Let’s Make Disciples – The Restoration Project

Sometimes I think if I hear another person announce, — “We need more discipling in our church! These people have never been taught what it really means to be a Christian. We’ve got to start telling them!”— Or, “Discipleship – … Continue reading

233 – Water – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Two things came together Sunday that have me thinking about water this week. First, last Sunday was the celebrated as the “Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.” Many in church listened to the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ baptism and … Continue reading

202 – Discipleship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago a young man spoke at our church on his work with the organization Youth with a Mission  ( http://www.ywam.org/ ). He spoke in part of his working in the YWAM’s “Discipleship Training School.”  I had not heard of … Continue reading

188 – Community – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The other day I came across this quote from Georges Florovsky (a twentieth century Russian theologian), Christianity entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension.  From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a ‘doctrine,’ … Continue reading

146 – Rhythm – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

One of my favorite passages from Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation is Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a … Continue reading

145 – Fooling Ourselves – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago I came across an article by Evan Howard entitled “Three Temptations of Spiritual Formation.” *  I have to admit the title caught my attention immediately.  Below are a few sentences from the article. “…. I love participating with believers … Continue reading

144 – Duties – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

One of Eugene Peterson’s books* is subtitled, “Discipleship in an Instant Society.”  If that was true in 1980 when it was first published, I suspect most of us would easily agree it is even more true today.  Given our desire for (or is … Continue reading

80 – Spiritual Formation – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I decided to start this year by rereading 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight.  As I begin to read it again, I see more and more the passion McKnight has to share what he sees as foundational … Continue reading