Tag Archives: discipleship

Rebooting

I went through a podcast phase about three years ago. I subscribed to anything that seemed interesting. What followed was information overload. I could not keep up, so recently I began the “great podcast purge.” The podcasts that survived fall into two categories: they are short, as in seven minutes or less; or they are the work of storytellers.

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Without Vision, Ministry Perishes (Part 2)

Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint. (Prov. 29:18, NRSV) — When I was teaching one of my favorite poems was Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” The final line (very edited) states, “Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: Teachers make…

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Discipling Children, Part 1: Pilgrims on a Journey

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. (Genesis 1:27a) — Historically, childhood has been viewed through various lenses as theology and culture have evolved. For instance, by examining medieval artwork, one could conclude that the idea of childhood did not exist until modernity. The artwork…

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A Body Lost and a Soul Saved

Betsy grew up in and around church but her church experience gave her more scars than blessings. Things said in confidence to church leaders were repeated from the pulpit. She never made the commitment to follow Jesus. With maturity, she was able to realize that those experiences were not reflective of what church…

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Boxing Day Sermon

The humblest day of the year has to be Dec. 26. At least Dec. 24 gets to be Christmas Eve. All the other dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the “Holiday Season.” There’s great anticipation and much preparation in those days. The spirit of Christmas is there; but Dec. 26 is different. Some…

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3 Steps to Keep Your Children’s Ministry Clique Free

It was during our most recent Fall Retreat weekend when I stood from a noticeable distance as I observed one 4th grade girl say to another, “No, we’re still friends with you. We just don’t want you to sit by us right now.” I knew in that moment that my sweet babies, who…

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