Archives For Scouting the Divine

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I love the way God is at work and even uses a tiny sheep to accomplish his purposes.

For those of you who have read Scouting the Divine or been through the six-week Bible study, then you're familiar with Lynne, the shepherdess, who I spent time with her and flock unpacking Scriptural truths.

Lynne and I continue to keep in touch, and I recently received the following note from her regarding a small sheep named Piaget. This precious creature was near death and Lynne nursed her back to life as a loving shepherdess.

While other shepherds would have given up on Piaget, Lynne never did--even waking in the middle of the night to crawl in the pen to be with Piaget.

Their story offers a rich portrait of God's tender love for us.

Here is an update from Lynne on how God is still using Piaget for his purposes:

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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...

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Let’s be honest. People who attend Bible studies have often been to more than one. Some have been to dozens. With all the books, studies, sermons, podcasts, and daily devotionals, it can be hard for any single Bible lesson to stick in people’s minds and hearts.

Yet there’s one easy and amazing way to lead a Bible study that no one will ever forget. Continue Reading...

The One Resource You Shouldn’t Be Without

Readers often ask me what my typical regimen looks like when I’m researching for books and Bible studies.

The truth is—it always looks different.

For the book and Bible study for Scouting the Divine, my research was hands on. Leif and I visited a shepherdess in Oregon, a beekeeper in southern Colorado, a farmer in Nebraska, and a grape-grower in Napa Valley, California. I latched on to each new friend’s words and insights, hungry to unwrap the goodness of Scripture once again.

Other times you’ll find me hankered down on my well-worn green couch with a daunting stack of books nearby, pouring over used commentaries I scored off Amazon.

Still other times, I sign Leif and me up for crazy-pants adventures like the time we traveled to Croatia to pick olives. And sometimes my research isn’t formal at all—chance conversations on golf courses, finding pixie dust on my favorite trail, and sitting in a hardened pew on a Sunday morning.

But I can’t help but shout out about one of my favorite and most-useful research tools: Logos Bible Software.

This downloadable Bible software is a must-have investment for all pastors, teachers, and writers who long to dig deep into Scripture. Logos Bible Software 5 is a high-end desktop app that helps people study the Bible in ways that fit their lives. Logos 5 digs deep into the Bible and hundreds of books with fast, precise searches, rich original language tools, and a smart theological library on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android.

Here are 5 of my favorite features of the Logos 5 Bible Software: Continue Reading...