In Action: Teaching About the Tabernacle


Most of you will have just finished the third session on the tabernacle. Since I have been at LifeWay we have had quite a few requests for a full unit on the tabernacle. We didn’t have a full unit, but we did have three full sessions. While everyone didn’t like so many sessions on the [...]

From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest


We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean [...]

5 Rules for Using Online Tools in Young Adult Ministry


Social networking can be a powerful tool for building community in your young adult ministry. The Internet continues to push the limits of what ministries are able to do online, which is a wonderful thing. It can also be a bit overwhelming, with hundreds of social networking sites available now and increasing daily. With all of [...]

The Bible Meets Captain America


There is a moment in the movie The Avengers in which Black Widow, member of the elite government agency S.H.I.E.L.D., describes the people Captain America is pursuing as “…basically, gods…” Cap’s response is classic, “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” This memorable line from The Avengers does [...]

Resources for the 3 Roles: Whatcha Got in Your Toolbox?


By David Francis and Ken Braddy This is part 6 of an ongoing series of blog posts unpacking the main points of 3 Roles for Guiding Groups by David Francis and Ken Braddy. The number at the end of each section denotes the page number in the printed book. Here’s what we’ve covered so far in the series:  In Part 1, [...]

Surviving Discouragement: Numbers


As I talk to student pastors about the discouragements they face, the issue of numbers seems to rise to the top for many—specifically, the pressure related to ministry attendance or some other number related mark. I’ve seen numbers related pressure wreck people. I’ve seen it become the excuse for some to walk away from the [...]

From the Editor: 4 Actions to Create a Generosity Plan


As with nearly everything in life, generosity requires some planning. It is as much a part of our budgeting as any other expense. Or at least, it ought to be. In a recent blog post, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life, offered four very practical ideas for how we can plan [...]

“I Don’t Have Time to Lead a Bible Study Group”


By Karen Dockrey I tend to learn more about the Bible when I prepare to lead a group, than when I just attend group. But preparation takes so much time that I don’t know when I’ll get my Saturday chores done, my regular errands completed, or my work-and-home responsibilities fulfilled.  Maybe I’d better turn down [...]

Small Group Monday: Would You Rather


In a recent blog post, small group specialist Mark Howell played an intriguing game of Would You Rather, posing this question: Would you rather connect more people of make more disciples?  It’s a great question because it pits two valuable outcomes against each other. Which is more desirable? What would you say? Share your thoughts [...]

Productive, Session 6: A Sanctuary in Time


By Margaret Feinberg Reawaken to the wonder of rest.  Speeding through life at what I believed was a healthy pace, I ran out of gas without as much as a flicker from the fuel warning light. I completed projects and checked off to-do lists without hesitation until I woke up one Monday feeling like a [...]