The relationship of discipleship to leadership

The relationship of discipleship to leadership

What is the relationship of discipleship to leadership? Consider someone who desires to become a Christian leader. He may have solid theological knowledge and know how to communicate it in a compelling way. He may have good interpersonal skills and provide sound...
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

At least in America, where I live, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It doesn’t matter if you actually have any ancestors from Ireland. People wear green shirts, order Shamrock shakes, or even dye their city river green (I’m looking at you, Chicago). But it...
The Kingdom: Who’s in charge?

The Kingdom: Who’s in charge?

As we in the United States observe President’s Day today, authority can be a challenging concept to understand. Who has it and why? Does it come from position? From character? From earning trust? How we answer these questions depends on our identity. If we are first...
A Love that is Difficult

A Love that is Difficult

On Valentine’s Day, a holiday usually focused on emotions and romantic love, I thought it would be good to look at what scripture has to say about love. My conclusion? Love is difficult. It’s a high calling and it costs us something. A love that is difficult can...
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

At Christmas we celebrate the coming of Jesus in human flesh. As an infant, he was at his most defenseless. Jesus entered an insecure situation, where his parents were poor and traveling in an unfamiliar land. He entered a fallen world—one where a powerful king was...
Making disciples in real-life environments

Making disciples in real-life environments

One of the critical practices of making disciples well is ensuring that we are living out our faith in real-life environments. That’s where we learn, fail, practice, and teach others. Below is a brief excerpt on this topic from my latest book, The Discipleship...