Discipleship is Messy…

-Book Four -Chapter Nineteen -Many years ago my wife and I went out to dinner with a visiting Presbyterian pastor and his wife. They had a couple children younger than ours, and the topic was brought up on how to reach the lost of this world for Christ. Without realizing I was broaching a subject […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]