A post for Christians: how to stop treating people as projects – Part 1 – The Problem

If you’ve read this blog for even a fairly short amount of time, you’ve heard me talk about about making disciples. It is the mission of God’s Kingdom, and yet I have heard many at Faith Church talk about how you can feel very frustrated about making disciples. You agree that it is important, youContinue reading “A post for Christians: how to stop treating people as projects – Part 1 – The Problem”

The Four Soils – An Evaluation Tool for Disciples of Jesus – Luke 8:1-15

Was Jesus trying to confuse his audience?  Possibly, but I suspect he really wanted them to avidly seek the meaning of his Gardening 101 parable.  Maybe some did.  Luke tells us that the disciples asked him what it meant, and he told them.  What we hear is a powerful evaluation tool that all Christians shouldContinue reading “The Four Soils – An Evaluation Tool for Disciples of Jesus – Luke 8:1-15”

How to start following Jesus – Luke 5:1-11

Last week we saw how Jesus nearly sunk some fishermen’s boats with a miracle haul of fish.  They were astonished, after a long night of unsuccessfully catching fish. In the brief conversation that Luke records right after this moment, I believe there are four components that are vital for churches that want to make disciplesContinue reading “How to start following Jesus – Luke 5:1-11”

What if Jesus turns out to be someone we don’t like? – Luke 4:14-30

What if Jesus turns out to be someone we don’t like? In Luke 4:14-30 we read about how Jesus, having just started his preaching ministry, returns to his hometown.  Kinda like the singing competition TV shows.  When they get near the final round, they send the remaining contestants home with a film crew to adoringContinue reading “What if Jesus turns out to be someone we don’t like? – Luke 4:14-30”

Box of books, Background Checks, Planbooks – Monday Messy Office Report – 12/8/14

My office is tidy Friday, mysteriously messy on Monday. Here’s what I found today! 1. Box of Discipleship books. Thanks to Al Giles who helped us get a nice discount on copies of Building a Discipling Culture.  We’re going to have a discipleship roundtable discussion with Al on January 17th.  If you’re in the LancasterContinue reading “Box of books, Background Checks, Planbooks – Monday Messy Office Report – 12/8/14”

That time I accidentally said “fart” in my State of Faith Church sermon…and some other things as well

As I mentioned last week, this past Sunday I gave my State of the Church address.  As you’ll read below I talked about discipleship and simplicity, but also farts.  Yeah, you read that title right.  Farts.  But I didn’t talk about it on purpose.  Fast forward to minute 19:00, and listen in from there.  RightContinue reading “That time I accidentally said “fart” in my State of Faith Church sermon…and some other things as well”

Follow up to “If Jesus had a scorecard…”

We had a great sermon discussion yesterday, with lots of people sharing about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. So let’s continue the discussion.  One of the things that concerns me is that we can get excited discussion things for an hour or so on Sunday, but then the busyness of theContinue reading “Follow up to “If Jesus had a scorecard…””

If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers

Ed Stetzer recently shared the following story: Last year, Caroline Inglis was on the verge of an historic feat. No high school golfer, male or female, had ever captured the Oregon state title four consecutive years. Inglis won the class 5A state tournament her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. There seemed very little doubt thatContinue reading “If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers”

How do you feel about job evaluations?

It is summertime, and among many other things we do every summer at Faith Church (like the 4th of July picnic at Long’s Park, VBS and summer camp at Twin Pines), we also do staff evaluations.  Usually I bring along a ministry volunteer that serves with the particular staff member, and we talk with themContinue reading “How do you feel about job evaluations?”

Church is a business?

I ordered a book today.  One of my pastoral friends has highly recommended it, and it can’t come soon enough. Why? I get so freaking frustrated because I am running a business, the success of which is measured by numbers.  Those numbers are decreasing.  That gets me upset, even though I know that Jesus isContinue reading “Church is a business?”