Are you rooted?

April 15, 2014 — 1 Comment

I wanted to give you a sneak peak at my forthcoming e-book, Rooted: Five Tools for Becoming a More Intentional Follower of Jesus Christ. It will likely be released in early May.

As contemporary Christians we’ve inherited a number of tested and tried spiritual disciplines that provide ways for us to connect with Christ, deepening our relationship with him.

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To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting him to exercise his own power in dealing with them.

-O. Hallesby, Prayer

To pray is noth…

Jeff Gissing:

Last week I had a conversation about how the inherent connection between discipleship and mission. Discipleship without mission is egocentric and mission without discipleship is guilt-inducing. What do you think?

Originally posted on Jeff Gissing:

In yesterday’s post I said that Reformed spirituality can make a unique contribution to missional discipleship. Missional discipleship is a way of being apprenticed to Jesus that manifests a healthy rhythm of contemplation and action–inward and outward engagement–in service of the mission of God in the world. After all, as I mentioned yesterday, John Calvin didn’t so much denounce the spirituality of the monastics as he sought to democratize it by bringing it to all Christians.

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Reformed spirituality can make some unique contributions to missional discipleship in several ways:

-It’s emphasis on the priesthood of all believers. Each believer is, through the mediating work of Jesus, able to approach God. Each believer is gifted with the Holy Spirit in order to both convict of sin and empower for ministry. As a result each believer is a minister, a missionary sent to do the work of the kingdom in all of…

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[I]t is not by imitating Christ’s vicarious and atoning death, but by being incorporated into it as members organically attached to their dying and living head, that his conquest of sin and death becomes ours…

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It’s difficult to draw a lot of conclusions from the outside about how this change in policy was mishandled. It’s clear that the board’s deliberations, decision, and subsequent communication of that decision were flawed. Three leadership lessons stand out for me.

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