A Grace Disguised

One crucial teaching that must be deep in our gut in order to journey as a radical follower of Jesus is God’s grace disguised, a healthy theology of pain and suffering. Does that sound strange, wrong, morbid? It’s not because God’s abounding grace (His action love) often disguises itself in trials with problematic circumstances and … Read more

Accelerate Learning, Especially from the Bible

Have you ever struggled to pull up information that you have already learned? Anyone have a deep desire to know and understand the Bible, yet feels like it’s beyond you? I have Good News for you to accelerate learning! Experts tell us that storage is not the main problem. All our mind has previously stored … Read more

Difficult Conversations: Impact-Intent

Have you ever innocently said something, and the other attacks you as if you were an enemy? Impact-Intent… provides us with a handy lens to disentangle the difficult communication problems. God has called us into koinonia in community, both for our growth and to minister to others. Communication is the lubricant for any good relationship. … Read more

Did the Father Abandon His Son on the Cross? Absolutely NOT!

Did the Father abandon His Son on the cross? Absolutely NOT! Although this has been a troublesome passage over the years…at least for some, including me! After looking at Matthew 27:46, the great Reformer Martin Luther was heard to mutter: “God forsaking God! Who can understand it?” How do we resolve difficult Bible questions in … Read more

Group Size & Effective Small Group Christian Ministry

Group size matters in Christian groups! Recent studies suggest the power of smaller groups to bond and change. The University of Oxford anthropologist Robert Dunbar discovered that the number of people the average person could have in her social group is around a hundred and fifty. Anything beyond 150 would be too complicated to handle … Read more