discipleship

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    Transience.

    Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry...
  • “You Should Come to My Church.”

    As we go about our week we often run into people in our community who are not believers and are not connected to any church. During the course of small talk, the topic of church is broached and we then ask our new acquaintance if they go to church...
  • Insider Movements: A Response to Dave Garner

    This past week a few people alerted me to Dave Garner’s article on The Gospel Coalition website regarding Insider Movements (IM). While I strongly agree with Dr. Garner’s overarching assessment of IM, certain aspects of the essay needed further clarification and elaboration. It is my hope that this rejoinder...
  • Relearning How to Follow Jesus

    When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When...
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    Why Write a Memoir?

    Every once and a while a strange but wonderful happenstance takes place in my office here at the University of Aberdeen. All three of us (myself and two officemates) spontaneously look up from our systematic theology books, economic charts of the Irish economy, and ancient Greek manuscripts to take...
  • “Conference” Call

    Just a  few weeks ago, I came home from what has been a mentally and spiritually emptying season of work. The last month had been one of those seasons filled with “pound-your-head-against-the-wall” experiences, the struggle of dealing with apathy amongst your team, and numerous examples where the harder you...
  • The Priority of Evangelism in Global Missions

    Every day 38,000 Muslims die. They die and pass into an eternity in hell. There is one Christian missionary for every 420,000 Muslims on the earth. These are just the stats for Islam. If we add the world’s other major religious blocks—Hinduism and Buddhism—then the numbers become even more...
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    Remote Control

    If you happened to be sitting between rows 24 and 27 on the American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Dallas last Sunday, you might have heard the following rhyme playing repeatedly during the 38 minute flight: I’ve got a remote/ and I’m ready to roll/ making things happen/...
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    New-vember

    I’m new here. New to this blog, new to the church I’m attending, and fairly new to motherhood. To some, “new” means change and change is frightening. There’s just so much unknown in change, and that can be deeply unsettling. Being both an optimist and a bit of an idealist,...
  • Discipleship Principles

    1.     Discipleship is about a Relationship Michael Wilkins has defined a disciple of Jesus as one who “has come to Jesus for eternal life, has claimed Jesus as Savior and God, and has embarked upon the life of following Jesus.” His very presence in my life and...
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    Shane Claiborne Interview: Ecclesia and Ethics

    In preparation for our Ecclesia and Ethics conference (ecclesiaethics.com), we’re putting together a few video interviews to raise interest and excitement. Check out this short interview we did with Shane Claiborne. For some reason the video didn’t record, but the audio is great. Our future interviews will contain video....
  • Losing Our Religion

    On a recent visit to Reality San Francisco, I couldn’t help but feel that a large movement had begun throughout their community. Though there was over a thousand people in attendance, it was easy to feel the small community within the Mission District Middle School that Sunday morning. Usually...
  • Going to Heaven with Jesus

    As a student of the New Testament, I am one of those odd characters who enjoys the minutia of grammatical details in the original languages and especially their interpretative significance.  Yet what motivates me in working through the details is primarily a genuine application of discipleship to Jesus.  Today’s...
  • How I Became a Disciple

    As the New Year is approaching, I cannot help but to remember my past and stand in awe of God. June 2013 will mark my ten-year anniversary of being a Christian, and August 2013 will bring my 30th birthday! Spending the entirety of my twenties figuring out life as...
  • Keeping Focus on Family through Self-Indulgent Summer

    Whatever family friendly sit-com you grow up watching- whether the I Love Lucy, Full House, or Home Improvement, the source of the laughs and the heart-tugs are the same- family can be rough sometimes. We can all see the elements of dysfunction, and fortunately, all share a laugh of emphathy when...