discipleship

10 Thoughts About TLCs (Transformative Learning Communities)

The Information Distribution Theory of Christianity doesn't work. That means most preaching doesn't work. Most teaching doesn't work. Most reading of most books doesn't work. Or if they work, they work inadequately, incompletely, superficially, and temporarily.

It doesn't work because it ignores the way Jesus used to bring about transformation.
It doesn't work because it misses core insights the Apostle Paul gives us about change.
It doesn't work because it doesn't understand the essential nature of our human makeup.
It doesn't work because it neglects the best methodologies for how adults learn and grow.

So here are a few introductory thoughts to renew your thinking.

A Vital Truth and a Challenging Word for Today's Church

Christian Monasticism, David KnowlesTHIS MAY BE ONE OF MY MOST IMPORTANT POSTS

Here is a profoundly insightful, long sentence from David Knowles. I was really moved by how it describes one of the GREAT TENSIONS that is core to my own calling and ministry. What is authentic faith? Why does it seem authentic faith is so often missing in the church?

It is from his book Christian Monasticism, pp. 12. It is in the context of why the monastic movements of the 3rd and 4th centuries flourished with thousands of Christians flocking to the desert to find a space and community of deep spirituality.

Jesus - Moderate Responses - NOT ALLOWED


I am reading a lot of C.S. Lewis in recent weeks. One of his famous arguments is Jesus - Liar, Lord or Lunatic. Those are the three options. What IS NOT AN OPTION is Jesus as a nice guy, a good man, an interesting teacher. That is to reduce Jesus to something the Gospels never present as an option.

Jesus claims to be God… to be Lord… to be Savior… to be One With God… to speak the Words of God… to reveal God… And He sets forth dramatic invitations that require a response.

If Jesus is a liar or a lunatic… avoid him at all costs. Have nothing to do with him.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction


This image and this quote from Nietzsche are very moving for me. I believe this is the mindset needed for all who will follow Jesus in our "post-Christian" culture, which is also becoming steadily "anti-Christian." 

Bonhoeffer called it the "cost of discipleship."

Jesus said, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

The Apostle Paul says (paraphrased) "I have not yet arrived, but I know where I am headed and I press on: (Philippians 3:12-17).

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