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Sunday Morning Dinner Party Experience

Let’s pretend that tonight you have to go to a dinner party. It’s not the kind of party you’re looking forward to, though. You’re going alone, you know very few people, if any, who will be there, and you fear you will end up making small talk with acquaintances all evening…

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Sleeping Under the Table

The first time I hosted a sleepover with my small group, we were still renting a small apartment. There were eight or nine 6th grade girls there, but they made enough noise for eighty or ninety….

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Shedding Light

I love light. In the evening, as the sun sets, I walk around my house and turn on a few lights and lamps. I’ve never been a fan of dark. Maybe it’s some childhood heebie-jeebies lingering from my past…

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Making Summer a Blast

Between vacations, sports camps, and visiting relatives, many churches see a drop in attendance during the summer months.  This makes the time you may spend with your few even less than usual.  So what can you do to make this summer special?

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How to Avoid Awkward Beginnings

Let’s face it. The beginning of small group can be awkward. One by one your kids come in and sit down and you probably ask the same question I ask, to every kid, every week… “How was your week?” “Did you do anything fun?” “What’s up?”

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Doubt

Doubt

“I’m having doubts.” “I doubt that is true.” “How do I even know if God is real?” When I was growing up in church, doubt was a bad word. If you were having doubts, your parents were setting up a meeting with your youth pastor. Worse yet… your lead pastor. This... read more
Invisible Influences

Invisible Influences

“No, you sit down and I will teach you how to read. Now… repeat after me. A-B-C…” She was in a room entirely by herself and yet she wasn’t. There was someone else with her. An imaginary friend whom she was determined to teach how to read.... read more
Showing Up For Practice

Showing Up For Practice

The phone call still resonates in my head sometimes. My football coach called me the day after the first day of practice for the season. He was calling because I hadn’t shown up for the first day. I was a senior in High School, and I had played 3 years for this... read more

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