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See the About Me page, if you want to know more about ME. Otherwise, hopefully you'll know more about Jesus and some of his followers by reading here. And thanks for stopping by.

Lay Down What’s Done 


Let’s face it: We’re all “pieces of work” in some way. And yet, all of us are also works in progress. Continue reading

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Best Bible Books: New Testament Resources


That should be self-explanatory enough. For pastors, teachers, and other Bible scholars who want to know where to dig deeper…. John Glynn. Best Bible Books: New Testament Resources. Michael H. Burer, ed. 336p., $27.99, Kregel Academic. There are thousands of … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Old Life: a small-group session


Laying Down Your Day (15 minutes) Leader: Note that the italicized sections of text below are for you to read aloud. Feel free to use your own wording, or just use what’s here (that’s why it’s here, after all). Have … Continue reading

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Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students


A high-school/young adult curriculum for the not-faint-of-heart. . . . Cooper Pinson. Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students. 136p., $15.99, New Growth Press. In a changing culture where feelings about our identity inform our sexual choices, this ten-week small group resource … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Shame (Part 2)


It’s not all work and struggle, though. Let’s circle back to Peter, because God uses him to give us a great “before and after” picture. Three years later, mere days after Jesus’ resurrection and appearance to the disciples—and for that … Continue reading

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A Commentary on the Book of the Twelve


Aka more commentary about the Minor Prophets than you can shake a stick at. . . . Michael Shepherd. A Commentary on the Book of the Twelve: The Minor Prophets. 528p., $38.99, Kregel Academic. The books of the twelve Minor … Continue reading

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 Lay Down Your Shame (Part 1)


The things we’ve done—and the evils done to us—are done. We can’t undo what happened, but we can undo the hold of those things upon us. We can own our sin without it owning us. Continue reading

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