February 15, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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The Best Discipleship Manual

This week a post at knowableword.com pointed readers to another post by Joe Tyrpak at LogosTalk. Tyrpak makes a wonderful point and a strong reminder that the Bible is our best manual for making disciples. In fact, he gives a … Continue reading

February 5, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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Discover Silence at a Deepen Retreat

I teach a course on Christian disciplines for B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. I have taught the course for a number of years now. I had an interest in the disciplines prior to teaching this course but being responsible to … Continue reading

January 29, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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Skills for Small Group Leaders: Be Hospitable

Mary and I have found a wonderful retreat center at the Cove. That’s shorthand for the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, Asheville, NC. We have had the opportunity to attend Bible conferences there a couple of times. The … Continue reading

January 15, 2018
by Walter Norvell
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2018-01-15 Skills for Small Group Leaders: Listening

Skills for Small Group Leaders: Listening My wife has amazing listening skills as she works with people and even when she encounters them on the street. We sometimes laugh after a sales clerk has unloaded a burden on Mary because … Continue reading

December 28, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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End of the Year Business for Small Group Leaders

Happy New Year! In a few days we will be rolling into 2018. We often use the end of the year to set goals for the coming year. Goal-setting is a worthwhile activity. But, prior to setting goals, we need … Continue reading

December 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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A Year in the Word

What could you learn if you spent a year reading and learning about a special interest you have? Maybe computers and social media? Gardening? Stock market investing? Fly fishing? Knitting? Cooking? You can learn a lot about a subject with … Continue reading

December 4, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Recent Small Group Resources

The 1-Minute Sunday School TraiI am always looking for small group resources. I read about small groups on a regular basis. So, I thought I would share some of the resources I have found helpful. Read a blog, listen to … Continue reading

November 27, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: What Do We Study Next (Part 5)

What if your small group just wants to map its own way in Bible study? They can. For five weeks we have been discussing ways to pick the next study for your small group. You can find the previous links … Continue reading

November 20, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: What Do We Study Next? (Part 4)

We have been thinking about how to select and use appropriate study materials for small groups. You can find the previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Today, let’s think about how a group can continue the … Continue reading

November 16, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Faith That Astonished Jesus – Part 2

Recently I had the wonderful privilege of speaking in Chapel at Williams Baptist College. The campus minister had asked me to speak on the semester theme “Real Life Faith.” Below is the second part of that address. You can find … Continue reading