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 18, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: What to Do with Those Phones?

Smartphones haven’t been around but a bit over ten years. Mobile phones are only a little older. But, as you can see, smartphones aren’t going away and they are going everywhere we go. It’s not just teenagers in love with … 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 11, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: When a Member Needs Ministry

No matter how great a group you lead, eventually, someone in the group will have a great need. It might be a job loss, an illness, a difficult pregnancy, a death in the family, or an accident. Most of these … 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

September 4, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: My Group Won’t Use Their Bibles

We live at a time of unprecedented availability of the Bible and media-delivered Bible study resources. No generation has ever had so much worthwhile materials for Bible reading and Bible study within easy reach than those of us living today. … 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 21, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Small Group Challenges: One Person Dominates the Discussion

We have all had someone who dominates the discussion in small group. This person is seldom malicious with it. He or she simply knows the answers or likes to talk or enjoys sharing his or her opinion or gets nervous … Continue reading