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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Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting

December 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting

Here’s a topic we don’t see in a lot of books or seminary classrooms – preaching on sexual pain. Dr. Sam Serio (DMin), a Christian counselor, pastor, author, and speaker, is well-equipped to train pastors and teachers on this sensitive topic. Serio estimates that 60 to 80 percent of all adults (sixteen years or older) […]


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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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Get Back Up: Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down

April 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Get Back Up: Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down

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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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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A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. That’s how I felt before I took New Testament Greek 1 in seminary. And frankly, it’s how I felt when I finished Greek 1. As a Bible study leader and writer, I would use the English/Greek tools and hope I was getting it right. I thought Greek […]


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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 many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder: How do I get started? Can I really lead a group? What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back?? What was I thinking, […]


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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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Don’t Suffer Alone

March 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Don’t Suffer Alone

  As Peter brings his letter to a close, he offers encouragement to his audience, both young and old. It seems that he’s saying that suffering is hard, so we need one another. He tells the older readers to be good examples, to shepherd the flock of God that is among them. Sue Edwards points […]


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