Articles tagged 'discipleship'

Apprentices (The)

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What is spiritual formation? And how does a church do it? A professor and pastor discuss the new language of making disciples. Above the entrance to the philosophy department at the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard has taught...

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Business of Business (The)

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What is business (manufacturing, commerce) for? Today the spontaneous response to this question is: The business of business is to make money for those who are engaged in it. In fact, this answer is now regarded as so obvious that...

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Call to Think for God, The

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When I was approached last December about the possibility of bringing this commencement address, it was because of the thought, or hope, that I might be able to cast light on the problem of how to balance the intellectual life...

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Christ-Centered Piety

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"Piety" refers to the inward and outward states and acts that constitute a life of devotion--chiefly to God, but commonly extended to parents, as when we speak of "filial piety," and by further extension to any relationship appropriately similar to...

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Craftiness of Christ (The)

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The Passion of the Christ is a work of art. This means that it utilizes a medium to convey a vision of some serious aspect of the human condition. The medium in the case of a film has several levels:...

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Energy & Joy: Taking God’s Keys

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The keys of the kingdom also unlock the joys of your calling.   Every pastor, sooner or later, faces the contradictory demands of being a professional and being in ministry.  A professional has a schedule to keep, credentials to...

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Foreword: Invitation to the Jesus Life

Foreword/Intro/Afterword (Christianity)

Confidence in Jesus himself, an awareness that he truly is the Master of the Universe and knows with absolute clarity what is real, good and right, draws us to him as Savior, Lord and Teacher, all in One.  That...

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Foreword: Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation

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“How do you present the radical message of Christ in a church that catered to the religious demands of the nominally committed?” This book confronts that question and answers it. In other words, if we have gathered people...

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Foreword: Whole Life Transformation

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Whole Life Transformation places before us exactly what its title suggests. The message is that success in ministry and in life is found by becoming on the "inside" the kind of person who lives in the kingdom of God here...

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Frank Laubach’s Letters by a Modern Mystic

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A Pennsylvanian trained at Princeton, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University (Ph.D. in sociology, 1915), Laubach went to the Philippines under the American Board of Foreign Missions. After fourteen years of successful teaching, writing, and administration at Cagayn and Manila,...

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How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?

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How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

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How Does the Disciple Live?

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How the disciple lives naturally comes out of who the disciple is. As Jesus’ disciple, I am his apprentice in kingdom living. I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as...

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Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation

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In the fall of 1999 a small group of Christian teachers gathered in retreat near Idaho Springs, Colorado to prayerfully reflect on the meaning and prospects of Christian spiritual formation today. With no human authority, but deep concern for the life...

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Key to the Keys of the Kingdom (The)

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A pastor confided in me that he loved to spend a short while reading the newspaper in the morning, but felt it would be irresponsible. This was only one of many things he either denied himself or felt guilty about...

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Knowing How to Acknowledge God

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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don't put your confidence in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6 "What ever you do, whether in word or deed,...

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Living in the Vision of God

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Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."                  ...

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Looking Like Jesus: Divine resources for a changed life are always available.

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Some time ago I came to realize that I did not love the people next door. They were, by any standards, dangerous and unpleasant people—ex-bikers who made their living selling drugs. They had never tried to harm my...

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Rethinking Evangelism

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A LOT OF PEOPLE SUSPECT THAT NOT ONLY IS the world shifting in some significant ways, but assumptions of what it means to do evangelism in that world are shifting, as well. The questions, of course, are not only about...

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Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation and the Restoration of the Soul

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"The law of the Lord is perfect,restoring the soul."  (Ps. 19:7 NAS) "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."  (Ps. 23:3 NAS) A RENEWED INTEREST IN SPIRITUALITY.  Currently...

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Spirituality Made Hard

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Let’s just put it this way. There is a reason Dallas Willard is a professor in the School of Philosophy at one of the most prestigious universities in the world – USC. He is smart. We thought we...

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Wide Awake: Rousing Drowsy Christians from Spiritual Slumber

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Something’s up. Talk with almost any group of pastors, enter any bookstore, and you find the topic is prayer or revival or angels or spirituality. People are streaming to national prayer alerts, prayer days, prayer summits, concerts of...

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