Dealing with Sexual Abuse in the Life of a Teenager

The harm caused by sexual abuse is well documented. Victims of sexual abuse deal with a kind of violation that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. And what makes this kind of abuse so complex is that it’s often perpetrated by a family member or an acquaintance. Sexual abuse dramatically impacts … Continue reading Dealing with Sexual Abuse in the Life of a Teenager

God-Centered Affirmation is Hard Work!

Sam Crabtree has written an important book. I knew that I needed to read Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God as soon as I found out about it. And if you are a parent, boss, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, pastor, teacher, mentor or friend, there is a good chance that you … Continue reading God-Centered Affirmation is Hard Work!

Uncovering Our Counterfeit Gods

Thirteen Questions on Discerning Idols (from Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven, by Puritan Pastor David Clarkson) What do you most highly value? What do you think about by default? What is your highest goal? To what or whom are you most committed? Who or what do you love the most? Who or what do you … Continue reading Uncovering Our Counterfeit Gods

One in Four Women & One in Six Men Need To Read This

Those are the conservative estimates of the number of men and women who will be sexually abused at some point in their lifetimes. Rid of My Disgrace by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is the definitive book for those who have suffered sexual abuse. The Holcombs bring a wealth of training, research and experience to this issue. Dr. … Continue reading One in Four Women & One in Six Men Need To Read This

For Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

Far too many resources for those who are suffering or stuck in sinful patterns are of the self-help variety. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry, by Mike Wilkerson, is for those who have given up on self-help. This book is the curriculum for Seattle's Mars Hill Church's Redemption … Continue reading For Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

You Can Change, by Tim Chester

We were created to bear the image of God, the "imago dei." But something went desperately wrong in the Garden, and that event has left humanity shattered and broken. Jesus came to redeem us broken image-bearers and to recreate the imago dei on the earth. That is the gospel, and we know it. But knowledge … Continue reading You Can Change, by Tim Chester

Breaking the Silence

Getting group members to talk openly about the messiness of their lives is one of the most critical challenges recovery group leaders face. As the discussion moves beyond the superficial and approaches the consequential, the silence can often be deafening. The idea that "we don't talk openly about our problems or struggles" is, unfortunately, commonly … Continue reading Breaking the Silence

Healthy, Safe Disciples = Growing in Recovery

John Maxwell's axiom that "everything rises and falls on leadership" is definitely true of small-group facilitators -- and it's particularly true of recovery-group facilitators. If the goal of recovery is to provide a healthy, safe environment where some of the heavy lifting of discipleship can happen, then your recovery ministry team must be built with … Continue reading Healthy, Safe Disciples = Growing in Recovery

A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller

"Prayer is where I do my best work as a husband, dad, worker and friend.  I'm aware of the weeds of unbelief in me and the struggles in others' lives.  The Holy Spirit puts his finger on issues that only he can solve.  I'm actually managing my life through my daily prayer time.  I'm shaping … Continue reading A Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller