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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Good news! I’ve  permanently reduced the price for my book, Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging Group Members to $5.99 when you order through Mighty Oak Ministries. That’s a full $3.00 off the retail price. So as you prepare for your small groups in the fall, consider ordering one or more […]


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Warfare in the Old Testament

April 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Warfare in the Old Testament

What did warfare look like in Israel during the time of Joshua, Judges, David, and Isaiah? What about the other Ancient Near East militaries? How were they the same? Different? OK, call me a geek, but I love this stuff. I’ve written Bible studies on the books of Joshua and Isaiah and on the armor […]


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Happy Birthday to Why Didn’t You Warn Me!

February 8, 2014 | Comments Off on Happy Birthday to Why Didn’t You Warn Me!

    The Why Didn’t You Warn Me? website turns seven on February 12! How can that be? Seems like just yesterday I was writing the book and creating the website. I’ve appreciated your support over the years. We’ve shared lots of ideas and built a bit of a community in the process. No, I’m not going […]


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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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What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’s Bible

January 20, 2014 | Comments Off on What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’s Bible

If you’re a pastor, Bible study leader, or student looking for an excellent Old Testament survey, this is it. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible by Jason S. DeRouchie (ed.) is another of the gorgeous Kegel Academic publications. It’s simple enough for the non-seminary trained among us, but […]


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Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul

July 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul

It’s another Charts book! This time on Paul. In April I reviewed Kregel Academic’s book of Charts on the Book of Hebrews. I loved it, and feel the same about this book. I wish I had had this book when I took my New Testament class last year. It sure would have made my life […]


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Jesus the Messiah

May 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Jesus the Messiah

Did you ever wonder what Jesus’ contemporaries understood about the Messiah or how they missed him? With the advantage of hindsight, it seems so obvious that he was the fulfillment of all the prophesies. How did they miss it? But we start deductively, knowing who Jesus is from the NT and therefore seeing the clear […]


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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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Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose for Christ

April 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose for Christ

Last month I reviewed Sue Edwards’ Bible Study on Revelation. This month this busy woman has released a study on the book of Ephesians as part of Kregel Publications’ Discover Together series. This insightful Bible study uses the example of Paul’s church in Ephesus to show readers how they can be victorious Christians, living in […]


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