or Walk Thru the New Testament live events. That's the biggest group we've had in years, and just another confirmation that God has huge plans for these life changing resources.

What a thrill to see men and women so passionate about connecting adults, students, and kids with the Bible and its Author! They all came in with a specific plan of where they would use this tool in their own ministries, but God totally stretched their vision as they realized how flexible and adaptable these events can be.

I was especially excited to see the response of the new instructors in their 20's and 30's. We were beta testing our brand new workbook and visuals, and the response was off the charts. It was kind of like when my wife fixes lasagna using my mom's timeless recipe but serves it up on gorgeous new dishes to our 20-year-old son and his ravenous friends. We're talking feeding frenzy!

Please pray for these new instructors as they prepare to teach their first live events. One is a church planter who plans to reach out to seekers who are curious as to what the Bible is all about. Another is a career soldier with huge opportunities to impact the lives of thousands who serve in our military. Several others are Christian school teachers who actually believe Bible should be, and now can be, the most fun and exciting course of the day.

Such a diverse group in age, denomination, ethnicity, and ministry niche. But they all share a common heart to connect people to God through His Word. If you ask me, I'd say our life changing resources have never been in better hands.

I know I'm not the only one excited about how our live events are changing lives. What about you? How did our events impact you? Leave your comments below...

What do you think?

Things look a little different around here, don't they?

What's changed? Well, a lot and not much all at the same time. We're still the same ministry that has been dedicated to helping people everywhere live God's Word. We're still intensely passionate, even after 35 years, about igniting a passion for God's Word in people all over the world. We know there is nothing more effective in creating life change than God's Word—and we know you know it too. We believe that discipleship is more than simply making converts; it's helping people cultivate a growing relationship with God.

A passion for God's Word matters at any stage of life—regardless of your age, economic level, nationality, or where you are in your faith walk, we all need our passion for God and His Word to be stirred in our hearts.

Now that I've told you what hasn't changed, here's what has: how we communicate with you and the people around you. Our look is updated, our message is a little clearer and we're moving into the 21st century (some of us kicking and screaming) by embracing social media and updated technology. But, don't worry—we promise not to leave anyone behind.

Take a look around our site and let us know what you think—check out the Global Impact section to read about the difference God's Word is making around the world; look at the resources we offer for small groups; and find a Walk Thru the Old Testament live event near you so you can finally put all the pieces of the Bible together.

Watch this video to find out more about our mission and our work around the world—it explains it much better than I can!

So . . . what do you think?

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