Are you more spiritual than a fifth grader?

Tough question, with arguably an even tougher answer. Karl Haffner, senior pastor at Kettering Adventist Church in Kettering, Ohio, will pose this question—inspired the Jeff Foxworthy television show of a similar name—to students and church members during Power Pac Weekend,  February 27 through March 1.

Haffner is also an award-winning author of 12 books, including Caught Between Two Worlds, Diaper University, Out of the Hot Tub and The Cure for the Last Daze. As if that weren’t enough, Haffner is also the teaching host for the television series Kingdom Living on Loma Linda Broadcasting Network.

An avid golfer and traveler, Haffner balances serious business and leisure, all the while looking for better ways to communicate God’s grace and acceptance with whomever he has the chance to talk to.

According to his website, Haffner holds a love for fitness, participating in marathons whenever possible. On the flip side, he also refers to himself as “an M&M connoisseur,” and asserts that he’s “crazy about his wife, Cherié, and his daughters, Lindsey and Claire,” and dreams of a golf match with Phil Mickelson.

“I'd like to focus on every student nurturing a personal, daily, intimate relationship with Jesus,” said Haffner. “In other words, I'm not sure of the ultimate value of gathering to talk about Jesus—as rich as that is—unless it translates into people engaged in a vibrant, daily devotional relationship with Jesus.”

Haffner will base his talks on his book, Are You More Spiritual than a 5th Grader. The book repackages a series by Morris Venden that Haffner heard and loved when he was in the fifth grade. One of the things that attracted him to the message is its simplicity. “When I started the book with my daughter, she was in the fifth grade. Morrie’s simple but profound message of Righteousness by Faith alone is accessible to grade-schoolers and retirees.” 

During the Power Pac weekend, the main focus will be about how “every season of salvation—justification (being saved from our past sins), sanctification (finding victory over sin each day) and glorification (being delivered from this world of sin)—is all about Jesus and His grace.”

The messages will correlate with his talks earlier in February for the One Project gatherings in Seattle.

For Haffner, this topic serves more than just ticking the boxes on what a week of prayer should have. “I don’t want a Power Pac weekend, but want to try and give folks the tools to make every day a Power Pac day, every week a week of prayer.”  

The services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27; 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28; and 9:15 a.m. and noon on Saturday, March 1, at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College. The church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott and the events are all free and open to the public.

Each talk will also be webcast live at uclive.ucollege.edu.

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