Discipleship Involves Earnest Love & Hospitality…

-Book Four -Chapter Eighteen -In the Apostle Peter’s first letter, he talks quite graphically of how those outside of the church live and what they, “want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same […]

Discipleship That Bears Burdens…

-Book Four -Chapter Fifteen “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” [Galatians 6:1-3] The Apostle Paul’s admonishment to the church in Galatia […]

Sometimes, Disciples Commit Suicide…

-Book Four -Chapter Fourteen -Embedded within Christ’s commission to His followers to “Go out into the whole world and make disciples of all men” is a difficult reality; sometimes, our disciples will do awful things. No where is this more reticent than in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus and eventual suicide. Judas was one of the […]

Discipleship is NOT Psychological Counseling…

-Book Four -Chapter Thirteen -The American Civil War divided the nation unlike anything before. In the years preceding and during the war, all of the major Christian denominations experienced massive church splits due to slavery and the politics involved; the Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches experienced North-South division. When the war finally ended, the […]

True Discipleship Unites the Church..

-Book Four -Chapter Twelve -According to the Apostle Paul, it is not God’s will that Christians group together in competing factions where we worship God in a spirit of disunity. Preserving the unity of the church was central to the mind of Paul’s vision for the gospel. He writes, “I appeal to you, brothers, by […]

Disciples Need Room to Roam…

-Book Four -Chapter Ten -One of the more dramatic moments during the night that Jesus was betrayed, occurred when Peter drew his sword and struck the ear of the high priest’s servant. Of all the disciples, Peter was often the most outspoken and first to put his foot in his mouth. Rather than upset Jesus, […]

When Discipleship and Drug Addiction Collide…

-Book Four -Chapter Eight -The parable of the prodigal son told by Jesus is one of the more well known biblical stories. People are usually endeared by the love of the father, who against all expectations received his son back into the family with no questions asked. Often lost in the story is the principles […]

That Time The Discipleship Movement Failed…

-Book Four -Chapter Five -After my parents moved our family from Chicago to Michigan in the 1980’s, my parents became involved in a church that was connected to what was nationally known as “The Discipleship Movement” (also called “The Shepherding Movement”). The Discipleship Movement was an ecumenical group of Christians comprised of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, […]

Making Disciples While You Milk Cows…

-Book Four -Chapter Four -After work one day, around the age of my sixteenth birthday, I came home to find an old man sitting in my living room. My mother was sitting with him drinking coffee, and as I walked into the room the old dude rose to greet me. My mother said, “Kenny, this […]

Listening to Lectures is NOT Discipleship…

-Book Four -Chapter Two -I’ve spent much of my life thinking about discipleship. After all, the Great Commission Jesus gave to his own Disciples was to “Go out into all the world and make disciples of all men”. Jesus didn’t say to His followers, “create men’s groups” or “create nice suburban social clubs”, He said […]