Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How Parents Can Help Their Teenagers Own Their Own Faith

A very stimulating and insightful conversation with Josh McDowell and his 34-year-old son, Sean.  Listen online here. Download via iTunes here. If you're interested in parenting as disciplemaking, go here. Why you shouldn't grow weary in discipling the next generation, go here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are we succeeding at lesser things while failing at the main thing?

"If we as a church succeed in every area, but fail to make disciples who can spiritually multiply, then ultimately we have failed. Yet if we fail in every other area, but succeed in spiritual multiplication, then ultimately we have succeeded."
—Pastor Tommy Nelson, Denton Bible Church, Denton, TX

Monday, March 21, 2011

Training for Loving God, Loving People, and Making Disciplemakers

LEFT—How to love God and love people inside the body of Christ: Ministry Is Relationships training. (For a copy of the training manual and devotional guide, go here.)

CENTER—How to love God, love people, and make disciples like Jesus: Disciplemaking Is Relationships training. (For a copy of the training manual and devotional guide, go here.) 

RIGHT—How to love God and love people outside the body of Christ: Evangelism Is Relationships training. (For copy of the training manual and devotional guide, go here.)

The best way Cadre Ministries can partner with you is by training YOU to take training back to your ministry. If you're interested in exploring this option, then the first step is for you experience one of these trainings.  To see if Cadre training is coming to place near you, go here.

To explore the possibility of bringing a Cadre training to your ministry, go here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yes, God is love, but...

If we only emphasize the attributes of God that we understand and enjoy—like His love, ironically, we end up creating a god the Bible doesn't substantiate.

According to the Bible, God is love, but He's also disturbingly holy. He's both (and way more).

As much as that truth is NOT cool, trendy, or politically correct, it's consistently how God portrays Himself throughout the entire Bible.

Unsettling... ain't it?

But this is precisely my point. He's God. We're not. Therefore, we'd better learn to live in the tension of who He says He is... or end up in serious theological error... with eternal ramifications.

Virtually every heresy begins with a misconception of the nature of God.

"Watch your life and doctrine closely."
—Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The goal of my life in six words

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Rethinking How Disciples Are Made—Part 2

I picked up my fifteen year old son from school. When he got into the car, he announced, "I can drive now."

Having been through this before with his older sister, I saw the teachable moment and tried to lean into it. "Just because the state of Illinois gives you a permit and says you can now start driving with your parents in no way means that you can actually drive."

Unrelenting, my son spit back, "I'm a great driver."

Just as unrelenting, I shot back, "Driving the riding lawn mower at home in the yard and driving a car between the lines without actually hitting another car, stationary object, or a person are two different things."

"But I took a test in Driver's Ed today and passed. See, I'm a great driver," he affirmed—with a hint of indignation in his tone of voice.

"Passing a written driving test in a classroom in no way whatsoever means that you can actually drive a real car on a real road with other real cars around you. Really."

Then he threw down the challenge. He played the ace in his hand. He called me out AND called me an old man. "What's wrong old man? Afraid my driving is better than yours?"

The teacher/trainer in me kicked in. You see, when the learner is not getting the obvious point, the teacher/trainer may opt for drastic measures. There is a time to call his bluff and attempt to bring him back to reality. I calmly pulled the car over into a McDonald's parking lot. Put it into park. Got out and walked around to the passenger side front door. Opened it and said, "Let's go Mr. World's-Greatest-Driver-whose-never-actually-driven-a-car-before. Show me what you've got."

He looked stunned, but he quickly got out his seat and situated himself behind the driver's side of the car. He adjusted the seat, the mirrors, and fascended his seatbelt. So far so good. Then he stopped for a moment and looked down at the floor. After a long, quiet, pregnant pause, he looked up at me with complete seriousness and said, "Now which one of these pedals is the brake?"

I wished I was making this story up.

My prayer life has never been better.

What in the world does this true story have to do with rethinking the way disciples are made?

Think about it.  Now YOU tell me what YOU think this story has to do with rethinking how disciples are made.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

How We Set Up the Next Gen to Fail

"We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider the kind of person they should be." —Ruth Barton

Are you interested in helping the next generation of young leaders BE before they DO?

This is for you.

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