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, […]

True Discipleship is Immersed in the Culture

-Book Four -Chapter Nine -I’ve made a habit of regularly visiting Latin America throughout my adult life. In those travels I’ve learned a LOT about how different people are from one another across the globe. Just as Americans who live in the rural South are vastly different than Americans who live in Urban Chicago where […]

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 […]

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 […]

Discipleship that Employs the Unemployed…

-Book Four -Chapter Three -My father became a Christian later in life. Having spent more than three decades as a hardened atheist, a series of people and churches played significant roles in his departure from unbelief. One of the most influential group of Christians in my father’s spiritual journey was a bunch of hippies who […]