The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

June 22, 2017 | Comments Off on The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

  Do you know the difference between a Sunday community and a real community? I had never thought much about this question before reading The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in the Community Setting. I used to aim for what I thought was real community in my small groups and discipleship, but frankly, real […]


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Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did

I don’t usually review evangelism books, but Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did intrigued me as it offered a different approach. Randy Newman is a career staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), so engages with a lot of skeptical students in his work. He found that the old “tell […]


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It is my pleasure to welcome my friend and mentor, Michael Mack as today’s guest blogger. Mike is the author of  I’m a Leader . . . Now What? How to Guide an Effective Small Group and editor of the Help! Guide series, of which Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging […]


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(This is Part 3. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here) They are caregivers, often stressed and “smooshed.” Baby Boomers may have completed their child-rearing responsibilities, but many are now taking care of grandchildren. In 2008, 2.6 million Boomer grandparents were raising their grandchildren, while many more help with childcare so their adult children […]


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Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation (Pt. 2)

July 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation (Pt. 2)

(This is Part 2. See Part 1 here). What are some characteristics that define Baby Boomers? They are the fittest generation. As they’ve passed each decade milestone, they’ve challenged it. Today, as the oldest Boomers reach beyond their mid-60s, many claim that 60 is the new 40. Indeed, because of an immense emphasis on fitness, […]


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(This is the first in a three part series on ministering to Baby Boomers). People born between 1946 and 1964 are known as baby Boomers. Born in the 18 years following World War II, Boomers have been until recently the largest and most influential generation in history, making them known as the “me” generation. From […]


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The Challenge of Challenging People

February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on The Challenge of Challenging People

Recently my friend, Mike Mack posted my article The Challenge of Challenging People on his blog, Small Group Leadership. I’ve previously post a longer version of this article in the resources section here. If you’re dealing with a group of wounded, challenging people, I invite you to print either the short or the long version and […]


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I’m really excited about the latest download offered by SmallGroups.com. It’s called Multigenerational Small Groups and features articles from a variety of authors, including yours truly. Each article covers a different generation, from Seniors to Gen Next and everything in between. My article is called Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation: How small-group leaders can minister […]


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As a small group or church leader, do you ever run across a person with a mixed worldview? A Christian who can’t articulate the fundamentals of their faith? A Christian whose values and beliefs are blended with beliefs of other faiths or worldviews? Or perhaps you are discipling a person who holds onto lies and […]


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In this third week of Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we come to this wonderful passage on our identity. I remember loving this passage a young Christian. Like Sue (as she notes in the book), I had been an unplanned, unwanted and wrong sex child who experienced a lot of shame and abuse as […]


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