Stunning survey of seminary graduates now serving in the pastorate. “A leading seminary recently surveyed its graduates to discover where it might better address any deficencies in its program. The questionaire asked its alumni to identify the one area in which they wish they had received better instruction. After three or four years of intenses … More How Do Such Men Lead the Church?
Sunday Afternoon Reading These are some quotes from some of my weekend reading. Enjoy. “While the Gospels record many instances of Jesus instantly healing people’s illnesses, we know of not even one instance in which he simply waved his hand to immediately fix an ugly habit for one of his disciples. Instead, he simply kept … More Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
Mark 3:13-15 13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. Withness: What is it? Withness … More “Withness”: What is it, why do we need it, how do we get it?
We are to become a people who live passionately for and like Jesus. If we aren’t becoming that, something is wrong. The C.S. Lewis quote above comes the article “True Conversion and Wholehearted Commitment: Foundations of Discipleship” by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, Directory of Ministry, C.S. Lewis Institute.
Church, Discipleshp and Christian Living Seven Ways to Love Christians Who are Overweight This is such a needed post. We need to love one another better. Here’s help for one particular group. Why We Need to Bring Back Catechism We need to give serious consideration about reshaping a modern catachetical approach to Sunday … More Weekend Links are Back
Recently, our church started to rethink how we are forming people in Christ, i.e. discipleship. As a part of that process I ran across one church’s description of The Chair The Row and the The Circle I thought it was very helpful but have expanded it for our purposes to The Chair The Row … More Rebooting Your Discipling Environments
Saturday Morning Musing Christianity is Not Safe. Christianity is not safe because Jesus was not safe. He sent his first disciples out into the world “like lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3) and He hasn’t changed. He still sends us out to give testimony to Him at the risk of us. He knows … More The Doctrine of “Self-Safety”
We are always seeking to improve our process of making disciples. It is the task of the church so it makes sense that we would want to do it well so that the Savior receives all the glory and honor and worship that He deserves. But there are other reasons to do this well. Reasons to Do Discipleship Well Since we are stewards of the gospel and ambassadors to the world for the Kingdom of God we want to do spiritual formation and … More What Does it Mean to “Raise the Bar on What it Means to be a Disciple” in Your Church?
Friday Musings “And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded … More The Devolution of Disciple-Making
I picked this up from the wonderfully and absurdly titled site: BOOKS ARE PEOPLE TOO. Hopefully, we won’t have to almost get shot to wake up, smell the coffee, and begin to live lives of real purpose for the glory of God. Dostoevsky on Almost Dying In 1849 Fyodor Dostoevsky was arrested, along with the … More Dostoevsky on Almost Dying