This blog is a way for me to “process out loud” some of the things I’m learning, and share them with a wider audience. I get to process unfinished thoughts, hunches, and bits of intuition in a public forum that allows for some communal refinement and discussion. So thank you to those of you who comment! It’s quite helpful for me and I find the whole process to be loads of fun.
Listed below are a few notable posts from 2012. Some are notable because there were a lot of comments, others are notable because they were important for my own development and growth. (Also, I created a Recommended Reading page!) Here are the posts, in chronological order:
How can we reclaim the practice of proclaiming the gospel in an age that cringes when it hears the word “evangelism”?
If you think it’s hard being a disciple of Christ, you should try living the other way.
Some of the shortcuts we often take when trying to build a discipling culture in our churches.
Maybe one of the reasons we don’t see more renewal in the church is that we haven’t yet prepared the structures that could receive it and multiply it for the blessing of the world.
Why do some missional ventures that look so good “on paper” fail so miserably in real life?
Why is it hard to invest in making disciples who can make disciples?
I realized I had to become much more imitate-able, which meant I needed to explain why I was doing the things I was doing (otherwise it just looks like magic to them), and I needed to give them opportunities to imitate what I was doing.
A six-part series on making disciples. A practical vision for real fruitfulness.
The “chicken-or-egg” question of every missional church plant needs to wrestle with.
The success of the discipling process depends largely on the leader’s willingness to die to their own desires, laying down their lives for those they are discipling.
Do we really know WHY discipleship to Jesus is a big deal? Why pursue a discipling culture in the first place?
People Can’t Imitate Your Intentions
People can’t imitate my intentions, only imitate my actions, which meant I had to lead by example or I was never going to make a disciple.
Sometimes our competency issues reveal character issues when we start digging.