Category Archives: Discipleship

Aaron Niequist: The Practice – Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Aaron Niequist began an experimental community at Willow Creek early last year (2014). The Practice: Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace. Aaron aims to be a discipleship-focused, formation oriented, practice-based tribe asks two simple questions: (1) What is the Life that Christ invites us into? and (2) “What are the practices,” he asks, “that we can do together, and on our own, to embrace this Eternal Life now?” Said simply: What is God doing and how can we join Him? As Aaron and I have gotten to know each other … Continue reading

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Living in Community, Living in Love

Yesterday, I wrote about the desert fathers and mothers. One of the most prominent of them all was Antony of the desert. After reading Jesus’ words to the rich younger ruler Antony, sensing the spiritual deadness of his own soul … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Culture, Discipleship, Friendship, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church | 5 Comments/Likes

The Wilderness and the Desert: Images for Christian Living?

Two of the most lasting images used by the Christian church to describe the spiritual life, especially among the desert fathers and mothers, are wilderness and the desert. Had I not learned these two images in the early 1990s I … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Patristics, Personal, Spirituality, The Church | 24 Comments/Likes

A Liberal Confession that Conservatives Can Affirm

Today’s Guest Blogger: Dr. David Lescalleet There was an interesting recent editorial on dailybeast.com entitled:  Why I’m coming out as a Christian.  Columnist Ana Marie Cox who has written for a number of periodicals and has quite the following on … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Personal, The Church | 14 Comments/Likes

Sameness vs. Individuality

It is a healthy development to see growing concern for community and life together in the West. At the same time the hunger for life together can, and does, create some deep problems that are rarely talked about in the … Continue reading

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A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (3)

What God gave to me in the late 1990s, and into the early years of this present century, was a settled assurance that he would go with me into a desert. There I would feel abandoned at times but he … Continue reading

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A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (1)

The mission of ACT3 takes me to many cities and communities, to meet with leaders in private as well as large and small groups of earnest Christians from many churches. Some of my most enjoyable work is building relationships with some … Continue reading

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God Loves Me in My Muscular Dystrophy: A Guest Blog

God wants to show us his love for us in the circumstances he providentially arranges for our lives to be lived in. When all is right and rosy in our lives, it is quite easy and natural to arrive at … Continue reading

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Cardinal O’Malley: ‘If I were founding a Church, I’d love to have women priests’

I was in Boston for three days last weekend working in a number of exciting missional-ecumenical contexts. Boston is best known, in terms of its Christian leadership, for the work of Cardinal Sean O’Malley. I pray for Cardinal O’Malley, a … Continue reading

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A Gospel Call in Montreal (4)

The Gospel Call renewal event that I shared in Montreal two weeks ago has four specifically stated goals: To deepen our Christian sense of identity and solidarity with one another. To enable the co-sponsoring congregations to envision their mission differently. … Continue reading

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