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Why Churches Don’t Produce Disciple-Makers

Who Cares about the Bullseye! The mission of the church is as obvious as the rising sun – go and make disciples. The method of Jesus is no more ambiguous – gather followers and teach them, share life with them, and enable them to be disciple-makers. Yet somehow in the busyness of constructing buildings, arranging…

How to Build a Life of Permanent Value

Christian beware: you can waste your life. Paul is unequivocal about this (I Cor. 3:13-15). He warns that the life choices of some Christians amount to the long-term worth of a pile of sticks thrown on the fire. But the reverse side of the warning is an encouragement. If Christians can waste their lives, so…

How to Be a Contemporary Christian

Contemporary Christianity has nothing to do with surfing the present moment. As preached on Sunday morning, the values of this world were invalidated 2,000 years ago when Jesus died and rose again. On resurrection Sunday Jesus signalled the dawn of a new creation and issued a command to his disciples to follow him by making…

The Need for Life-on-Life Discipleship

Doug Fell uses an image from parenting to demonstrate why the church is failing to produce mature disciples. Imagine if once a week parents sat their kids down on a couch and lectured to them for an hour about everything they needed to know and do for the next week. How well would that go?…

The Call to Fight Sin

The Story of Kudzu Kudzu is killing the plant life of the Southern United States. Native to Japan, kuzdu was brought to America in 1876 for an exposition. The plant was promoted as a decorative plant for gardens and as food for farm animals. Later it was taken to the Southern States and used throughout…

The Gospel Is for Parents

How do struggling families bear the fruit of the gospel?  Fruitless Trees and Fruitless Families I grew up in a funny place. In south Louisiana, where I spent my childhood, banana trees were everywhere, in people’s gardens, by poolside patios, around outdoor decks, even inside shopping malls. But, oddly enough, there were no bananas on…

Undoing Worry

The Call to Feel Rightly Instruments need to be tuned regularly. If you leave a guitar on a stand, before you know it the strings will lose pitch. The same is true of the human heart. We need to reconnect with God daily or else our feelings about life will go flat. Worry will replace…