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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Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation

January 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation

My primary interest these days is spiritual and therefore whole person transformation. I spend a lot of time reading, meditating, and praying about how best to help others become all they were created to be. And frankly, to help myself. A few years ago I discovered both new and older teaching on the human spirit. […]

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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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Stand Strong When Wronged – 1 Peter 3:13-4:6

February 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Stand Strong When Wronged – 1 Peter 3:13-4:6

Last week in our Sue Edwards Bible Study, we talked about peacemaking, especially in the face of persecution or unfairness. This week we continue along the same line. I was struck by verse 15, where Peter tells us “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” As I studied this week, I kept coming […]

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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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I hope you’ve enjoyed studying 1Peter this past week. This week we’re in the second lesson of Sue Edwards’ study, covering 1 Peter 1:13-2:3. It’s a wonderful section, especially verses 13-14. Remember that this letter is addressed to people under duress. To exiles in the government-instigated Diaspora. People who were being tested and tried in […]

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As I always try to do the first week or so of January, I’ve been praying a lot about my year. I’ve evaluated last year, rejoicing in the things that worked and critiquing the things that didn’t. What do I want to repeat in 2012? What do I want to avoid like the plague in […]

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