Tag Archives: discipleship

Helping Your Prodigals to Come Home … and Stay Home

Prodigals. Every church family has them and every church wants them to come home. We preach about it, sing about it, and pray about it. We want the Christian whose life has blown apart because of sin to repent and be restored. We welcome the prodigal to sit in our office and talk…

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Where Are You Going, Abram?

After over 10 years of dreaming, praying, and visiting Philadelphia, the time has come for my family and I to finally move out of Texas and into the city of brotherly love. This has been such a long, exciting, anxious journey filled with doubts, struggles, enthusiasm, questions, frustration, affirmation, and joy. During these…

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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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