How to Choose Discussion Questions

Last week a small group Bible study leader asked me how I choose discussion questions from workbooks. These workbooks typically have chapters with five or six daily lessons that group members complete at home and plan to discuss when they meet. You can’t ask all the questions: there isn’t time. But it’s essential to get through all […]

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New Free Resources

I’ve posted four free new resources this week for personal Bible study and for small groups: ‘The Story: Personal Journal’ for iPad & Kindle There’s now a new version of The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide which doesn’t require a printer. You can type answers and check off checkboxes from your computer, iPad, or Kindle Fire […]

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Make Room to Grow

Last spring I decided to grow lettuce because I was tired of tossing bags of limp leaves from the refrigerator when I was hoping to make a salad or sandwich wrap. I knew I’d have to use clay pots near our house since rabbits would devour lettuce farther away, so I checked how many I […]

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The Complaining Fast

The first sunny Saturday after two weeks of rain, I donned blue gardening gloves, grabbed  weeding fork and  pronged hoe, and headed to the backyard. I found the variegated nasturtiums I’d sown around the now gone summer annuals had sprouted nicely, but so had clumps of dark red oxalis, thick sprigs of mint, and sprays […]

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‘The Story’ Guide Now More Accessible in Chapters

Recently, several churches told me they needed The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide split into individual chapters they could post on their website and/or print weekly. I’ve posted the chapters, which could be useful to others who don’t have that particular need. Perhaps you’d like to view some of the key chapters to decide […]

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A Christmas Poem

I wrote this poem in celebration of Christmas when the Word of God became flesh and was born among us. *** Word in beginning, all things through him made; Word was with God and was God, yet he weighed Cost of redeeming lost man from the grave: Word became flesh, so that man he could […]

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Learning from Betrayal

A young woman recently asked about betrayal: After praying and fasting, I clearly felt God’s blessing on a dating relationship. But when we were about to get engaged a year later, he confessed the marriage would be a cover for his active gay lifestyle. How does one get past God letting us think he’s leading […]

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Did Joshua Cause Leap Years?

This question came up in my summer Bible study on The Story: Did Joshua cause leap years by praying for the sun to stop? Christians naturally want to pass along any information that might influence agnostic friends to trust the Bible. That’s great when the details are solid, but sometimes inaccurate claims bounce around, and […]

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Telescoped Genealogies: Was Rahab the Mother of Boaz?

Recently in a discussion about the Bible’s book of Ruth, this question came up: Was Rahab the mother of Boaz? Rahab, you probably remember, was the Canaanite prostitute who hid the Israelite spies. In the book of Ruth, the young Moabitess Ruth cares for her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. Both are destitute widows. Ruth accompanies Naomi […]

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We Will Bear Fruit

Jesus taught us he is a vine and we are his branches. As long as we remain in him, we will bear fruit, for we have a heavenly Father as vinedresser, pruning and caring for us. It may take time for a branch to bear fruit, but our Father knows what he’s about, and as […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 5

Part five of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story What happens when we know what’s right to do, but doing it is a struggle? I resonate with Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 4

Part four of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story How do we courageously obey God when obedience is risky? I find help in Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately started on his way when […]

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