Category: Discipleship

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When I Die, It Might Be Some Time Before I Know It

“When Dallas Willard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late summer of 2012, one of his reflections was: “I think that, when I die, it might be some time until I know it. This morning Dallas Willard passed away. I’m not sure if anyone has told him yet.” John Ortberg wrote these words in his ...

Spiritual Formation at Faith: Embracing Environments for Transformation

As the pastor of spiritual formation at Faith TriCities, I was tasked to develop a ministry strategy for a spiritual formation/discipleship process. This was not an easy thing! It forced me to look carefully at spiritual reality (not how we think it should be) and the context of church life. One thing I understood from ...

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On Becoming Fully Devoted

We talk a lot in the church about being fully devoted followers of Christ. This is a good thing. The biblical assumption is that all believers in Christ would become his disciples…and fully devoted ones at that. We usually, however, get snagged up on the “fully devoted” part. We are all aware how much we ...

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Going Deep

While I recover from my motorcycle accident (minor injuries) I thought I’d let Gordon MacDonald fill in for me.  While his article, “Going Deep” (which appeared on-line in “Leadership Journal” yesterday, 6/27/11) is geared toward those in leadership, it speaks to all Christians in regards to the need for living deeply in God. It is, after ...

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Intentional Environments for Formation

This Sunday Darrel and I are tag-team preaching, continuing our “Intentional” series.  In regards to being intentional in our discipleship, we’ve talked about how there are already some natural “places” of transformation already embedded in our lives and our church that become opportunities to encounter Jesus’ transforming presence. Transformation happens as we place ourselves in ...

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Bonhoeffer on Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer observed, “In the Synoptic Gospels the relationship between the disciples and their Lord is expressed almost entirely in terms of following him.” This is in contrast to religion in America, which is largely a consumer enterprise. Americans who think of themselves as Christians often describe their search for a more exciting sermon, more ...

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Experiential Discipleship

  I stood ourside in the forest-setting at our ladies rereat last year.  We had just concluded 3 days of women meeting together expressed in laughter, singing, teaching, walking, eating, praying and all that goes into shared community.  It was time to go home and as I stepped outside, the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the blue sky and ...