Intersect – Rob Peabody & Cris Rogers
Nov03

Intersect – Rob Peabody & Cris Rogers

Intersect hits my heart in a very important place: it absolutely loves Story. The series is subtitled Where Your Story and God’s Story Converge. That’s right in my wheelhouse, it’s the same kind of worldview I have. (Hint, hint…just read the name of this website.) The series was made by the Awaken Movement, headed by Rob Peabody and Cris Rogers. I first met Rob a while back when I read his book Citizen and later interviewed him here....

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The Catalyst Leader – Brad Lomenick
Jun14

The Catalyst Leader – Brad Lomenick

So I just started The Catalyst Leader with my high school youth group. Usually, if I deem a series a good fit for my group, I wait to review it until we’ve completed the series. From the very first minute of The Catalyst Leader, I was anticipating the end of our (very good, informative, and well-attended) current series. Finally, last Friday, I had my chance. The first lesson is on the concept of calling, which is something I’ve...

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The Best Yes – Lysa Terkeurst
Jun14

The Best Yes – Lysa Terkeurst

I usually don’t review small group series that are intended to be for women’s groups, but honestly, in the last few that I’ve reviewed I’ve come to find more humor, depth, and practical application than most general small group studies. I haven’t yet determined why this is, because while the series is often obviously directed at women, it still carries a lot if relevance for us guys as well. In fact, this is a series that I plan on...

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Life is – Judah Smith
Jun14

Life is – Judah Smith

If I didn’t know better, I would say that Judah Smith and the Thomas Nelson team read my review of Jesus Is________. In that review, I took the small group series to task for a number of things and I am very pleased to note that almost every criticism that I had was directly addressed. It’s astounding, really. I very nearly passed on even viewing this series. I had received both from the publisher (thanks Thomas Nelson!) and after...

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Jesus is – Judah Smith
Jun14

Jesus is – Judah Smith

First things first: Judah Smith looks like Clark Kent. I mean, there’s not been a guy since Christopher Reeve to look more like Clark Kent than Judah Smith. This has nothing to do with the review, but it was a constant background thought in my head. Judah is also the hipsteriest of pastors in a way that puts worship leaders to shame. Though he is from Seattle, so maybe that explains it. Again, nothing really do to with the review. But...

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Before Amen – Max Lucado
Jun14

Before Amen – Max Lucado

Let me say at the outset that I greatly appreciate Max Lucado. He has been an amazing force in Christian publishing and the impact his words have had on millions is absolutely outstanding. I loved Before Amen and was excited to see how it translated into a small group series. Like most of Lucado’s video series that I’ve gone through, it features Max talking through the material of his book. Max comes across the same in his speaking as...

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