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In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell talks about choice and spaghetti sauce. He says that having too many options almost paralyzes people and inhibits their choosing, rather than making it easier. I don’t know how many types and brands of spaghetti sauce there are, but I do know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different small group Bible study materials available.
How often do you get together with you small group and wonder what to study next? I know that in my small groups we have spent entire group meetings wading through different options.
One voice that I have really come to appreciate over the last couple years is Mark Howell. Mark founded SmallGroupResources.net, and is the Community Life Pastor at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois. Mark recently shared an older post of his on Facebook about how he recommends choosing curriculum. He lists five helpful things to keep in mind when choosing:
- Keep in mind the skill level of your leader
- Keep in mind the maturity of the members
- Look for a topic that will pique interest of the members
- Look for a six-week study
- Choose a DVD-driven study
Read the whole article here.
How about you? How do you choose what your small group will study together?
Be sure to visit the Small Group Bible Studies playlist on YouTube that has full sessions of our video-based small group studies.
If you like our recent series, “Psalms on Sunday,” then you’ll love the giveaway going on today at www.BibleGeekGoneWild.com He’s giving away 6 copies of The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms. It would make an excellent last-minute Christmas gift for someone.
The Amazon Vine Voice and frequent blogger over at the “Pastoral Musings” blog has posted an excellent new review on Chuck Swindoll’s commentary on James, 1 & 2 Peter. In the review he says:
Swindoll’s Insights are exactly that: Swindoll’s Insights. They are the product of years of study, experience, and pastoral ministry. The things contained in these commentaries aren’t the product of ivory tower academia, but are the results of being in the trenches serving Christ and loving His people. Thus it is that scholarship is brought to us all in a way that we all can profit.
Transformation: Discipleship that Turns Lives, Churches, and the World Upside Down, by Bob Roberts Jr., is the third book in the Exponential Series. (Read a sample here.) It recently got a face lift and went to softcover. To celebrate we thought it might be fun to put together a little quiz on the book, and on Bob Roberts Jr. in general.
Everyone who gets 100% on the quiz gets a free copy! (Unless that’s literally everyone, in which case we’ll just giveaway ten copies randomly.) (And if you have never read Transformation, don’t worry, you can likely still get 100%.)
If you don’t win a copy of the book with this quiz, however, all is not lost. Transformation is 35% OFF with Free shipping at www.zondervan.com December 8-9 only.
You can leave as many answers as you’d like below. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments section. We can’t wait to read your answers!
Enjoy the season!
- The Engaging Church team
Because its that gift-giving time of year, we’d like to give something back to you: Pastor Jim Samra’s new book, The Gift of Church: How God Designed the Local Church to Meet Our Needs as Christians. (See my recent interview with Jim.)
We have 2 autographed copies of this book to giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win one please answer these questions in the comments section below. Winners will be chosen randomly. You can answer as many times as you like.
What’s the funniest Christmas gift you’ve ever been given? Why was it so funny?
Tommorow, I’ll be giving away 2 more copies in the same manner, except that I’ll be asking serious questions. (So get your funnies out now.) Let’s hear’em!
Answer: B) Lament
Winners: David Smith, Debbie, Craig Hurst, Kim Vander Helm, and Richard Wilson! (I’ll email you for your shipping address – congrats!)
We had almost complete agreement on this answer. That’s encouraging! That says to me that lots of us know at least a little bit about genres in the Psalms. I confess, up until about a week ago I would not have been able to answer this question correctly. I would’ve answered (A) Praise. Here’s what Dave and Brian have to say about lament in The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms: