Problem with the Human Paradigm

Problem with the Human Paradigm

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. When I (Bill) was nine years old, I went to the altar at my grandmother’s church. A gaggle of praying folks surrounded me and informed me that I […]

Reach the Lost

Reach the Lost

  This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download this eBook here in your favorite format at no cost. My greatest fear growing up was getting lost. It terrified me so much at times that while hunting as a young boy I considered […]

The Human Paradigm Looks Like This

The Human Paradigm Looks Like This

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The Human Paradigm looks like this… There you are! And you’re running! In The Human Paradigm, you’re always running. You’re trying to arrive at the X. But how? […]

Abide in Christ

Abide in Christ

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download this eBook here in your favorite format at no cost. If the goal of our journey is to make disciples of Jesus, we must first learn how to abide in Christ. That is, before we […]

Intro to New eBook: Staying the Course

Intro to New eBook: Staying the Course

  This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download this eBook here in your favorite format at no cost. One day, at a very young age, I was riding in the car with my dad on a steep mountain road that overlooked a […]

Discipleship and the Gift of Desperation

Discipleship and the Gift of Desperation

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about the original twelve disciples before Jesus called them. Their personal histories are vague, but there is one thing that we can say with confidence about all of the apostles: these men would not have made the radical decision to walk away from their everyday lives if everything had […]

Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Words are beautiful things. Cockamamie. Flibertyjibitt. Balderdash. Kerfuffle. Not only do they hold meaning, they can be fun to say. I like to make a note of words of phrases I want to remember or, even better, incorporate into my vernacular. Merlin’s Mushrooms. Good gracious, Ignatius. Gallopin’ grimalkin. Codswallop. And (I confess), I like puns. […]

The False Promise of Discipleship

The False Promise of Discipleship

Very simply, the false promise of discipleship is the premise that discipleship is about you and I getting closer and closer to Jesus. Sounds like one of those paradoxical statements Jesus is known for, right? “The first shall be last and the last first.” “He who finds his life will lose it.” Isn’t being close […]