Being on sabbatical doesn’t mean I can’t do projects around the house. Now that I’m back from my adventure in Israel & Jordan, I’ve had a chance to work on several of the things around the house that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but because I haven’t “stopped” regularly – I’ve never given myself the time to do. So, one of the goals of my sabbatical was also to work on some projects around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.
Big project number one? The garage floor. Continue reading DIY Garage Floor Coating
Disciple-making is not something to be undertaken only in a classroom. It is also not something to be done only while sitting and drinking a cup of coffee or having a meal. Disciples aren’t just made in one-hour weekly meetings to discuss doctrines, Bible passages, or life issues. It may certainly can contain each of those things, but if that is all our disciple-making is, then we are leaving out one of the most important components of Jesus’ methodology: the with-me principle. Continue reading The Missing Piece in Making Disciples
Most parents do a great job of educating their children about the dangers of sex, drugs, gangs and so forth. However, in effort to make sure children avoid the pitfalls of adolescence, they often forget to teach them how to do some of those things well. Dating is a perfect example. Most young adults have heard the standard reasons why one should abstain from sex before marriage, but very few have ever been taught a method for how to date someone. They are all left up to their own to figure out how to do it. Continue reading A Method for Dating
As my sixth class of 25 Forge students arrived this past week, I couldn’t help but notice what I consider to be one of the most difficult obstacles in making disciples. As the students lugged their belongings into the apartments and began to get to know one another, I kept thinking about all that was involved in getting them here: a lengthy application process, an interview, then an acceptance commitment, then several packets of information, lots of phone calls, scheduled arrival times, and, finally, a welcome dinner for the students and their families (just to name a few).
That’s when it hit me: Continue reading Discipleship 101 – The Biggest Obstacle
When I was in college I was fortunate enough to have a man not only impart the Gospel to me, but also his very life as well (1 Thes. 2:8). I would not be the minister I am today without his investment in my life. In fact, being his disciple for two years has had more impact on the way I do ministry today than my seminary education did.
Unfortunately, I find my story to be a rare one. Whether in the lives of the college students I work with on a regular basis, my peers, or even other believers who are older than me, few have been discipled. Too few. Alarmingly few.
How can this be? It is one of the most fundamental elements of being a follower of Jesus – and yet there are few who are being obedient. How are we okay with this? Simple. We’ve come up with some really good excuses. Actually, they’re really lame – but we seem to think they justify our obstinance. Here are 10 that I hear all too frequently: Continue reading Top 10 Excuses for not Making Disciples