Discipleship is For Misfits…

-Book Four -Chapter Sixteen -One of the early recollections I have of church sermons as a youth, was a message given by a pastor about the type of disciples that Jesus chose; instead of choosing men who were part of the popular crowd, Jesus literally chose young men at the bottom of Jewish society. There […]

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 […]

Abandoning Retirement to Make Disciples…

-Book Four -Chapter Eleven -For nearly twenty years, Pastor Pohly made an indelible mark on my life. Though he was fifty-two years older than me, I could never imagine wanting to spend time with someone else, more, than I wanted to spend time with him when he was alive. I was sixteen when I met […]

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 […]

The Religion of the Priests…

-Chapter Nineteen -A weak religious narrative fails society. We’ve seen how religious narratives that focus on wealth and prosperity at the expense of the poor and least of these end up alienating young adults from religion. Priests and ministers of a religion who focus on their own selfish-happiness contribute to the disintegration of culture and […]

The Religion of the Not-Religion…

-Chapter Ten –The central tenant of the purveyors of the scientific method was that they were not using the tools of religion. Even well-known Christians who were advocates of fact-based, scientific philosophies, such as Francis Bacon in the 16th century, explained they were not using Christianity, religion, or faith to conduct their experiments, but rather, […]

A New Religion Emerges…

-Book Three -Chapter Five –Whenever a new religion appears in history it is not too difficult to identify the oracles and priests that fostered its growth. In Islam, the prophet Muhammad came to prominence in the 6th century and after his death, his followers split between those who followed his cleric cousin Ali (his followers […]

Replacing One Religion With Another…

-Book Three -Chapter Four –In the 4th century, ancient Egypt, which used to fully embrace polytheism (the worship of many different pagan gods) slowly tilted in favor of the sun god Ra taking preeminence over all the other gods; so much so that by the time Pharaoh Amenhotep rose to power, he changed his name […]

True Religion tells you who you are…

-Book Three -Chapter Three – Who are you? At first glance this seems to be a rather simple question, but in the larger picture of life, we realize that at its core, this question drives deep within the heart and conflicts that millions of people grapple with each day. How many broken relationships and divorces are […]