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What is the Gospel: Life & Death

While the word gospel means "good news," understanding the gospel begins with bad news: death. In modern society, death is a biological question. We define death as "the permanent cessation of all vital functions" (e.g. pulse, brain waves, breathing, … Read More...

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The Hebrew Calendar

When studying the Old Testament, dates can be a source of confusion, especially when they switch between the Jewish name and the Babylonian name in the same story. Here are my reference tables, collecting information from different sources into one … Read More...

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Bible Maps & Charts

Charts and maps are a big part of my bible study.  I love having charts for quick reference, to organize my thoughts and find information at a glance.  Before the internet, we hand to invest in an updated Bible Atlas every few years. Now much of that … Read More...

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Discipleship Survey Sample

Most women's ministries offer a discipleship program at some point.  While there is no "one size fits all" model for how to implement discipleship, here are some ideas to help you get started. First questions As you begin planning, make sure you answer the … Read More...

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3 Women’s Retreat Sample Schedules

Planning a retreat means managing lots of details from logistics to decorations.  Often the schedule gets overlooked or slapped together at the last minute.  As a speaker, here are some sample schedules that I've seen work well for weekend retreats.   The most … Read More...

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Spiritual Formation: a critical look

"Spiritual formation" is a hot topic today. But does it work? The Old Testament prophet Haggai would answer no. Read more... The theology of Spiritual Formation sounds great on paper, but it is focused on the wrong target.  Scripture defines spiritual … Read More...

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Prayer and Spiritual Formation: How does it work?

The theology of Spiritual Formation assumes there is a level a spirituality that I can have if I do certain spiritual practices. Prayer is typically is one of those practices. Advocates of Spiritual Formation view prayer as a means to an end:   They see … Read More...

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1 Peter: Living as aliens and strangers

Registration will begin in August.  Please check back on this page for links and details. Please register by September 1  for Fall term.   Those registering late may be placed on a waiting list for childcare. Study Details for those planning to join us … Read More...

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Bible Study Basic Tools

If you're building a building a bible study library, here are the basic tools you need to get started. #1 Translations #2: Good Maps #3: Concordances #4 Lexicons #5: Encyclopedias #6: Commentaries 5 Translation Myths 5 C's … Read More...