Bust the Peer Bubble in Your Church

I recently wrote about why it is important for believers to be in community with believers of different generations and life stages. The article, because it was for a pastors' blog, was geared towards how church leaders can facilitate multi-life-stage discipleship among church members. But that is only half of the conversation. Though pastors should…

Nearsighted churches vs. farsighted churches

Eyeballs are fascinating. They take in all of this information around us and translate it into a vision that is meaningful. They give us the information we need to see the road ahead and watch out for hazards. They interpret our surroundings and show us the best ways to get somewhere. But sometimes, they don't…

How Do You Measure Discipleship?

"We're not about making decisions, we're about making disciples!" It is a common refrain in church services nowadays. And that is the right attitude. After all, making disciples includes "teaching them all I have commanded." We should be concerned about raising up people in Christ, about maturing Christians who are themselves disciples. But here is…

The Church and Her Mission to the Cities

We need better ministry methods in our cities. There is a lot of talk out there nowadays about cities. Everyone, including me, is quoting that statistic about half the world's population. Fresh calls come forth regularly for a focus on our cities, and they need to. We do need to be working in cities, and…

The Discipleship Spiral: Doing to learn, and learning to do.

Some of you will be familiar with Grant Osborne's work, The Hermeneutical Spiral. For those of you who are not, hermeneutics is the fancy name for interpreting the Bible, and Osborne wrote a book where he compared the process of interpretation to a spiral. The reader spirals back and forth from the text of Scripture to…

Good Ministry to Internationals in One, Short Video

I am always excited to pass on good resources, and the following video is just that. It is a short testimony of a couple realizing their responsibility to share the gospel with unreached people groups here in the States. The video briefly walks through that process for them, and it is really good. I am…