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Bible study, theology, exegesis, and hermeneutics

Why I Won’t Call Your Friend With Breast Cancer

Over the last year, I’ve received dozens of emails from people asking me to reach out to their friend with breast cancer. Those requests are well meaning and often stem out of a desperate cry of wanting to help but not knowing what to do or what to say.

I am so sorry for your friend. Really, I am.

But I won’t call your friend with breast cancer… Continue Reading...

It’s Time to Select Your Spring Bible Study (And FREE gifts)

Your Bible study and small group are moving along. You’re diving into Scripture. You’re getting to know each other better. People are opening up. You’re having Aha! moments through the teaching and homework. But now you’ve scooted your way toward the end of the study.

What’s next?

What if joy is more than you imagined? What if we could really know the right things to say or do when our friends face difficult circumstances? Continue Reading...

The Secret to Creating the Best Bible Study


I often receive emails that read something like this:

Your Bible study must be filmed in front of a green screen or altered in post-production. It is just too gorgeous to be real, right?

One of my favorite parts of a new Bible study is dreaming about the locations and backdrops of filming. I’m so grateful for crews who ensure each study is filmed in downright beautiful locations—even if it means dealing with noisy tourists, wild critters, and drastic temperature drops.

Check out a few screenshots from Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God 7-Session DVD Bible Study, filmed in Banff National Park outside of Alberta, Canada:

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How To Launch The Best Bible Study Ever

How does your church launch small groups for the fall?

I had the opportunity to hang out with the ladies from Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado, during their fall Bible study kick-off. They had the best idea for launching small group ministries, I just have to share. Continue Reading...

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...