July 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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The Discipline of Bible Study

On Thursdays, we have been examining Christian disciplines, those practices that help us be available to God and grow in his grace. The disciplines are not the transformative power in our lives; Jesus is. But disciplines help us open up … Continue reading

September 19, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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The Harvest is Abundant

The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23) can have several themes: How Jesus demonstrated teaching God’s Word. How the Word germinates in each of us. The kinds of persons who hear the Word. The evil forces that rob us of … Continue reading

November 5, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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How Can I Get My Group to Study for the Meeting?

I really appreciate getting questions from the readers of this blog. One of my students, Matt Parker, asked me to answer a question he is struggling with. The question is, “How do I get my group to study in preparation … Continue reading

September 24, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Tie It Up with a Bow

As I train students in teaching skills, I discover that many are challenged with ending the lesson well. Some just stop. An abrupt stop is unsatisfying to the learner. An abrupt stop leaves a learner confused about what was learned. … Continue reading

September 14, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Engaging God with a Quiet Time

In our previous post, I wrote and encouraged small group leaders to help group members read their Bibles daily. We looked at several ways to do that. Reading plans help a lot. But, if you will read that post again, … Continue reading

August 27, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Bridge the Gap in Learning with Advance Organizers

Have you ever, maybe in a bored moment, linked every paper clip in your desk together to form a chain? In a way, you connect the first clip with the last clip. Learning can be a lot like that.  Effective, … Continue reading

August 17, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Using Music in Small Groups

Use music in my small group? Hold on. I can’t sing! I don’t play the guitar. I don’t have a musical bone in my body. How is music going to help our Bible study anyway? For two thousand years, Christian … Continue reading

July 13, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching: Bringing It All Together in Bible Interpretation

This article concludes our posts about skills for Bible interpretation. If you missed or want to review the previous posts, here are the links: Interpreting the Bible The On-Your_Mark, Get-Set, Go Principle The When-and-When Principle The In-the-Neighborhood Principle The Phraseology … Continue reading

July 9, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching: The So-What? Principle of Bible Interpretation

  What is the purpose of Bible study? What is it supposed to do? Are we after small groups of walking Bible encyclopedias? Or do we believe and study the Bible because it changes lives? We looked at Luke 8 … Continue reading

June 22, 2015
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching: The In-the-Neighborhood Principle of Bible Interpretation

I have heard people talk about the value of real estate: location, location, and location. I have always tried to buy the least expensive house in the most expensive neighborhood, so I understand that real estate maxim. Location, location, location … Continue reading