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Living in the 'Cone of Uncertainty'

As Hurricane Irma prepares to bash the United States, here in Charlotte we’re wondering if it will be coming our way. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been intrigued by weather reports saying our region lies in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”While modern meteorologists probably feel clever in using this term, it’s really no different than King Solomon wrote about over 2,000 years ago:Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you…See More
Sep 8
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Living in the 'Cone of Uncertainty'

As Hurricane Irma prepares to bash the United States, here in Charlotte we’re wondering if it will be coming our way. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been intrigued by weather reports saying our region lies in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”While modern meteorologists probably feel clever in using this term, it’s really no different than King Solomon wrote about over 2,000 years ago:Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you…See More
Sep 8
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8 Myths That Eclipse God's Love & Purpose

While studying the origins of the church at Philippi, I was startled to discover how the story contradicts many of our common misconceptions about the nature of the Christian life. The narrative in Acts 16 debunks at least 8 myths—and I bet you’ve believed some of these misconceptions yourself.Myth #1: As long as you’re well-intentioned in pursuing spiritual activities, any direction is okay.The apostle Paul never intended to plant a church in Philippi. In fact, he had other plans. Plan A was…See More
Aug 21
Jim Buchan's blog post was featured

8 Myths That Eclipse God's Love & Purpose

While studying the origins of the church at Philippi, I was startled to discover how the story contradicts many of our common misconceptions about the nature of the Christian life. The narrative in Acts 16 debunks at least 8 myths—and I bet you’ve believed some of these misconceptions yourself.Myth #1: As long as you’re well-intentioned in pursuing spiritual activities, any direction is okay.The apostle Paul never intended to plant a church in Philippi. In fact, he had other plans. Plan A was…See More
Aug 21
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Are You Ready for a Fresh Gust?

Have you ever been in a sailboat when it seemed there was absolutely no breeze? While experienced sailors somehow can catch the wind when there is no wind, amateurs like me often find ourselves dead in the water, going nowhere.Sailing is such an apt metaphor for life. Winds come and go, blowing from one direction or another. But no matter what winds we encounter, we must resolutely set our sail and rudder toward our desired destination.Yet this is a mystery in some ways. Even Solomon, known for…See More
Jul 28
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7 Weeks Living out of a Suitcase

During my sabbatical in New Zealand and California a few months ago, I lived for seven full weeks with just the clothes in one fairly small suitcase. I had a few shirts, a few pants, some socks and underwear, and a toothbrush, razor, and stick of deodorant.Yes, I did wash the clothes from time to time. But I traveled light and never lacked a thing.Shortly after returning back to the Carolinas, I went through the arduous process of moving into a new residence. I couldn’t help but be struck by…See More
Jul 27
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My Misguided Venture into Organic Gardening

Two months ago, I enthusiastically ventured into the world of organic gardening. It was a very modest beginning, planting a small tomato seedling some friends had given me.I was scheduled to be out of town for a week, but I fully expected to see some tomatoes when I returned. However, no such luck. The seedling had grown, but no tomatoes could be found.My friends assured me this was normal. “Tomatoes don’t grow overnight!” they explained with a grin.Despite their explanation, I was disappointed…See More
Jul 28, 2016
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Captured by the Green-Eyed Monster

I never thought it would happen to me. I can’t remember ever envying someone who had a bigger house…a faster car…a higher salary…or a corner office. Nor did it bother me that I wasn’t part of the enviable “1%.”So it shocked me recently when I found myself in the clutches of the Green-Eyed Monster—a term originating in Shakespeare’s play, Othello: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”A number of events the past few months confirmed…See More
Jul 26, 2016
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The Downside of Being a Goal-Setter

I’ve been a goal-setter for as long as I can remember. Whenever I got a “B” on my report card, my dad and I would sit down and come up with a plan for getting an “A” the next time. And when my batting average fell below 300 on my middle school baseball team, we would spend extra time hitting balls in the batting cage.After I gave my life to Christ at age 18, I found Bible passages that seemed to endorse my enthusiastic approach to goal-setting. I quickly embraced Paul’s statement about…See More
Jul 16, 2016
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The Downside of Being a Goal-Setter

I’ve been a goal-setter for as long as I can remember. Whenever I got a “B” on my report card, my dad and I would sit down and come up with a plan for getting an “A” the next time. And when my batting average fell below 300 on my middle school baseball team, we would spend extra time hitting balls in the batting cage.After I gave my life to Christ at age 18, I found Bible passages that seemed to endorse my enthusiastic approach to goal-setting. I quickly embraced Paul’s statement about…See More
Jul 16, 2016
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Jul 13, 2016
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It's What's Under the Hood That Counts

