3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Create a Safe Environment | Part 5

October 14, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Create a Safe Environment | Part 5

The third element of discipleship is creating a safe environment. (See the introduction to this article here.) Create a Safe Environment Discipleship is personal, so it’s important to create a safe environment where disciples can explore and grow. Here are three tips for creating safety: Meet in a Safe Place It isn’t always easy to […]


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3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Stress Application | Part 4

The second element of disciple-making is stressing application. (See the introduction to this article here.) Stress Application It’s understandable to want to use a prepared Bible study. They often require much less preparation time. But few prepared studies will meet disciples where they are, and they seldom stress application. While it’s crucial to teach doctrine, […]


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3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Ask Good Questions | Part 3

October 9, 2015 | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Disciple-Making: Ask Good Questions | Part 3

The first element of discipleship is asking good questions. (See the introduction to this article here.) Ask Good Questions Whether you’re doing a prepared study in a small group or simply handling new believer questions, it’s important to ask good questions. Good questions move the conversation forward, call disciples to discover truth for themselves, require […]


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  Making Disciples I had been a Christian for exactly one week when some people at a church I was trying out invited me to lunch. Having been a very successful (read: worldly) pagan, I had no idea what to expect. What I met was a group of crazy, wonderful, dedicated people who welcomed me […]


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Leading a Dynamic Bible Study

September 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Leading a Dynamic Bible Study

SmallGroups.com is offering their excellent training tool Leading a Dynamic Bible Study   for half price for a limited time. This is a package of five of their training packages, so offers you a treasure trove of resources–enough to train your leaders for a full year or more. I have several articles in the various […]


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Grin With Grace

August 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Grin With Grace

Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously. Sometimes I get offended a little to easily. Sometimes I judge a little too quickly. But admit it. You do too. We all need to appropriate a little grace. Grin with Grace is a 12-week women’s bible study on grace by Kathy Carlton Willis. She has organized […]


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A Commentary on Exodus

March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on A Commentary on Exodus

I love the Old Testament. I love Exodus. So I was excited when I was asked to review Commentary on Exodus, A (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Duane A. Garrett. This massive tome is absolutely full of useful information. I love the history section. Garrett devotes a substantial amount of ink to the history and culture […]


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What does God have in mind for Israel? That’s a question many are asking today. We get a lot of political opinions, and more than a few “religious” opinions. But do we have an answer? Darrell Bock and Mitch Glaser suggest that we can know from Scripture and history what God’s plans for Israel are. […]


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Bucking the Video Bible Study Trend

December 6, 2014 | Comments Off on Bucking the Video Bible Study Trend

Video Bible studies have become popular among many small groups. These include anything from the study’s author teaching the full lesson, to a short devotional type commentary from the author, to a local pastor creating a video to accompany his or her church’s small groups. Leaders and small-group pastors seem to love these, and with […]


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Check out the New SmallGroups.com

August 7, 2014 | Comments Off on Check out the New SmallGroups.com

  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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