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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...

Bet You Didn’t Know These 5 Facts about John’s Gospel

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with John’s poetic and captivating writing style. I poured over his gospel in preparation for the 6 session DVD Bible study, Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John.

You know,

If you want theology, read Paul.

If you want ethics, read James.

But if you want love, read John. [Tweet this]

Before we begin, here are 5 things you should know about John’s Gospel: Continue Reading...

Do You Truly Believe? Lessons from Exploring Israel

A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Israel.

Now I know lots of friends who have traveled to Israel and they describe it as their most meaningful spiritual experience. Places you’ve read about in the Scripture take on a whole new meaning when you encounter the places mentioned in the Bible firsthand. [Tweet this]

It’s one thing to read about the Dead Sea. But it’s another thing to put on a swimsuit, climb along the slippery rocky shores and immerse yourself in a body of water where  you can’t help but float while also discovering every little cut on your body stinging because of the salt content.

It’s one thing to read about Jesus on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples, but it’s another thing to be riding along in a small fishing boat on the Galilee when the clouds turn dark and a storm rolls in. Continue Reading...

Did You Know? 4 Things You’ll Want to Know About John 20-21

Welcome to Week Six of Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John. This summer, we’re digging deep into God’s Word and praying that with a word, passage, or story we will be wonderstruck by Scripture and fall in love with the Bible once again, or maybe for the first time.

Here are four things you will want to know before diving into John 20-21: Continue Reading...

This Fourth of July, Don’t Forget Whose You Are

Recently I was invited to a gathering of three dozen religious leaders where we dove into to the hottest and most controversial topics in the church. To be honest, I didn’t say a word. It was one of the conversations where I didn’t think anything I said would have moved the conversation forward.

I sat in silence.

A far less controversial question surfaced in the midst of the debate, “What is the core message of all that you write and teach?” [Tweet this]

And as people shared, I realized that my core message was different than everyone else in the room. I had that sneaking suspicion that, “One of these things is not like the other.”

For more than an hour people shared, and I, I sat in silence. Eventually we were dismissed.

And as I look back on that experience, I keep asking myself, “Why didn’t I speak up?” Continue Reading...