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 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 28, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: They Won’t Talk!

In this series on challenges that small groups face, we are discussing common issues that can stymie a group or, when addressed, can move the group on to more effective Bible study. Last Monday we considered how to lead the … 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 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 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

July 31, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Getting Ready to Lead Youth Bible Study

For the past several Mondays I have addressed issues in leading small groups in youth ministry. We have talked about youth needs and building relationships with youth. That is all well and good, necessary parts of being a small group … Continue reading

July 27, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Journaling

When I was a kid, diaries were popular. Most kids had one. These blank books even came with a little latch, lock, and key in those days. I never did much with the one I had and it is lost … Continue reading