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Are you Confusing the productivity of the Structure for Successful Transformation?

How much should I focus on creating networks of healthy life groups and how much time should be invested in producing life change both inside your life and the lives of others? YES. What House Churches get Wrong. There is leveraged impact when many people are moving in one direction together and it allows more Read more about Are you Confusing the productivity of the Structure for Successful Transformation?[…]

deliberate discipleship

Deliberate Discipelship: what it is and what it isn’t.

In the christian world right now the buzz words are #discipleship  #churchplanting #makedisciples and I hope it is not a fad but in the latest post I read by Ed Stetzer called You Mass Produce Cars, not disciples it’s yet another attempt at clobbering clergy, proposing a vague “small group” solution, and regurgitating leadership development mantras Read more about Deliberate Discipelship: what it is and what it isn’t.[…]

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Why I love the Local Church            

I admit it. I love the local church. In its messiness. In its brokenness. I love the local church. And I get so tired of hearing the latest speaker or blogger tell me how they were beaten down or disrespected or cheated by some one “in” the church…I often wonder if they mean the building. Because Read more about Why I love the Local Church            […]

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How important is scaffolding in the Discipleship Journey?

Driving through old town orange I see buildings that are getting refurbished and often around those buildings are these temporary structures made of wooden planks and metal poles being used by workers while building, repairing, and cleaning the building… Scaffolding. Im not arguing that scaffolding isn’t critical in the process of real life buildings…but to Read more about How important is scaffolding in the Discipleship Journey?[…]

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The Surprising Reality on How People Change.

Everybody wants to change…well, a significant majority of people.  And for the most part, we can observe all the areas of grow in our lives and for the remaining areas we can have some one point them out to us. Lose weight | read more | character | communication | service | etc In the church the most notable Read more about The Surprising Reality on How People Change.[…]

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Jesus is always relevant, No Cliché has ever been more true.

Do we ever tire of “updating maps”? In a constant struggle to be relevant we sacrifice time of knowing God more…the being of whom we are trying to be relevant for. There is nothing more relevant than Jesus. We argue about tactics….of which there are limitless options. The Two Potential Directions We Go: The Theologian Read more about Jesus is always relevant, No Cliché has ever been more true.[…]

simplicity

The Sexiness of Simplicity: Defining What Simplicity Means for the Church.

Simplicity is beautiful. Simplicity isn’t the presence of naiveté; rather it is the absence of innocence. Simplicity is more than a minimalist lifestyle; it is a synthesized and sophisticated worldview. In the church we tend to run to hometown buffet before we run to the simplicity of a singular idea. We become all things to Read more about The Sexiness of Simplicity: Defining What Simplicity Means for the Church.[…]

genuine care

Is Caring important in this discipleship journey?

A constant question that I try to answer in every conversation—how do you meet the person you are talking to exactly where they are and help them answer the deepest question they are trying to ask. Care. It starts there and really is that simple. Can you do this without caring, I am sure on some Read more about Is Caring important in this discipleship journey?[…]