Day 4 “Reading with the Pastor” Matthew 4 and Psalm 7 One year, verses 3-5 of Psalm 7 grabbed my spirit and would not let go. David told God that if there was anything in his heart, anything in his actions that was worthy of the persecution he was experiencing, then let him (his … More When the Spirit Grabs Your Heart
Sunday Afternoon Musings I quoted this passage from Stanley Hauerwas’ theological commentary on Matthew this week as I exposited the text from Matthew’s gospel (4:12-25). He was relating a story about Clarence Jordan. I just might spend the rest of my life studying the life of Clarence Jordan. What a great man of God! I’m looking … More Discipleship-More than Your Church Told You
Wednesday Discipleship “Follow me and I will make you to be fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17; cf Matt. 4:19) Real discipleship, discipleship that is measured against the process and results of Jesus and Paul, always yields a gospel-telling man or woman. How should it happen? Point 1: Maybe not instantly, but maybe … A close reading … More Mature Discipleship Always Yields a Gospel-Telling Man or Woman
My friend Miquel, a church-planting missionary in Ecuador with Pathways International posed an interesting question some time ago. I’m glad I copied it and saved it because I had trouble finding it on his Facebook page or on his blog. Finally, I came up with it and it is attached now. Everything Miquel writes is worth … More How do we know we have made a disciple?
Thursday is for Discipleship 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord … More “Deadliest Catch™” Knows More About Making Disciples than We Do!
Monday Discussion Jesus’ expectation, Paul’s expectation was that disciples, followers of Christ would all, without exception, be workers for the kingdom which means healers and heralds of the kingdom. Today however, much of what we do in our churches is wait for people to come to us, or we invite them to come to our … More If Most of Our People Never Share their Faith, How Can a Church be Considered Healthy?
Monday Discussion There will be so many glorified believers in heaven that worship, fellowship, Scripture reading and understanding will be incomparably better than the best worship, fellowship or Bible we have ever experienced here. Not only will we be able to commune with all the saints who have gone before and learn from them all … More Meditation on Heaven and the Implications for Earth-bound Believers
Tuesday Musing About a decade ago, I was musing about the content of a DMin class I just took the week before and thinking about Jesus and primary commands for leaders. What would be the top three commands for disciple/leaders that Jesus gave? (My friend, John Nunnickhoven, added a fourth in the comments.) Confining ourselves … More What are the Top Three Commands of Jesus to Leaders?
If We Aren’t Fishing for Men, We Aren’t Following Jesus. From the archives. Blunt, but not harsh.
Monday Discussion “Followers of Christ who do not follow him to the lost are not his followers; they are followers of a figment of their imagination but not the Christ of Scripture.” cf. Matthew 4:19 Look it up for yourself. I dare you. Any thoughts?