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Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry.  I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Culture over the following weekend. The framework and insights containedContinue Reading

Why Churches of Christ Got More Focused On Church Than Jesus

Churches of Christ were started in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At that time in the U.S. Some estimates of the religious landscape in the 1700s is that 80% of the U.S. population attended church. In short. They agreed on Jesus. What they didn’t agree on was church. Thomas and his son AlexanderContinue Reading

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making an Impact At York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting.Continue Reading

Longing For Spiritual Growth in Your Life? Try This Resource

By Diane Reynolds “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Are you being transformed? I want to be transformed. I long to be transformed. I pray and plead toContinue Reading

What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Did I Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

I have multiple people ask me during my time in ministry if they had committed the unforgivable sin. If you are asking, you probably didn’t. What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? It goes back to Mark 3:2. Jesus has been healing people and casting out demons. He has also done this, in the firstContinue Reading

Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

What is God really up to? Is He doing miracles? In what way is God engaging the world, now? We read about all the things He did in the Bible. Does He still do things like that today or did something change? To the point of this article, does God still speak to people today?Continue Reading

Are You “Word Only”?

There is a phrase called “Word only” that means you believe the Holy Spirit only operates through the written Word, the Bible. People who believe this generally believe the Holy Spirit checked out in the first century when the last words of Revelation were written. I am “Word only” but not in this sense. IContinue Reading

The Danger of Unity at all Costs

We all want unity. Some are trying to hard to get it. Unity at all costs. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t change a thing. The idea is, if we can just keep from upsetting anyone, everyone will be okay. The problem is, it works exactly the opposite than that. The harder you try to keepContinue Reading

A Tiredness Rest Won’t Fix

Are any of you just tired? The kind of tired that a good long Sunday afternoon, rainy day, nap won’t cure? Now, that’s tired! It is a tiredness that seeps down into your bones, grabs hold of your energy and won’t let it go. Relentlessly tired. If you feel that way these days, you areContinue Reading

Meta-Evangelism: Psychoanalyzing Conversion

What happens when someone changes their beliefs…converts to a new religion? It is so easy to focus on what they gain when someone becomes a Christian (community, forgiveness, salvation, etc) but what can we learn about evangelism through understanding the psychological processes of grief and loss. Kubler-Ross gave us the Five Stages of Grief andContinue Reading


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