We’ve Been Practicing Old Testament Paradigms

Saturday Discussion Back in 2010, I interviewed Dr. Peter Nelson, author of the new book, Spiritual Formation: Ever Forming, Never Formed, (Biblica Publishing). Here is a sneak peek at one paragraph that captured my attention. But with Christ’s global Great Commission to make disciples among all the people groups on earth, a dramatic shift of … More We’ve Been Practicing Old Testament Paradigms

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Training Church Planters from the Northeast and Canada

Weekend Musings Sunday I leave for Schenectady, NY to train church planters at a conference with Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI). Usually, I teach the track associated with Churches Planting Churches but this time I will be teaching the Church Planting Essentials track. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with church planters and those … More Training Church Planters from the Northeast and Canada

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Gastfreundschaft: “the freedom of the guest”

Weekend Musings Sometimes a foreign language can illuminate an issue with a clarity that our native language seems tongue-tied about. Reading Bruce Rowlison’s 1981 book on Creative Hospitality I read this: In the German, the word for hospitality is Gastfreundschaft which means ‘the freedom of the guest.’” Henri Nouwen picks up the same idea in some … More Gastfreundschaft: “the freedom of the guest”

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Questions We Never Ask But Should

Thursday is for Discipleship What is included in making disciples? Are disciple-making and discipleship the same thing? Is spiritual-formation a synonym for making-disciples? What do we gain when we separate evangelism from discipleship? What do we lose? Why did Jesus never separate evangelism (proclamation) from following (spiritual formation)? If Jesus didn’t separate them, any ideas … More Questions We Never Ask But Should

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Longing to Know that I Need Him Every Hour

Almost a year ago, just before Christmas, we were hit with blizzard winds and snow here in Bolingbrook. Stephnie and I decided to have worship here, in the confines of our home with our just-from-college-returned son, and pre-c0llege daughter rather than brave the chill of winter and another visit to a church that is not … More Longing to Know that I Need Him Every Hour

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