Category Archives: Discipleship

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 8 – Unleashed

Francis Chan starts chapter 8 in Letters to the Church with the illustration of a zoo. Wild, powerful animals in comfortable cages. Food is brought to them. They aren’t exactly tame but they also aren’t living the life they were meant to live. This is Chan’s illustration for church – something so powerful put inContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 7 – Crucified

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee That pretty much sums up chapter 7. In this chapter of “Letters to the Church” Francis is normalizing suffering. He said he did a sermon series on suffering and talked about all the books of theContinue Reading

What Will Our Generation Look Back on And Regret?

Sometimes I wonder what I will look back at in 10 or 20 or even 30 years and regret in regard to Christianity and church. Here is the main thing I think we are going to look at and shake our heads at our past selves – we couldn’t get outside ourselves, outside our comfortContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 6 – Good Shepherds

We have a funny relationship with the word “pastor” in Churches of Christ. Elders are pastors, not preachers, we say…but the preachers often pastor as much or more as the elders. This is a common occurrence but certainly not universal. I think we are correct, biblically, but don’t often live it out in practice. ThatContinue Reading

Possibly The Most Needed Change in our Churches – Reconnecting the Holy Spirit and Discipleship

This has been on my mind a very long while. I shared thoughts on this for nearly an hour at Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration this afternoon and thought I would boil it all down to this video. Please watch and if helpful share via social media. I believe if we can reclaim this combination (as demonstratedContinue Reading

Who is God Sending Today? How Do You Fit in?

God has always been a sending God. He sends people places for various reasons. He sent Abraham to a new land and later the Hebrew people to that same land. He sent his son Jesus to the earth. Jesus send his apostles out to minister. God’s sending doesn’t end with the last word of theContinue Reading

A Must Have Discipleship Conversation – How We Read the Bible

Please watch the following video and let’s discuss in the comments. We have a major problem with how we typically read the Bible. We miss important meanings because we are looking for the wrong things. We find things that aren’t there because we are looking for the wrong things. Understanding how to read the BibleContinue Reading

Can We Start A Discipling Movement In Churches of Christ?

[As soon as I posted this I realized I was off on the wrong foot. If it is a movement, we won’t start it but we would have to embrace it. And I believe God is moving us in the direction of discipleship and discipling in line with the Great Commission (which Barna tells usContinue Reading

What is the Hardest Thing About Following Jesus?

We will all answer this question with different answer. I am curious how you would answer it. For me it is not being in charge. I don’t get to set the direction. I don’t get to chart the course. Jesus is in charge and he is on the move. I get to follow him whereverContinue Reading

Ten Serious Questions for Serious Disciples of Jesus

Who has my full attention? Who do I view with judgment? How often do I pray for my enemies? Would others around me know I follow the Lord? Why or why not? Who or what is my life lived in submission to? Do my relationships have any connection with the Christ? What do I doContinue Reading

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