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?[…]

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.[…]

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?[…]

Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.

I have been encouraged by discipleship.org and their attempt to clarify what we see in the scripture.  It isn’t about conversion, its about discipleship.  It isn’t about helping people become ushers or donut servers…its about becoming disciple makers. It helps to follow the Jesus curriculum in this discipleship process that brings us back to the great Read more about Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.[…]

Discipleship —I Genuinely Want To see What’s Different than Before about Discipleship

Discipleship is #trending.  Though there has been an explosion of content for a theoretical concept of discipleship, as you explore deeper it seems to be a SSDD type of trend. I was exploring some of the recent “discipleship” websites like the Growing Up Challenge and the Relational Discipleship Network and what I continually find is a Read more about Discipleship —I Genuinely Want To see What’s Different than Before about Discipleship[…]

Death by accountability and 2 Encouragements on Appropriate Trust.

In recent conversations the idea of trust has come up over and over and over.  Trust in marital relationships.  Trust in business connections.  Trust with friends to do what they said they will do. Trust in small group settings and hearing people wrestle with why there isn’t more authenticity and life being shared…trust. People will Read more about Death by accountability and 2 Encouragements on Appropriate Trust.[…]

The complexity of relationships and how to recognize them.

Relationships.  It’s how the world works but how exactly do relationships work? There are 3 major layers to relationships and 3 major arenas that they take place in. You can measure every church by these 3 layers and these 3 arenas and assess how well and organized a church is. Three layers of relationship are: Read more about The complexity of relationships and how to recognize them.[…]

Knowing REST is harder than you think.

Rest is a complicated idea.  Not that it is difficult to understand but that there are many layers and some forms of “rest” are deceptive and lead you to believe that you will be more rested than what can be delivered. For example: Watching TV…false rest. It may seem as if you are rested.  You Read more about Knowing REST is harder than you think.[…]