Spiritual Life

When God Is Silent …


Sometimes God seems silent and distant. Let’s just admit it. We cry out for his help, for answers, for him to come through for us, and … nothing. Or so it seems. This can feel defeating, disheartening, lonely. But there are answers. I take some solace in the fact that people in Bible times also went though times of silence …

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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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Small Group Leaders

Summer Small Groups: Some’re Here, Some Aren’t


What is your small group doing this summer? Did you know that summer can actually be the BEST time for small groups? It’s a great time to get outside together, serve together, do more socially together, play together, learn some new things together. What’s the key word here? That’s right … together! Here are some ideas: Pull out your calendars now …

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Small Group Leaders

Does Your Small Group Have the Igor Syndrome?


Many small groups are like Igor in Young Frankenstein. One of my favorite scenes in the movie shows Igor, played by Marty Feldman, and Dr. Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder, talking. Dr. Frankenstein says, “You know, I’m a brilliant surgeon. I can help you with that hump.” To which Igor responds in perfect deadpan, “What hump?” This happens so often …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Small Group Dudes Are Talking About Small Group Vital Signs


I’m blessed to have partnered with many people over the years who have in one way or another shaped my thinking about small groups, community, discipleship, and ministry. I’ve been to the same conferences with many of them, been a part of the same teams and networks, and hung out together over dinner just talking life. I’ve read many of …

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Spiritual Life

How to Win the War with Yourself — The Secret of the Third Force


Do you ever find yourself in a war with yourself? I have. In fact, I sense I’m in the battle right now. We all do. King David did. Often this battle is waged between what seem to be two opposing forces inside of us, but there is a third force that trumps those two. Yesterday I read Psalm 22, in …

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Spiritual Life

How I Prepare to Spend Time with God


As I sat down to spend time with my Father this morning, I went through a ritual of sorts. Not the kind of dead ritual of thoughtless, purposeless religious duty, but a heart-felt practice I’ve developed over the years. I share it here hoping that you may find something that helps you drawl closer to God each day. This is …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group


Larry Baxter, Small Groups Coordinator at Calvary Baptist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana, blogged recently about my newest book, Small Group Vital Signs and also posted the video of the session I led at Cincinnati Christian University last year. Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group I really appreciate the kind words! 

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David Roadcup on Small Group Vital Signs


Last April I had the privilege to lead a main session on small groups assessments at the Cincinnati Christian University Small Groups Conference. The theme of the conference was “Healthy Groups = Healthy Churches / Develop Your Growing Community.” My friend and partner in ministry David Roadcup spearheaded this conference. Here’s what David had to say about Small Group Vital …

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Reid Smith on Small Group Vital Signs


I’m excited to see that churches, groups, and individuals are not only reading Small Group Vital Signs but actually starting to use it in their ministries. I’ve had the opportunity to talk through it with a college class studying small groups as well as a group of small group ministers in Central Ohio. Today, I’m sharing the words of one …

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