Check out the New SmallGroups.com

August 7, 2014 | Comments Off

  Christianity Today has totally redesigned the SmallGroups.com website.  Check it out. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you aren’t familiar with SmallGroups.com, it is the premiere site for small group leaders and pastors. They boast thousands of articles and Bible studies. According to managing editor Amy Jackson, “Our goal was to make it […]

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If you’re looking for a comprehensive commentary on Judges and Ruth, this is it. Written by Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., department chair and professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and senior Old Testament editor for the New English Translation, A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library) is an excellent resource […]

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Warfare in the Old Testament

April 25, 2014 | Comments Off

What did warfare look like in Israel during the time of Joshua, Judges, David, and Isaiah? What about the other Ancient Near East militaries? How were they the same? Different? OK, call me a geek, but I love this stuff. I’ve written Bible studies on the books of Joshua and Isaiah and on the armor […]

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If you’re a pastor, Bible study leader, or student looking for an excellent Old Testament survey, this is it. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible by Jason S. DeRouchie (ed.) is another of the gorgeous Kegel Academic publications. It’s simple enough for the non-seminary trained among us, but […]

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It’s another Charts book! This time on Paul. In April I reviewed Kregel Academic’s book of Charts on the Book of Hebrews. I loved it, and feel the same about this book. I wish I had had this book when I took my New Testament class last year. It sure would have made my life […]

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Jesus the Messiah

May 27, 2013 | Comments Off

Did you ever wonder what Jesus’ contemporaries understood about the Messiah or how they missed him? With the advantage of hindsight, it seems so obvious that he was the fulfillment of all the prophesies. How did they miss it? But we start deductively, knowing who Jesus is from the NT and therefore seeing the clear […]

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Sheryl Giesbrecht’s life sounds a lot like mine. Maybe a lot like yours, too. Maybe like someone you are ministering to. Do you ever get the idea that your lot is somehow harder than everyone else’s? I do. I compare my problems with my friend’s successes. I compare my not-so-good health to my friend who […]

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Last month I reviewed Sue Edwards’ Bible Study on Revelation. This month this busy woman has released a study on the book of Ephesians as part of Kregel Publications’ Discover Together series. This insightful Bible study uses the example of Paul’s church in Ephesus to show readers how they can be victorious Christians, living in […]

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I often have a hard time finding materials for discipleship, especially discipleship aimed at motivating lifestyle changes. It’s just too easy to hide under “looking good” and “sounding good” these days. Wendy Alsup challenges this mindset with her book, The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood Through the Lens of the Gospel. She suggests that we […]

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Studying Revelation

March 25, 2013 | Comments Off

Is your small group considering a study on the book of Revelation? If so, you might want to consider a new study guide written by Sue Edwards, who also wrote the study on 1 Peter  I reviewed last year. Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity is written for women, as are all of Sue’s […]

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