Tag: Disicipleship

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Embodying our Faith

“The spiritual life if first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied. It is to be lived.” Thomas Merton I often remind the groups of women I mentor that the strength of our group and the basis of our own transformation is in living out our faith. Our ...

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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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Wisdom and Revelation

 “When I hear people talk about what is wrong with organized religion, or why their mainline churches are failing, I hear about bad music, inept clergy, mean congregations, and preoccupations with institutional maintenance. I almost never hear about the intellectualization of the faith, which strikes me as a far greater danger than anything else on ...

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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 ...

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Daily Discipleship

“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 It’s the most concise definition of discipleship. In eleven words, Jesus summed up the essence of the Great Commandment to “Go…and make disciples…”  The call to discipleship is the call to become an apprentice of Jesus – becoming like Jesus by entering ...

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Consumerism vs. Discipleship

Today’s post is a blog by Tim Morey*.  It’s a challenging message to the consumer mentality that has subtly invaded the Church. Take time today to honestly ponder the questions posed at the end.  What better way to start the New Year than an exercise in self examination.  Tim writes: A friend put this manger ...