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Discipleship

As long as people gather and interact, emotional processes are at work. Some interactions can be inherently anxious, which will keep churches from moving forward and distract them from accomplishing their mission and purpose. […] Read More

Growing from a sheepish beggar to a seasoned witness, a blind man in John’s Gospel received his sight in his first encounter with Jesus, but his true perception deepened through social pressure, dramatic trials and excommunication. […] Read More

When life is calm, it’s easy for us to think we have control over our environment. As COVID-19 spreads and the stock market dives, Lent asks us to walk by faith rather than by sight, knowing the Divine guides and leads us. […] Read More

As many as a million people were killed during three months of 1994 during the Rwandan genocide. However, healing is the real story in this African nation as neighbor sought forgiveness from neighbor in the aftermath of the slaughter. […] Read More

Through his interaction with a woman who was on the margins of her own community, Jesus boldly defied cultural, religious and political expectations to practice solidarity with ‘the other.’ How bold are you? […] Read More

What are you going to deny yourself for Lent? Here’s an idea. Maybe it’s time to deny your denial and come to terms with the truth. We use the ‘denial dance’ to two-step around the truth about ourselves and the world. […] Read More

Lent is more than remembering the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. It begins with Abram and continues with the story of the migration of covenant people over 1,500 years. Lent is about a journey to the far country. Will you go? […] Read More

Christians today use the 40 days of Lent for introspection, self-examination and repentance. Preparations are being made all around us for another growth cycle. Why should that be any different within our spiritual lives? […] Read More

The 40 days of Lent place Christians on a journey of self-denial. However, the larger lesson of Lent might be we are called to abandon worldly hopes in order to embrace God’s hopes. Are you ready to give up all hope? […] Read More

Even though we may not see the fruits of our labor for others in our lifetimes, the people of God must decide that hardships will not embitter us but instead will embolden us to help bring about a change. […] Read More