The Church is Anemic. We are called to make disciples. It is the one outcome that Jesus wants us to be working on as we go about all the stuff of life. Everything else is secondary. So what does it tell us that according to a Barna Group survey just two years ago . . … More The Discipleship Problem at Our Door
The one thing we must do, make disciples, is the one thing that the church in America is failing at. Do you think that is too harsh a comment? Too pessimistic? I don’t think so. What I do think is that if we don’t take seriously Jesus’s command to make disciples and give real intention … More Discipleship–the one thing we must do
Monday Discussion I don’t know if the question was real, if it was directed specifically at me, or a set up by another Christian who wanted to know how to counsel someone else. I just know that it is a good question. It came to me as a question on Quora.com. How did you get … More “My relationship with God is cold.”
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?
In January of 1974, I became a follower of Christ. Unfortunately, it was lusty path that led me to Jesus. My girlfriend was pregnant and the weight of my sin and selfishness sat heavily on my spirit. Ken Frech, a brother twice, first in the Sigma Chi house at the University of Maryland, and then … More Sometimes, Conversion is Slow
Have you ever heard a question like this? Maybe it is because I am a pastor and I read weird things and have a strange collection of friends, but I hear this kind of question a lot. Sometimes it comes from the earnest seeker but more often, it comes from someone who is antagonistic toward … More Why Should Jesus Save You?
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.
My last post (also with a ‘river’ of flowers) started a conversation about ideas and ways to interact with neighbors during the summer months. Practice the Ministry of Presence. —see previous post Create Opportunities to be Present. —see previous post Invite. —see previous post Serve and Sacrifice for Them. —see previous post ddd Use your … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach (Part 2)
This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?