Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Discipleship’s Not an Event—It is a Way of Life

Kids largely act, think, and display attitudes that are imitative of their parents. Yet, churches spend nearly one hundred percent of their efforts to be the greatest spiritual influence event each week for one to two hours. Research has shown the top spiritual influencers of teens today are (and in this order) mom, dad, pastor, […]

The cross must be raised again

George MacLeod on Where Jesus Died ONLY ONE WAY LEFT (THE IONA COMMUNITY: 1956), P. 38. The cross must be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am claiming that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap, at a crossroads so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. At the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble, because that is where He died […]

Jean Paul

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”

Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying, and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s most magnificent creations. Every year, through […]

Hannah Arendt

“This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.”

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

At the 2017 National Disciple Making Forum, NewChurches.com and LifeWay will focus on how to mature people through disciple making. After all, you will never be able to grow or multiply your church without first maturing your congregation through disciple making. Daniel Im and his team at LifeWay are leading a track at the 2017 National […]

Study guide: Isaiah 43-44

Study guide: Isaiah 43-44   My highlights from Chapter 43: But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isaiah 43:1-2 You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant […]

George Eliot

“Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.”

Transforming the Culture of Youth Ministry

“Many of Christ’s initial disciples were teenagers.” That simple statement from a college professor, along with a study of the Harmony of the Gospels and Jesus’ leadership methods, sparked the supernatural movement of Sonlife. In September of 1979, the first Sonlife Strategy Conference convened with 22 youth pastors in Wheaton, Illinois. We’re as committed today—as […]

Chase the Strays

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. I love watching documentaries and educational programs about wildlife. When perusing television channels I rarely flip past something produced by National Geographic. One of my favorite specials is about African lions. Here’s […]