Category Archives: Discipleship

Arguing With God

God won’t take “no” for an answer. Most of us know the story. Moses was asked by God to be a deliverer for millions of Israelites. Among so many excuses that Moses gave the Lord, God wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. It’s amazing to me that God did not vent His anger at the amount of Moses’ negotiations. Rather, God continued to show him mercy. But it was a severe mercy. God didn’t snuff him out, but He did make things more difficult for him. God teamed up Moses with his brother Aaron in Exodus 4:14-16. “So the anger […]


God’s Weakness

A sudden descent. It really was. January 2017 forever changed my life. If you’re someone who has struggled with mental illness, perhaps you will benefit from my experience. If you’re someone who’s fortunate enough to never have travelled that path, I hope my story will shed light on the experience of friends and family members who have. I’ve struggled for months now wrestling with the idea of sharing this personal experience. Stick with me for a bit as I share about what occurred last January. On December 31 of 2016, I unknowingly tore part of the disc in my back […]


Poverty of Spirit = Happiness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us several ways to be happy. Matthew 5 opens up with a string of, “Blessed are… the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers…” It is interesting that the Greek word for blessed is “makarios” which literally means “happy” (Makar is the Greek word for happy). Jews used the term to describe a person in the state of salvation, someone with the blessing and favor of God on their lives. “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And […]


Making Disciples, Not Dependents

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” – Matthew 28:18-20 It’s the Great Commission. Of course we know it. God has called youth pastors to make disciples. But is that what we are doing? Over the past few years, […]


Decisions Lead to Disciples

POST-EASTER THOUGHTS: DECISIONS LEAD TO DISCIPLES George Whitefield was asked after evangelistic services: “How many were saved at the event?” He said, “I’ll know in six months.” I certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s post-Easter parade, but while I am happy for record-setting Easter Sunday crowds, I am afraid we might be celebrating the insignificant. It is true: every great adventure in life starts with a decision. Without a decision, nothing ever gets done. It’s the same in the spiritual realm. The journey of discipleship always begins when someone makes a decision to follow Jesus. Without these decisions for […]