Monday Discussion When is doing something “to make a disciple ashamed” appropriate? Does making a disciple feel ashamed have to be something that is publicly known or can it be a private issue? For more see: Shame-Based Discipleship?.
We are quietly working this process in the ministry of Trinity Church with some wonderful results. One day, every man and woman in the church will be able to point to a mentor who helped them along the way. For more see: Older Men Teaching Younger.
Monday is for Discussion Terry Ivy, a friend with a fantastic ministry training church planters via the internet in India, wrote a great post titled What Kind of Leaders are We Creating? Recently, I have had some opportunity to reflect on both his post and my response to it through some men that I’m mentoring. … More Eight Ways to Develop Young Leaders
Making Better Disciples J.D. Greear, who I have much respect for, had a post the other day that I had a slight disagreement with. The post was titled, “Am I Really Saved?” He shared how a mentor had helped to settle in his mind that he really had believed in Christ by directing his heart … More Does Conversion Always Produce a Change of Affection and Behavior?
Tuesday is for Preaching Picked this up some time ago from Justin Taylor quoting Stephen Um. [Bracketed and blue comments are my own.] Advice for Aspiring Christ-Centered Preachers Wise advice here from Stephen Um: Read the Scriptures. In order to see how inter-canonical themes and the narrative of redemptive history run through the entire Bible, and … More Preaching that Exalts the Risen Christ
Friday is for Heart Songs Over the past two weeks, I have watched my son-in-law’s copy of Band of Brothers. It is a fantastic production despite the obligatory HBO twenty second gratuitous sex scene and the true to reality language. It gives an unblinking and authentic gaze at the cruelties and absurdities of war, as … More Band of Brothers and What It Means to Lead
Wednesday Discussion “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:16 ESV) Rising early in the morning to pray seems to have been a habit with … More A Night Owl’s Yearning to Be a Morning Person
Thursday is for Discipleship Heard from a former student, now planting gospel truths in a Michigan community that he delights in. New life grows in his new wife’s belly and new life grows in the community because of his faithfulness to proclaim truth. A colleague and twenty-something leader e-mailed saying a conversation we had was helpful to … More Investments that Truly Change the World