Category Archives: Discipleship

What Happens When You Judge the Church “Now” By the Kingdom’s “Not Yet”

We shouldn’t be surprised that the local churches we belong to are communities where we see vibrant manifestations of God’s power and perplexing messiness at the same time.

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Discipleship in the “Age of Authenticity”

How should the church witness to the gospel in an age of self-expression and resisting conformity to anything outside yourself?

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Recovering the Role of “Imitation” in Discipleship Today

A holistic view of discipleship means that spiritual direction is not merely delivered; it is displayed.

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Is It Arrogant To Tell Other Christians To Imitate Your Example?

The command to “follow me as I follow Christ” is not a statement of arrogance, but the natural outworking of the Spirit of God in the life of a church.

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12 Books that Showcase the Grand Narrative of Scripture

One of the best ways to get a feel for the Bible’s narrative is to read through the Bible chronologically. Another way is to read at least one or two Bible overview books a year. Here are 12 books I recommend.

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4 Marks of Biblical Discipleship

As we make disciples, we shouldn’t forget four key aspects of this task and why they matter.

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3 Wrong Assumptions Church Leaders Make

What we’ve assumed to be true about the people in our congregations isn’t in line with reality. Much of our angst could be resolved by correcting our assumptions.

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Panel Discussion on Group Ministry in the Local Church

Here is the video from a discussion panel on Group Ministry in the Local Church. I was joined by Eric Geiger, author of Transformational Groups, Robby Gallaty, author of Growing Up, and Daniel Montgomery, author of Faithmapping.

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The Fault Lines Before the Evangelical Earthquake

The World Vision decision was a tremor that warns us of a coming earthquake in which churches and leaders historically identified with evangelicalism will divide along all-too-familiar fault lines.

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“God’s Like That” – What My Kids Got From Studying Hosea

God tells a prophet to marry a prostitute, give their children horrible names, and then go back and purchase his wife after she is unfaithful. How do you teach this story to kids?

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