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata looks exactly the same as it did a month ago. On the surface it’s the same 100,000-mile car as it was then.Yet here’s the strange story of why my car is worth more now than it was several weeks ago…I got a big surprise when I took my Sonata to the dealer for some routine recalls. “You need a new engine!” the service rep told me, to my shock.In the seconds that followed, I groaned at the thought of having to pay around $7,000 for a new engine.But then came the amazingly…See More
Jun 26, 2016
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The Cure for an Uneventful Life

Recently a friend texted me and asked how my week was going.“Uneventful!” was my reply.My friend texted back and said that sometimes “uneventful” isn’t such a bad thing. I guess he had a point, but in my case “uneventful” was pretty much equivalent to boring.This got me thinking about one of my favorite stories in the Bible, the lame man who was healed in Acts 3:1-9. The chapter begins at three o’clock in the afternoon, as Peter and John are on their way into the Temple for a prayer meeting.The…See More
Jun 23, 2016
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Victory to Those Who Finish Well

Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of the NBA championship this week. It was quite a success story, especially since the team was down 3-1 before winning three straight games from the Golden State Warriors.The Warriors had been the winningest team in NBA history in the regular season, winning an incredible 73 games and losing only 9.But victory, in sports or in life, is seldom a matter of getting off to a good start. Rather, it comes to those who finish well.Most NBA games are…See More
Jun 20, 2016
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Jun 14, 2016
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A Reboot at Age 80

Not long ago, my computer froze up. As I always do in such cases, I called the IT Department in desperation.“Have you tried rebooting?” they immediately asked.Doesn’t it seem like that’s always the first solution when your computer—or your life—gets stuck? You have to reboot in order to function properly again.That got me thinking about my life these days. While many things are going great, in other ways I’m sure I could use a reboot.But I couldn’t help wondering: Is a reboot even possible at…See More
Jun 3, 2016

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How do you participate in discipleship?
Mentor others one-on-one, Pastor/Church staff, Work in a parachurch ministry, Workplace discipleship, Discipling youth
To help you connect with others who have similar interests, what are the primary areas in which you’re interested in growing personally?
Resolving relationship conflicts, Experiencing the Holy Spirit's power, Mentoring others, Living out God's individual design for me
For those you disciple, what areas would you most like to see them grow?
Resolving relationship conflicts, Enjoying and relating to God, Experiencing the Holy Spirit's power, Receiving God's healing from past wounds, Mentoring others, Living out God's individual design for me
If you disciple others, in what areas would you like to share ideas, ask questions, and learn from other network members?
How to start and sustain a discipling relationship, Discerning what topics or content to use, How to foster discipleship in my church or ministry
What book or resource (other than the Bible!) has impacted your Christian life the most?
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

Jim Buchan's Blog

Living in the 'Cone of Uncertainty'

As Hurricane Irma prepares to bash the United States, here in Charlotte we’re wondering if it will be coming our way. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been intrigued by weather reports saying our region lies in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”

While modern meteorologists probably feel clever in using this term, it’s really no different than King Solomon wrote about over 2,000 years ago:

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby…

Continue

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 3:44pm

8 Myths That Eclipse God's Love & Purpose

While studying the origins of the church at Philippi, I was startled to discover how the story contradicts many of our common misconceptions about the nature of the Christian life. The narrative in Acts 16 debunks at least 8 myths—and I bet you’ve believed some of these misconceptions yourself.

Myth #1: As long as you’re well-intentioned in pursuing spiritual activities, any direction is okay.

The apostle Paul never intended to plant a church…

Continue

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 11:00am

Are You Ready for a Fresh Gust?

Have you ever been in a sailboat when it seemed there was absolutely no breeze? While experienced sailors somehow can catch the wind when there is no wind, amateurs like me often find ourselves dead in the water, going nowhere.

Sailing is such an apt metaphor for life. Winds come and go, blowing from one direction or another. But no matter what winds we encounter, we must resolutely set our sail and rudder toward our desired destination.

Yet this is a mystery in some…

Continue

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 10:39am

7 Weeks Living out of a Suitcase

During my sabbatical in New Zealand and California a few months ago, I lived for seven full weeks with just the clothes in one fairly small suitcase. I had a few shirts, a few pants, some socks and underwear, and a toothbrush, razor, and stick of deodorant.

Yes, I did wash the clothes from time to time. But I traveled light and never lacked a thing.

Shortly after returning back to the Carolinas, I went through the arduous process of moving into a new residence. I couldn’t help…

Continue

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 9:48am

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