I've had the opportunity to lead several small groups based of the Francis Chan book "Crazy Love". The discussion questions that come with the DVD study leaves a lot to be desired. So through my own personal questions and questions from other "Crazy Love" resources online I've been able to develope a more indepth study of the book. Below are the questions I have used for all 10 chapters of the book study. Feel free to use them as you'd like.
Chapter 1: Stop Praying
Stop and think about the last prayer you voiced. How did you begin? Our Father? Dear Lord? Jesus? What word or phrase did you use to start the prayer? Now, take a minute and consider the prayer you prayed before that prayer. How did you begin? Same word or phrase? Different? Sorta different or radically different? If you begin all your prayers in much the same way, ask yourself why.
Read these words from G. K. Chesterton:
A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of li…
“I have been
developing the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness for years. It’s a perfectly
calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement. Categories include:
Capitalism, God’s way of determining who is smart, and who is poor. Crying,
acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Rage. Poise. Property rights.
Fish, for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.”
“The less I know
about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring
about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his
name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.”
“Now, I know I’m
not going to find somebody that’s both aggressively mean and apathetic. April
really is the whole package.”
“You had me at meat
“I’m surrounded by
a lot of women in this department. And that includes the men.”
“When I walked in
this morning I saw that the flag was at half mast, I though, ‘All right,
another bureaucrat ate it!’ And then I saw it was Lil…
After spending much of my full time ministry life in the United Methodist Church, I found this article very interesting. It's written by Mary Jacobs and she nails the fact that most UMCers are scared to death to mention the "S" word (Satan) or the "D" word (Devil).
Jesus stood up to him. Plenty of Christians talk about him. And some blame all sorts of evil on him. But likely you won’t hear his name tossed around much in a United Methodist Church.
Could it be... Satan?
“For the most part, you don’t hear mainline Protestants talking about Satan, the devil or the demonic,” said Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. “I think we’ve handed that kind of language over to the fundamentalists.”
Though Methodism founder John Wesley talked about Satan in his sermons, the United Methodist Church has no official doctrine on the devil or the demonic. Few Methodist ministers in the U.S., it seems, preach about Satan as a personal be…