Two Lost Aspects of Discipleship

When I first moved to the Raleigh area, I stumbled across a little Chinese restaurant near my apartment complex. One afternoon, I walked in to order some General Tso's. The restaurant was empty, except for the two owners cooking in back and two little children playing in the floor. One was a little boy, about…

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…

Church is Not a Spectator Sport

College football season is once again upon us. This week, I am traveling to do some missionary training and last night, I found myself laying in a hotel bed, listening to my team play their opening game on the radio. The Tennessee Volunteers, a top ten ranked team, were getting man-handled by Appalachian State, a…

Discipleship is Being on Mission and Taking Others With You

Jesus was the master discipler. Such a statement is so self-evident it is almost silly to make it. Nevertheless, it serves as a reminder that our source of direction concerning discipleship is none other than the master himself. Take for instance, Mark's detailing of his interaction with the disciples. In chapter 8 of Mark's gospel,…

Is Our Understanding of Discipleship Anemic?

A generation ago, many (most?) churches had a problem with discipleship. In many ways, that became the concern of a generation in evangelical churches across North America. The concept of discipleship had been whittled down to nothing more than conversionist tactics. Walking an aisle and praying a prayer was all that it took to be…

Want a Lifestyle of Evangelism? Start with This.

Monday, I posted a guest piece by a young couple on their growing discipline of evangelism. It is an encouraging piece, and one you should read. I know them personally, and it is a joy to see how evangelism slowly became a fixture in their week, and now it is changing much of their lifestyle.…

Church Small Groups Reimagined: Leaders That Make Leaders Through Bible Stories

Monday, I proposed evangelistic Bible storying as a way to start new small groups at your church through conversion. Bible storying provides the benefit of worldview development as the study progresses from week to week. This, of course, is an exceptional advantage when working with people who are unchurched. In fact, this approach may resonate…

How One Church Prepares Its Missionaries Before They Go

In previous posts, we’ve talked about the need to be proactive instead of reactive concerning missions sending from your church. This means working in advance to cast vision, assess, and equip people from your own church to be international missionaries. This may sound like a daunting task, but I am convinced that any church regardless…

Waiting for our Blessed Hope: Seeing the previews and awaiting the feature presentation

I wrote this post a couple of years ago when the final Batman movie was coming out in theaters. However, in light of another major movie event around the corner (I'm looking at you Star Wars), I thought this was an apt reminder this week as well.   It is a long 15 minutes. When the…