Tag Archives: discipleship

The Blessing of Challenge

Recently my family returned from some travels that included a two-week stay with an intentional Christian community called the Bruderhof. We took this rather unusual vacation of sorts partly because we are a family of adventurers who like to go new places and have new experiences. We (especially I) grow bored with routine…

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Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Go On Short-Term Mission Trips – Part 2

In my previous article I shared three reasons why it is beneficial for church leaders to go on short-term mission trips with their congregation. In this article I intend to show how participation in these trips exposes church leaders to God’s work in the world we share. These observations come from my own…

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The Devil’s in the Details: The End Doesn’t Justify the Means

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, two names that dominated baseball in the 1990s. One among the best pitchers of his generation, the other the all-time home run leader in baseball. For the fifth consecutive year they have both failed to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Their…

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The Things that Make for Peace: Confession of Sin

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the things that make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — As my prayer life continues to develop, I find myself listening a lot more than talking. I don’t…

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What If Happiness Actually IS the Truth?

“Clap along if you think that happiness is the truth.” –Pharrell Williams in the song “Happy,” the #1 song of 2014. [1] — Let’s do a little thought experiment. Imagine you could ask the typical American what their goal in life was and you received this ubiquitous, though thoroughly honest, answer: “I just…

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You Cannot Grow a Family Without New Births

Dying churches. You see them everywhere. Losing members, selling off property, worried about the future.  All of them desperately seeking the elusive answer that will reverse the decline.  So churches change ministers, look for new programs, and start up new ministries.  They often turn inward and develop a martyr complex.  Everyone is against…

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