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4 Small Group Sins that Can Sabotage Your Leadership

It’s that time of year again.

The leaves are beginning to change. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has arrived. School bells are ringing. And small groups are in full swing.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been asking YOU to answer some of the dirty-dog-difficult questions of small group leaders on Facebook. With such an incredible online community, we’re inviting you to weigh in on some of the toughest Bible study problems.

Don’t agree with the advice offered? Add your own insights in the comments, below.

I have a member who says she wants to be part of the small group, but lacks commitment and consistency. How should I best respond? Continue Reading...

How Your God-Given Dream Can Become a Reality

Jan Haney was worshiping at a Women of Faith event in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2008 when she couldn’t shake the thought:

“Why can’t we bring something like this to our church for women in our community at a price everyone can afford?” Continue Reading...

The Secret Gift to Growing Older

I recently had my Bible rebound.

I’ve had it for well-over a decade and it’s literally traveled tens of thousands of miles with me—physically and spiritually.

It’s pages provided comfort during the long dark winters in Alaska, hope during times of transition when we returned to Colorado, and wisdom for various steps along the way. In the end, I had the wrinkled pages of my Bible pressed, additional blank pages added to the back, five new ribbons, and a genuine leather cover that smells, well, like fresh cow skin.

Yum.

But in all honesty, what I was really paying for were the things money couldn’t buy: the years of notes, the prayer lists, the underlined and circled passages, the dates where particular scriptures were the most impactful. Continue Reading...

Why Are There So Many Unintended Consequences?

One thing I’ve been discovering lately is the role of unintended consequences in my own life.

Leif and I talk about this often. Continue Reading...

10 Things to Know before You Escape from Alcatraz

We had been looking forward to Leif's escape from Alcatraz for over a year. Continue Reading...