Fall is one of the most enjoyable times of year for my family and for the staff at SWO. We maintain a pretty busy schedule at camp, but the groups have a different dynamic. We get a lot of Christian schools bringing students in for fall retreats. These groups pose a unique challenge because the students have a lot of knowledge of the bible, but often are numb to the life-transforming power of the Gospel. I have been challenged a lot lately from 1 Corinthians 2 to understand that, no matter how great of a knowledge I have of the bible, the Holy Spirit must give me discernment and bring conviction to my life. Otherwise, the Bible is just a textbook. This explains how even nonbelievers can have a pretty good knowledge of the bible and be unmoved by it’s power. I want to surrender to the authority of the Scripture and receive the discernment of the Holy Spirit. The bible is NOT a textbook. It is life and revelation and power. Submit to it.
Brody speaks on idolatry at a SWO winter retreat from Exodus 32. The people of Israel began to worship the gifts that God gave them instead of the Creator and Giver of those gifts. God is jealous for our love and worship, and He will not share His glory with another.