Who Do You Want To Be?

One of my favorite bands growing up was Switchfoot. Whether you have heard of them or not, I encourage you to check them out. One of their hit songs was “This is Your Life.” (If you want, you can find it here.) Through the song, the lyrics repeat the probing question, “Are you who youContinue reading “Who Do You Want To Be?”

No More Celebrity Pastors

In the book, The Insanity of God, Nik Ripken tells the stories of his travels among churches all over the world who face persecution because of their allegiance to King Jesus. In China, Nik met with a gathering of pastors in secret and heard their stories of prison. In the telling, Nik shares an amazingContinue reading “No More Celebrity Pastors”

Talking Back: A Guide for Fighting Demons

In his powerful book, Live No Lies, John Mark Comer introduces us to the work of Evagrius of Pontus. Evagrius was a 4th century monk and author of a number of texts on spiritual formation, especially the formation of the mind. One such work is titled, Antirrhetikos, or Talking Back. In Talking Back, Evagrius laysContinue reading “Talking Back: A Guide for Fighting Demons”

Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger

Be appalled, O heavens, at this;     be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,     the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,     broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:12-13 English Standard Version The Bible makes clear that we have an idolatry problem. FundamentalContinue reading “Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger”

Normalize Boredom

With my men’s group, we have been working our way through Rich Villodas’ book, The Deeply Formed Life. In his book, Villodas explores five areas in which Christians in America especially need the transformative work of King Jesus in our lives as well as spiritual disciplines that help us grow in these areas. Time preventsContinue reading “Normalize Boredom”

You Are Who You Meet

As I approach my 40th birthday this year (ugh), I am “trying” to be more health conscious. You know . . . the whole diet and exercise nonsense. I find myself checking calorie counts on foods and convincing myself the taste isn’t worth the waist. Of course, all this brings to mind the old saying,Continue reading “You Are Who You Meet”

Remember the Lord’s Supper

The following is an excerpt from a discipleship book I am writing. Often paired with baptism, the practice of Communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) is a communal discipline initiated by Jesus and passed on through His early disciples to the Church today. It is practiced in different ways byContinue reading “Remember the Lord’s Supper”

How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?

This past Sunday was Resurrection Sunday, a celebration of the fact that Jesus conquered death and now lives and reigns forever. However, if we truly believe this in our hearts and not just our heads, then really every day should be Resurrection Day. What I mean is that every single day should be lived inContinue reading “How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?”

How Jesus Restories Us

No, that is not a typo in the title of this blog post. Since January, I have been writing a book and teaching a class on discipleship and disciple-making called Into His Image. (If interested, you can watch recordings of the class here.) The further I go, the more I am beginning to see discipleshipContinue reading “How Jesus Restories Us”

Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio

News broke this week that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away. Social media was aflame (as always), and divided (as always) over the legacy of this man. For those on the right, Limbaugh was a lion of a man, a genius, a pioneer for what it means to fight for conservative political ideals inContinue reading “Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio”