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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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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A Commentary on Judges and Ruth | Excellent, but Not for the Faint at Heart

May 31, 2014 | Comments Off on A Commentary on Judges and Ruth | Excellent, but Not for the Faint at Heart

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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A Comprehensive New Testament Commentary

February 5, 2013 | Comments Off on A Comprehensive New Testament Commentary

What commentaries do you use when preparing for your small group? I usually pull several from my well-stocked shelf. Then I spend hours preparing for an hour teaching and discussion. Yep, overkill. Almost all the time. It’s a challenge because I love studying and could spend my whole week perusing every book I own. But […]


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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 fourth lesson of Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we come to what I consider to be some of the most difficult verses in the Bible. I am, by nature and heritage, a fighter. I feel justice deeply within my soul and spirit. Even as a child, I would get in trouble for […]


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Dan Lentz has a great article on Small Group Dynamics called “Why ‘Lay’ Small-Group Leaders Should Carry ‘Clergy’ Business Cards.” He makes the point that the distinctions between “lay” and “clergy” are counter-productive. Amen, Dan! This has been one of my soapboxes for most of my Christian career. In every church that I’ve been a […]


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