Evangelism and Discipleship: And/Both not Either/Or

“Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and stay on with all of you for your advancement and joy of the faith.” (Philippians 1:25) Here is a significant idea that is often missed in the life of the church and even of believers. We have been impressed so strongly with the call to… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

A Time to Keep Silence and a Time to Speak

“But Peter followed him from a distance up to the court of the High Priest and going in he sat with the subordinates to witness the end.” (Matthew 26:58)   “And Peter, from a distance, followed him as far as the courtyard of the High Priest and he was sitting with the subordinates and warming… Read More

A Place of Refuge

“God is to us a place of refuge and strength; A helper in distress he is very much found to be.” (Psalm 46:2 {verse 1 in English Bibles})   While the wording of the second line of this verse is a little awkward in English, I rendered it so in the hopes of preserving the… Read More

The Culture Wars

In Christian circles, we talk a lot about the culture wars and at least vaguely, I think, most people have some sense of what is meant by that. As we look around us, the western culture has grown more secular and less markedly “Christian” as a whole and the culture war is the crusade that… Read More

Thoughts on Structuring a Discipleship Program

Recently, I was asked for some input on how I would structure a discipleship program if I were to have about 6 months of fairly intensive time to work with a small group of men.  I thought that I would share my initial thoughts here.   When I began doing homeless ministry, I spent some… Read More