Discipleship…

Disciple = Learner
I’ve been thinking about the concept of discipleship lately wondering what it means and how we move forward as learners – particularly learners of Jesus. I was thinking of what I would tell someone if I were to share the teachings of Christ with someone. After a while, I would have to come up with examples from life or analogies that would fit the person’s categories of understanding. I’m not sure how effective didactic teaching in systematic theology would be when it comes to “discipleship.” Even stories, after a while, would lose its impact and influence because ultimately, they’re someone else’s story.
All the more, I’m thinking that we are to create contexts of learning/forming. We are to constantly put ourselves in community contexts in order to “practice” our faith. I liken it to a desire to run a marathon. I can read about the best techniques for breathing and stride, but until I actually hit the pavement, it’ll be a mental exercise that will produce very little when race time comes.
So, all this is to say we need to be experiencing life beyond didactic study. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we need to study the Scriptures. I just think that we as Christians have overemphasized one aspect of learning and have neglected other areas of formation…

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Entering into Foreign Land…

I was reading the book of Ruth this morning and was absolutely humbled and inspired at the same time. She was someone who was willing to forego any sense of entitlement, cultural heritage, or comfort from home. She had the opportunity to go back to her homeland and be with her people and her familiar gods. Yet, she clings to someone who is not her flesh and blood and enters into a foreign land. She is absolutely devoted. She is exalted not through opportunism but through divine leading and blessing.
As I pray through where God would lead me in my own journey, I remain open to his direction. I am challenged with my convictions of entering into a place that is foreign to me and embracing people that are completely different from me and yet, I am reminded that my God will make a way…

Convergence begins…

so, i just got back from the EC church planter assessment in denver, co. it was an absolutely incredible experience!!! the highlight for me is always meeting new people and making friends which was true in this case as well. beyond that, it was absolutely affirming, encouraging, and challenging for me as i continue to process my calling to create a convergent community.
in short, i have passed the assessment which gives me a green light to move forward in forming and planting Convergence. It’s sooooooooooo exciting!!!
you’ll be reading much more about my thoughts, convictions, and hopes as we move forward…

Divine Power and Revelation…

Over that past month, Terry has lost 45% of her hearing in her right ear for unexplainable and undiagnosable reasons. I have prayed fervently, asked friends to pray, but nothing has happened. Will my prayer cease because of the final diagnosis? No… I have to believe that God can heal her. I look at Scripture and read of Jesus healing the sick and raising the dead. I know that this is possible. So, I will persist in prayer. I will ask for healing. I will also ask for revelation. I will ask why? I know that God tests us and challenges us to shape us. It’s sometimes the only way we’ll ever be aware of any need to change at all. So, in this way, I am seeking both divine power and revelation…