Conflict

John 7:40-52 (NIV): On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.”Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people … More Conflict

Conflict resolution in small groups

How do you judge the health and success of any small group? Surprisingly perhaps, it’s NOT by whether they have conflicts or not. Marriage counselors, executive coaches and group dynamics experts agree that conflicts will be inevitable. It’s how small groups handle those conflicts which arise that determines their health and longevity. Spoiler alert! Ultimately … More Conflict resolution in small groups

Attitude

When my cute little angelic cherub children morphed into seemingly demon possessed teenagers with chips on their shoulders, I was inspired to frame and post the following quote in their bathroom where they could see it at least twice a day.  It seemed to have at least a marginal positive impact on their demeanors, and … More Attitude

Your best friend

I asked a group of college students today to think of their best friend, and to share a list of attributes which would describe him or her. Here’s the list: Loyal, easy to get along with, easy to communicate with, honest, not mean nor selfish, good sense of humor, Godly, wise, an encourager, empathetic, positive. … More Your best friend

Headed into battle

I’m considering going to the grocery store at first light today. It seems insane, but it will probably be the most dangerous activity I’ll do over the next several weeks.  An invisible enemy, and so many opportunities for exposure.  What if the person in the next aisle coughs? And they probably aren’t wearing a mask, although I am (fashioned … More Headed into battle

Personal prayer: Listening to God

I believe many people find comfort in doing spiritual rituals or sacraments done in a group, for example communion, or the Lord’s supper, which was historically celebrated in a gathering of believers.  After all, the “church” is a group of believers and prayer can often be a part of worship.  Prayer, however, was almost always intended primarily to … More Personal prayer: Listening to God