When Disciples Need to be Rebuked…

-Book Four -Chapter Seventeen Growing up in an evangelical Christian community, I can’t count how many times I was chastised, corrected, rebuked, and reproached by my parents and the Christians around me. Of course, most of it I brought on myself, since I’ve always been a pretty miserable and regular sinner. Fortunately, I also have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Spirit of Thanatos…

-Chapter Sixteen -In ancient Greek mythology, Thanatos the God of Death is an interesting character. Of all the Greek Gods, he is one of the more peculiar in that as his mythology grew, his actual nature slowly evolved and changed. Initially, Thanatos was nothing more than black death and all that accompanies the end of […]

The Cult of Self…

-Chapter Fourteen -It does not take a specialist to notice that since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, faith in god (or religious faith in general) has experienced a steep decline. Agnosticism, atheism, and a general faithlessness has grown throughout the Western World. While much of the faithlessness can be attributed to the cult of […]