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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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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Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation (Pt. 4)

August 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Baby Boomers: A Complex Generation (Pt. 4)

They are not religious. A 1993 Time magazine article reported that about 42 percent of baby boomers were dropouts from formal religion, a third had never strayed from church, and one-fourth of boomers were returning to religious practice. However, Richard Ostling notes that the boomers returning to religion are “usually less tied to tradition and […]


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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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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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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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The State of the Small Group Movement

August 25, 2015 | Comments Off on The State of the Small Group Movement

SmallGroups.com has just released a thought-provoking free e-book on The State of the Small Group Movement.  The booklet takes a hard look at what’s working in small groups and what isn’t. Four authors are fairly critical of the movement, which seems to have delivered less than it promised over the years. For example, Alan Danielson […]


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