Organizing My Sermon Thoughts (Pt. 1)

Hey fellow preachers and teachers. I thought it would be cool to let you in on how I organize my thoughts in preparing a sermon. I usually pray, approach the text, pray more, read again, pray, outline main ideas, form a rough outline, pray, then write out the sermon verbatim. I want to share withContinue reading “Organizing My Sermon Thoughts (Pt. 1)”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 5): Pattern 1 – Steps for Connecting Your Own Group

I know its been a LONG time since I posted for this series (two full quarters to be exact)…. but school is almost on break again so here we go! ____________________________________________________ Pattern 1: Connecting (Steps for Your Group) Hey friends, I know it’s been a while since I last posted something to this series. IContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 5): Pattern 1 – Steps for Connecting Your Own Group”

Thoughts on Multi-Culturalism in Churches

Recently I was asked about practical ways churches can seek to incorporate multiculturalism. However before addressing this type of question we should ask ourselves how important is this and why? Also we should ask ourselves what are our goals be in doing so? Here are my responses to these questions. (It should be noted thatContinue reading “Thoughts on Multi-Culturalism in Churches”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 4): Pattern 1 – Connecting Your Own Group

I know its been a LONG time since I posted for this series…. but school is on break so here we go! ____________________________________________________ Pattern 1: Connecting (Your Group) When I was growing up I had two kinds of friends, the friends that were so close to me that we should pretty much be related andContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 4): Pattern 1 – Connecting Your Own Group”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 3): Pattern 1 – Connecting

Pattern 1: Connecting I’m trying to keep these short, I promise! But sometime I just can’t help myself, I am a loquacious person. So the last time we took a look at how the three patterns play out in the Bible and in the history of the Church. This time we will take a moreContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 3): Pattern 1 – Connecting”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 2): Biblical Life Groups

Biblical Lifegroups Okay I know that the last “article”/post/lesson (what do I even call these things!) was pretty long…. I’m sorry, but I had to set down the groundwork before we could start building upon it. Anyway today’s article is going to be a lot shorter, I promise! So last time we took a lookContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 2): Biblical Life Groups”

Simple Smallgroups: Three Simple Patterns

Simple Small Groups: Three Simple Patterns So recently I started to read this new book by a small groups pastor out in Kentucky. He started out as a skeptic about small groups but now he has fully bought into them. Naturally I wanted to see what he thought was so great about them so IContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups: Three Simple Patterns”