The Holy Spirit and How People Change

The Holy Spirit and How People Change

When George Whitefield was asked how many people were saved in a meeting where he had preached, he answered, “I don’t know. We should know more in six months.” Whenever the gospel is preached, we know that God works to convert people. But even Jesus indicated in the parable of the sower that we cannot […]

What Happened to Following Jesus?

What Happened to Following Jesus?

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. Most of Jesus’ apostles were in their late teens and early twenties. They were products of orthodox Jewish homes and local synagogues, where they had learned the Scriptures. They were conversant with the great messianic passages from the […]

Living on Mission

Living on Mission

You were made to make an eternal impact. God didn’t save you to simply live a life that was safe, predictable and cautious. He saved you to leave a legacy of faith — passed down from one person to another — that will change generations long after you are gone. I can say from personal […]

The Center of Your Heart

The Center of Your Heart

Among the ruins of ancient Rome sits a small dungeon still intact. In its prime, it was nothing more than a dark, circular, underground hole with plastered walls and a single opening on top where they lowered prisoners into confinement. It was a lonely place — a desperate place. Today you can tour it, going […]

What Does It Mean to Make Jesus the Center of My Life?

What Does It Mean to Make Jesus the Center of My Life?

Imagine over 2 million Jewish slaves wandering in the wilderness. For 400 years they were enslaved in Egypt, providing the hard labor force to support the luxurious lifestyle of its citizens. God had heard their cries and brought them out by His own power under the direction of Moses. Next, they were wandering, waiting on […]

The Discipleship Gospel 
(a.k.a. The Kingdom Gospel)

The Discipleship Gospel 
(a.k.a. The Kingdom Gospel)

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. New Testament scholars agree that Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God more than anything else during his earthly ministry—more than one hundred times.[1] To explain its mysteries, he used many parables and metaphors. But to say that […]

The Path of Life

The Path of Life

I will never forget climbing my first 14,000–foot peak in Colorado. At the beginning, the path was very clear and obvious. The trailhead parking lot was full of cars, signs were everywhere, and people busily milled about. The path seemed worn and gradual as we trekked through tall pine trees and past mountain meadows. I […]

The Importance of a Discipleship Theology

The Importance of a Discipleship Theology

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. “As egg-headed as it may sound, our basic problem is our theology. The problem is our doctrine of salvation.”[1] —Dallas Willard Why must we define the gospel today? Let’s start with a common scene that takes place in […]

Discipleship and the Church

Discipleship and the Church

A few years back I was catching up with a friend who is on staff with a campus ministry. He loves the lost and has a real desire to see the world, and students in particular, come to faith and grow in maturity. As we discussed his plan to disciple his students, he mentioned there […]

Discipling in Times of Weakness

Discipling in Times of Weakness

Since fourteen, I have struggled with a long list of health problems. While many doctors have helped me manage my symptoms, no one has been able to attribute my condition to any specific cause. My symptoms have varied.  The severity of each symptom has varied. But I have yet to feel healthy.  That much has […]