Maybe it’s time to mothball two of the church’s favorite terms: evangelism and discipleship.
The current meaning of these terms has deteriorated into something far afield from the original intent.
Let’s start with evangelism. For most churches, evangelism boils down to one of two activities:
- Lecture a roomful of people about sin and God.
- Hope that stalwarts from your denomination move to town and join your church.
The church had occupied that corner for years, so long, in fact, that the locals knew to ignore it. They drove past but they never considered stopping by; why would they? Read the rest of this entry
At first it sounded like a stupid joke but no, some of the people pushing this line are serious! Tebow recovered from his latest funk and pulled a stunning victory out of the first play in overtime against the Steelers. Read the rest of this entry
Not everybody loves the Kardashians but is there anyone who hasn’t heard of them? Few people know what they really do but many folks dream about being just like them – celebrities. What’s their secret? You might argue that they don’t do anything of value, you could be concerned about their stunted morals and the shallowness they present, but you Read the rest of this entry
Well the inevitable happened and the Broncos lost a game. It was a pleasant change to see them start real strong and do well in the first quarter but the pressure was too great and they faded after some fatal mistakes. No problem, it’s just a game!
After the game, NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington caught up with Tim Tebow as he was leaving the locker room. Darlington asked if Tebow’s faith was impacted by the loss. Read the rest of this entry
Faith demands that those who follow it behave with distinction in meeting its demands. Yet the way of faith seems designed to bring its followers into conflict with the realities of life in almost everything we do. Looking back over church history it is obvious that the people of faith have real problems keeping their act together in many areas. Partly this is because we insist on Read the rest of this entry
Sometimes we struggle with the idea of knowing God and being friends with Jesus. Some of us do better with pictures than words; you can talk all you like but we only connect when we see what you are talking about. Thomas was a bit like that. The others told him excitedly Read the rest of this entry
“After practicing dentistry for almost 40 years I’ve decided I can’t get it right so I’m retiring!” said my friend Norm (who was in reality a great dentist). Sometimes we feel like that and we are not joking about it like Norm was. We think of ourselves as the people with “the answers to life.” We think, “It must be true because we have the true faith that everyone else needs to accept.” In our saner moments we are sometimes forced to admit that we don’t have all the answers but we do have more questions than most people. Too often our actions produce the opposite of what we intended. In those honest moments it is time to join the dots.
Think for a moment about Simon, the one they called Peter. He struggled to piece together the provocative insights of Jesus in the context of his life and times. Sometimes he was right, sometimes wrong. He fought the other disciples – sometimes he was right, sometimes he was wrong. Perhaps the act of struggling is the most important part – is the judgment greater for those who never really engage the conflicts of faith than it is for those who wrestle with the realities of active faith and “get it wrong?”
This site doesn’t aim to produce “right answers.” It seeks to expose and legitimize the struggles, fostering healthy outcomes. Innovation and inspiration belong together . It promotes the pursuit of discipleship which engages with contemporary culture to produce an expression of Christianity which is vital and healthy. Comfort and conformity are no substitute for being intentionally real.