I have to confess that science was one of my worst subjects in school. And the last time I took a science course was as an undergrad – let’s just say, a few years ago… So this book (provided by Kregel Publications) is not one I would ordinarily be attracted to. But since one of […]

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Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament

January 2, 2012 | Comments Off

The New Testament corrupt? What’s that about? I was given the opportunity to review Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament edited by Daniel B. Wallace of Dallas Theological Seminary and published by Kregal Publishers. When I signed up for the blog tour, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but I recognized Wallace […]

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Q Place Seeker Groups

August 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

I recently had coffee with Mary Schaller, President of Q Place (formerly Neighborhood Bible Studies). Q Place’s mission is to mobilize Christians to facilitate group discussions with spiritual seekers so they can find God as revealed in the Bible. Group leaders, called Initiators, cultivate a healthy small group process so that everyone in the group […]

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Pat is Speaking at BASS This Weekend

March 4, 2009 | Comments Off

I want to invite all readers in Northern California to join me at the Bay Area Church Workers Convention Thursday through Saturday (March 5-7) at the Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley. I’m teaching five workshops on small group leadership, including: Leading Dynamic Discussions (Friday, 12:00 m) Getting Started (Friday, 3:00 pm) From Here to Maturity […]

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Now That’s a Tough Question

April 9, 2008 | Comments Off

Are you ever been asked tough questions by small group members? Maybe it’s a theological question or a “why” question—“Why does evil exist?” Those can be challenging for most lay leaders, and it’s good to think about your principles for answering before you’re in the middle of the situation. Do you need to have the […]

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SF Bay Area Seeker Small Group Training

March 19, 2008 | Comments Off

If you live in the SF Bay area, you’ll want to know about the Seeker Small Group Training being conducted by Gary Poole, author of Seeker Small Groups, on April 12, 2008 from 8:45 a to 3:00 p. It is co-sponsored by Neighborhood Bible Studies and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.At the workship, you’ll learn how […]

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The Christian Post reports on a survey of the “unchurched” in America. The study found that most are willing to hear what people have to say about Christianity but a majority also sees the church as a place full of hypocrites. LifeWay Research studied 1,402 adults who were unchurched – those who had not attended […]

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The Columbo Tactic

September 18, 2007 | Comments Off

We recently attended the California Christian Apologetics Conference in Fremont and enjoyed several wonderful speakers. One was Greg Koukl, founder of Stand to Reason ministry, whose goal is to train Christians to be capable ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) with knowledge (an accurately informed mind), wisdom (an artful method), and character (an attractive manner). […]

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The Present Future—Part 1

June 11, 2007 | Comments Off

Our church recently went through the book The Present Future by Reggie McNeal. We’re committed to becoming more missional, and that means changes from top to bottom. My husband and I enjoyed a class devoted to studying the book and while I always enjoy learning something new, I experienced the most amazing feelings about the […]

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Party Theology

June 4, 2007 | Comments Off

Eric Bryant, elder, speaker, and navigator overseeing the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles explains “party theology” in an interview with Relevant.com. He says, Every year at Mosaic, Erwin (McManus) does a message on what we call “party theology.” It’s basically looking at Levi (his name later became Matthew). Not knowing any better, after […]

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