The Biggest Threat to the Church

If you lurk around Christian Twitter long enough (a habit I do NOT recommend), you notice that one of the perennial themes is whether or not _______________ is a threat to the Church in America. In fact, it appears pretty easy to build a platform, write books, and hold conferences on this theme. Simply pickContinue reading “The Biggest Threat to the Church”

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”

Decisions, Decisions

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!This shall never happen to you.” ButContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

Check the Fruit

Do you ever watch people try to pick fruit at the grocery store or the farmer’s market? They will squeeze and sniff and turn the fruit over and over looking for the slightest imperfections. Or maybe they will thump the rind in order to divine the freshest melon. People are so very picky about theContinue reading “Check the Fruit”

Are You Chicken About Discipling Others?

As I am reading through the devotional, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day, I came across this story from the book Song of the Bird by Tony de Mello: A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grewContinue reading “Are You Chicken About Discipling Others?”

Gold and Silver, Black and White

A few weeks back, lead pastor of Greencastle Christian Church, John Tischer, preached a sermon in which he mentioned the golden rule. You have probably heard it before, even if you were unaware of its origin. It comes from Jesus and is considered one of the basic tenets of Christian ethics. So whatever you wish thatContinue reading “Gold and Silver, Black and White”

Forged in Fire

Lately I have been watching the show Forged in Fire. It is an older show, but it only recently came out on the streaming service I use. In this show, four contestants attempt to forge blades and weapons in a short amount of time to determine who is that episode’s Forged in Fire champion. InContinue reading “Forged in Fire”

Sins of the Father

The other day I was exploring a video posted by Pete Scazzero from Emotionally Healthy Discipleship on the genogram. Basically, a genogram is like a family tree of dysfunction. You trace out your family tree in order to discern behavioral patterns and beliefs that have influenced your personal dysfunction and destructive behaviors and attitudes. ScazzeroContinue reading “Sins of the Father”

Made for Community

So at John Tischer’s recommendation, I have started reading Core 52 by Mark Moore. In short, Moore takes 52 core passages of scripture that every Christian should know. Each week you spend time reading, meditating, and memorizing one of those core passages and a few others linked to it topically. This week I am onContinue reading “Made for Community”