Articles tagged 'discipleship'

Apprentices (The)

Article (Christianity)

What is spiritual formation? And how does a church do it? A professor and pastor discuss the new language of making disciples. Above the entrance to the philosophy department at the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard has taught...

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Christ-Centered Piety

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"Piety" refers to the inward and outward states and acts that constitute a life of devotion--chiefly to God, but commonly extended to parents, as when we speak of "filial piety," and by further extension to any relationship appropriately similar to...

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Craftiness of Christ (The)

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The Passion of the Christ is a work of art. This means that it utilizes a medium to convey a vision of some serious aspect of the human condition. The medium in the case of a film has several levels:...

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ENERGY & JOY: Taking God’s Keys

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Every pastor, sooner or later, faces the contradictory demands of being a professional and being in ministry.  A professional has a schedule to keep, credentials to maintain, a career ladder to ascend. Urgent details crowd out solitude, service, and...

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Finishing Well

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This interview is published at the Halftime website.

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Foreword: Whole Life Transformation

Article (Christianity)

Whole Life Transformation places before us exactly what its title suggests. The message is that success in ministry and in life is found by becoming on the "inside" the kind of person who lives in the kingdom of God here...

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How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth?

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How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

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How Does the Disciple Live?

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How the disciple lives naturally comes out of who the disciple is. As Jesus’ disciple, I am his apprentice in kingdom living. I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as...

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Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation

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In the fall of 1999 a small group of Christian teachers gathered in retreat near Idaho Springs, Colorado to prayerfully reflect on the meaning and prospects of Christian spiritual formation today. With no human authority, but deep concern for the life...

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Knowing How to Acknowledge God

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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don't put your confidence in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6 "What ever you do, whether in word or deed,...

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Living in the Vision of God

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Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."                  ...

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Looking Like JesusDivine resources for a changed life are always available.

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Some time ago I came to realize that I did not love the people next door. They were, by any standards, dangerous and unpleasant people—ex-bikers who made their living selling drugs. They had never tried to harm my...

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Rethinking Evangelism

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A LOT OF PEOPLE SUSPECT THAT NOT ONLY IS the world shifting in some significant ways, but assumptions of what it means to do evangelism in that world are shifting, as well. The questions, of course, are not only about...

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Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation and the Restoration of the Soul

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"The law of the Lord is perfect,restoring the soul."  (Ps. 19:7 NAS) "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."  (Ps. 23:3 NAS) A RENEWED INTEREST IN SPIRITUALITY.  Currently...

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Spirituality Made Hard

Article (Christianity)

Let’s just put it this way. There is a reason Dallas Willard is a professor in the School of Philosophy at one of the most prestigious universities in the world – USC. He is smart. We thought we...

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Who Is Your Teacher?

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Today is often spoken of as the age of information. Information is vital to all we do, of course, but then it always has been. What distinguishes the present time is that there is a lot more information (and misinformation)...

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Why Bother With Discipleship?

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If we are Christians simply by believing that Jesus died for our sins, then that is all it takes to have sins forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Why, then, do some people keep insisting that something more...

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Wide Awake: Rousing Drowsy Christians from Spiritual Slumber

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Something’s up. Talk with almost any group of pastors, enter any bookstore, and you find the topic is prayer or revival or angels or spirituality. People are streaming to national prayer alerts, prayer days, prayer summits, concerts of...

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