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 […]

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 […]

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 Christian Children are the Disciples of Pagans..

-Book Four -Chapter Seven -Many years ago, as a young twenty-something about to have his first child, I spent a lot of time considering what God’s word had to say to parents about how to raise their children. No other text in holy writ influenced me more than the Shema Yisrael in the book of […]

Discipleship Immersed in Community…

-Book Four -Chapter Six -Throughout my life I’ve met a lot of Christian families who have moved away from the cities in America and moved far into the country. These parents have literally told me, their decision was based on getting away from “the people of this world” and raising their children in a safer […]

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 […]

True Discipleship, not Fake Christianity…

-Book Four -Chapter One -Why is Christian community in America so often based on church meetings? Have you ever noticed that churches often organize their social activity around meetings more often then natural friendships that occur in unplanned, random daily occurences? Here is a sample of local church meetings I’ve noticed in my area; “Bible […]

Now & Now Only…

-Chapter Eighteen -Everyone needs an origin story. Just as the amnesiac loses their identity by not knowing where they come from, and the orphan who searches for his birth family as a way of learning something about himself, so every human needs an origin story to give them a greater sense of definition and coherence […]