Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

April 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

Are you planning to lead a study on Daniel or Revelation? Or perhaps some of the prophets who have apocalyptic portions within their pages? If so, Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook by Richard A. Taylor might be a good addition to your library. This book is clearly an academic book. It’s part of the […]


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A Commentary on the Psalms (Vol 3)

August 2, 2016 | Comments Off on A Commentary on the Psalms (Vol 3)

As a teacher, trainer, and leader, I love having an excellent library at my fingertips—that way I can write or prep at midnight. Over the years, I’ve been able to build just such a library. Recently I was delighted to add a new commentary: A Commentary on the Psalms: 90-150 (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Allen […]


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What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of their Writings

May 9, 2016 | Comments Off on What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of their Writings

Back in 2014 I reviewed What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible, recommending  it as an excellent resource for Bible study leaders. Just recently I’ve had the opportunity to read the companion volume, What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. I highly recommend […]


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A Commentary On 1 & 2 Chronicles by Eugene H. Merrill

March 9, 2016 | Comments Off on A Commentary On 1 & 2 Chronicles by Eugene H. Merrill

A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles (Kregel Exegetical Library) is the third Old Testament commentary I have reviewed for Kregel (the others being A Commentary on Exodus (Kregel Exegetical Library) and A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library)). I found it to be the most challenging to read and assimilate–perhaps because that […]


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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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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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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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