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?
I doubt it. But I suspect that most people have verbalized those five words or that sentiment in their spirit after some particularly convicting portion of Scripture was exposited on a Sunday morning. Most pastors (in my experience) don’t try to deliberatley make people feel guilty. I know I don’t try to do that. But … More “My Pastor is Guilting Me.”
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
The Reason We Aren’t Making Disciples is Simple Go back and read chapter 3 in the Gospel of Mark again because it is a critical chapter in the book. One of the reasons it is so critical is the clarity of what discipleship looked like for the disciples. The verses to examine are 13-15. 13 And he … More The “With-ness” Principle
The problem with people is, well, people. Some of us are easier to love than others. But most of us alternate between loveable, tolerable and detestable depending on our environment. For years I have made the tongue-in-cheek joke that if you don’t love my brother Karl, there is something desperately wrong with you. My brother … More How Does Love for My Neighbor Begin?
Some of you who follow this blog know that Michael Frost and I don’t always see eye to eye. We are sometimes sandpaper to one another’s personalities. But Michael is a brother in Christ who I appreciate nevertheless, and one whose thoughts and production are worth considering. Some 15 years ago now, Michael and Alan … More Are You a Church Marketer of a Missionary?
If you spend much time around as many churches as I do, you meet some truly great saints of God–men and women whose growth in grace inspires a longing for a deeper walk with Jesus in ways that jump start renewed zeal for holiness. At the church I planted in Bolingbrook, IL I met some … More Why are Christians So Immature?
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
The Church is Drowning in Cheap Grace Bonhoeffer was actually aiming at the German Church leading into the rise of World War II but he might have been writing about America. I am starting on my third copy of Bonhoeffer’s, The Cost of Discipleship, having worn out two copies already. It is embarrassing to see how much … More Bonhoeffer’s Analysis of American Religion?