September 21, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Spiritual Disciplines: Celebration

Since I work with students, a re-occurring theme surfaces about a theological understanding many have of God: God is mean but Jesus is sweet and happy. And, with that in mind, some Christians think that God is scowling at us … Continue reading

September 14, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Spiritual Disciplines: Intercessory Prayer

I have often pondered what might be the biggest responsibility a believer carries and what might be the biggest privilege a believer enjoys. I imagine a lot of ideas could fit these descriptions. I know you could probably argue with … Continue reading

September 7, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Spiritual Disciplines: Small Group

I love small groups. Nothing in all of Christian education or discipleship approaches excites me more than small groups. I have been a part of many and have led many as well. I love to see a successful small group. … Continue reading

August 31, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Friendship as a Spiritual Discipline

I just lectured in my OT survey classes about some of the ways we were created in the image of God. God made us to need and enjoy others. God himself exists in Trinity, a perfect friendship. He offers himself … Continue reading

August 24, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Spiritual Disciplines: Rest

Has it ever occurred to you that sometimes, the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap? I know what you are thinking. “A nap? Come on. How can a nap be spiritual? Besides that, I have too … Continue reading

August 17, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Family Worship

On Thursdays, we have been thinking about spiritual disciplines. Recently we gave attention to the disciplines of corporate worship and personal worship. Today, let’s us think about family worship. Of all these three worship disciplines, I think family worship is … Continue reading

August 14, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: Not Enough Room

For the next several Mondays let’s examine some of the challenges that small groups may face. Our first challenge is the problem of no room. Your group has outgrown the place where you meet. What do you do? First of … Continue reading

August 10, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Personal Worship

Last Thursday we began examining the spiritual discipline of worship. In that post, we looked at corporate worship. While we can worship privately, the weight of the Bible’s teachings on worship is carried by corporate worship, the body of Christ … Continue reading

August 7, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Helping Parents in Your Small Group

If you lead a small group of adults some of them are likely parents. Parenting is the hardest job in America if you ask me. Supporting parents through your small group and in your church might not be job #1, … Continue reading

August 3, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Corporate Worship

Continuing our Thursday series on Christian disciplines, let’s turn our attention to a discipline that is the single most related concept to religion: worship. People of every ilk worship: Christians, non-Christians, atheists, and agnostics all worship something. But, Christian worship … Continue reading