Beyond Organic, Theologically Speaking: Disciplemaking for a different time 


The entry point for many in the Organic Church movement has been either missiology (how to plant the most churches?) or ecclesiology (what is the church and how does she function?). They are the intellectual/theological frameworks in which a person makes sense of his/her life experience out of organized religion and into a community, […]

American church spending on buildings: the good, the bad, and the ugly for where the church is, has been, and is going

So the Wall Street Journal on January 16, 2015 posted an article citing that church construction spending has gone down. You will need an online subscription to see it in its entirety.

Church construction in the U.S. has fallen 80% since 2002, now at its lowest level since record-keeping began in 1967, according to reporting […]

Is Information the Path to Transformation? (a.k.a.,”Books are for dabblers; guides are for adventurers.”)

The title question of this post is a bit tongue in cheek since the average thinking person would say no: information is NOT the path to transformation. Despite what people say, I don’t believe protest to this title is really how the average person actually lives her/his life. Have a problem with child-raising or kids […]

Missionary aroma — it can be smelled a mile away and implications for how we make disciples differently in our community

Today at work, I had an interesting conversation with a N@tive-@merican fellow. We met to discuss how our work programs could better collaborate to better serve the educational needs of low income native-am housing residents in his housing project (For discretion purposes, I’m keeping it vague).

Anyhow, he was guarded at first but began to […]

Is Paul our only example of apostolic gifting? and some personal thoughts on my so-called apostolic journey

When you put it like that, OF COURSE NOT! But our imagination is not so large; is it? Almost all of the missional or church-planting books that have captured our attention in the last 60 years (60 because Roland Allen wrote in the mid 1900s) have all featured Paul as the primary example (If not […]

Discipleship thoughts (part4) — Disciple-making limits: I cannot pass on what I do not have; I cannot take people where I haven’t been.

So far, I’ve dragged us further into the conversation than the average christian may want to be. Discipleship involves me, myself, and I more than I may realize or even want. With the wonderful rewards of influencing others come also the difficult responsibilities of “watching our life and doctrine closely” as well. That’s a road […]

Another look at the Transfiguration story and how it relates to discipleship

Luke 9:28-36 – The Transfiguration

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.30 Two men, Moses and […]

Self-identity shift: from “church planter” to a disciple — musings on Thanksgiving Day 2012

I think I spent my 30s using the label “church planter” as the main source of my vocational/spiritual self-identity. My “call” into it began with God literally talking to me and telling me to plant a church with a seminary colleague who I didn’t know very well at the time, Ted (Ted later became closer […]

Discipleship thoughts (part 3) — Discipling is always happening — whether we know it or even want it.

(The verbal processing continues!)

In my previous post, I made the case that discipleship is more caught than it is taught, and the means by which it is caught has always been and continues to be truly transformed people who embody what the gospel is all about. They not only have the power of the […]

Discipleship thoughts (part 2) — Discipleship is more caught than taught — caught from truly transformed PEOPLE.

I’ve been thinking about discipleship a lot in since I officially left pastoral ministry three years ago. It has forced me to consider how to make disciples without any title, any program, any extra resources, any new fangled model, and the like. Stripped away from these trappings, I have had to consider wine and wineskin […]