Where Will I Sit?

I enter a new room, and I don’t know where to sit. The old ache returns; I feel excluded, rejected, and lonely. I’m frantically eyeing the room for a spot, but beautiful, fashionable, and high-achieving people fill every seat in their circled groups. The tears well up behind my glasses and my stomach churns with anxiety as I pull my coat around my thrift-store clothing. My eyes dart around the room hopelessly. It’s true: I don’t know where to sit. … Read More

We’re All Gonna Die

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he … Read More

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In But Not Of

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have … Read More

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Transformational Small Groups

Transformational discipleship involves moving from the row of chairs in your church where you are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles, to then being in community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we did a discipleship study that involved over 3,000 Protestant churchgoers and asked them about spiritual formation. One of the five items that was the most predictive for spiritual maturity was participation in a small class or group … Read More

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