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Book Review Blog - Great Resource

I do a weekly book review of current books in the areas of Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Global Issues and Missions.  This work originally came from my connection with TEAM Mission and their Lifelong Learning Center.  Thought it would be of interest to members of the Discipleship Network. You can find it at



Added by Dr. M.L Codman-Wilson on April 5, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

When Average People Follow Christ

When Average Men Follow Christ

Francis Frangipane…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on March 29, 2012 at 3:45pm — 2 Comments

Renewing Spiritual Discipline

A confession:

I've tried the whole spiritual discipline spiel before.  I've decided I was going to get up earlier to study harder and pray longer.  I've decided I was going to practice fasting and remembered my vow as I scarfed down breakfast the morning said fast was to begin.  I've never attempted a Sabbath because, like everybody else, there's just too much to do to stop for a day.

Recently the Lord has placed the disciplines on my heart again.  This time…


Added by Benjie Shaw on March 21, 2012 at 10:37pm — 4 Comments

A Long-Overdue Blog

I haven't blogged in a while. You may not have noticed, but I have.

I've felt guilty about it.

I've thought of a dozen things I wanted to blog about, but then didn't follow through.

That made me even more guilty.

I have feeling guilty . . . 

When I feel guilty for two long, I have a panic attack.

That's never pretty and it brings on more guilt.

And the bottom line is I haven't blogged…


Added by Margie Williamson on February 27, 2012 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

New Missional Books

Two notable “missional” authours have just written new books – and both are worth reading but for different reasons. Michael Frost and Hugh Halter.

I’ve had the opportunity to hear Michael Frost in person. He is a dynamic personality that inspires you to be bold for the Gospel. I still recall some of the amazing stories that helped me understand why God is calling us to His mission. His newest is…


Added by Dennis Funk on January 19, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments

Need help with discipleship!

My church is waking up to the steady decline of participation, commitment and membership. We want to redefine our "purpose" as a church, and along with want to start a group to learn to be true disciples of our Lord Jesus.

Can anyone share what has worked for you? What did you do? What materials did you use? Any ideas are appreciated!

Added by Ken Rapp on January 28, 2012 at 10:10am — 9 Comments

Discipleship -- and Lifestyle Worship

Phil Miglioratti recently stirred my reflective juices by asking for my perspective on how discipleship, prayer, and evangelism are related.

    It's a worthy question, especially for people who are so involved in any particular aspect of ministry that it becomes their primary, almost exclusive, frame of reference. Step by subtle step, all other forms of…


Added by Skip Garmo on January 30, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments


I thought I would share the journey I have been on the past few months.  I have been serving as Discipleship deacon for almost a year, but have not realized what it meant until the past few months.  I was really trying to figure out what I should be doing.  Was it just about coming up with new adult Sunday School classes, or keeping an eye on our adult life groups, maybe helping organize men's or women's events?  I came across this site, and that started me on quite the journey.



Added by Jeff Christiansen on January 12, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Discovering New Insight - 2012

Call me old-fashioned but I still make New Year’s Resolutions. Do I keep them? Not always! Yet I’m old enough to know if expectations and goals aren’t set, they’re not reached. So here’s my list for this year:

  1. Read through the Bible in its entirety.
  2. Read more books. (Currently my Kindle is used primarily for the Every Word game. What a waste!)
  3. Become a better finisher. (My mom continues to teach me this.)
  4. Cultivate discipline as a writer by designating…

Added by Joyce Long on January 3, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments

Resolutions or Plans?

I've given up on New Year's Resolutions . . . eat better, exercise more, lose weight, study more, be nicer . . . All resolutions do for me is make me feel like a failure. A former student of my posted on FaceBook last night that the gym was packed with people who didn't know what they were doing on the weight machines. Another friend responded, "Don't worry. They'll all be gone in a week."

There's something about the New Year that makes us take a new look at our life and think…


Added by Margie Williamson on January 3, 2012 at 7:39am — 5 Comments

Our Finest Gifts We Bring

He was amazed at how quickly he disappeared when he first sat down on the corner. He learned quickly that it didn’t matter what he said, how well or how loud he played that old drum, no one could be bothered to do any more than glance in his general direction, and any who made accidental eye contact, looked away as quickly as possible.  He assumed his presence made them uncomfortable, knowing they lived in a world that is okay with a ten-year-old being forced to survive by playing a drum on…


Added by Jason Feffer on December 22, 2011 at 6:18am — No Comments

The True Gift of Christmas

Late last night fourteen of us gathered in a seminary parking lot to pray about the opportunity to share Christmas gifts with the community. Sounds like a normal church outing, but there was nothing normal about it.

The group was not a church gathering, but a gathering of the larger Church that included family members, friends, former church friends, and seminary students.

The gifts were just plates of cookies covered appealingly in clear wrap and…


Added by Margie Williamson on December 18, 2011 at 7:31am — 5 Comments

My Son, Trucks and Free Will

While waiting for a recent meeting to begin a couple co-workers and I began talking about our sons.  One explained her theory that every boy is either fascinated with balls, trucks or action figures, and asked which category our boys fell into.  Another guy with a son about six months older than mine said that his son is a ball kid.  He went on to talk about how much his son loves sports and hockey in particular.  They take him to games and are starting to get him on the ice.  My…


Added by Jason Feffer on December 15, 2011 at 6:58am — 1 Comment

Another Church Pursues Discipleship as it's Top Strategic Focus Area

After facilitating strategic planning at several churches over the past 5 years, it never ceases to delight me when this happens. A church works through the strategic planning process, beginning with "What is our purpose?" then core values, then vision, then mission, and eventually working their way down to where the rubber hits the road -- "What is the most important thing that we need to do over the next year to move toward our vision?" They brainstorm a long list of possibilities, then…


Added by John Purcell on December 12, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

The Small Things

Every year, my Sunday School class adopts some people to provide Christmas for. In the past, we've focused on children. But, this year, we adopted two senior adults who are often overlooked. Someone bought the gifts for us while I was in Israel. I wrapped them all yesterday to get them ready to deliver today. Their "wish lists" remind me that God is our provider . . . even for the little things.

One of the ladies, Bessie, wanted a warm jacket, a new set of sheets, pjs, kitchen…


Added by Margie Williamson on December 3, 2011 at 6:43am — 1 Comment

Elements of the Blood (A Sestina)


Elijah's challenge at Mt. Carmel stood above religion.

Though the prophets of Baal ritually shed there own blood,

Elijah's altar, drenched in a lavish baptism of water,

Was licked dry by God's…


Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on November 28, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Past and Present (Israel 3)

Today we visited the ancient city of Megiddo, crossed the plain where Armageddon, and overlooked the city of Nazareth, where Jesus grew in wisdom and stature to become a man. It occurred to me that in that one place, Jesus was surrounded by His past, His present.  And he was and is the world’s future. I realize that may sound a little preposterous, so let me explain.


Nazareth was a tiny town, a town so insignificant that, when people heard that the Messiah was in Nazareth,…


Added by Margie Williamson on November 22, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments

To Infinity and Beyond: Israel (1)

One of my favorite lines from the movie Toy Story is "To infinity and beyond." Of course, it's spoken by a toy who never seems to recognize his own reality. As I'm preparing to head back to Israel today, though, those words keep running through my mind.


We (NavPress) are in the final stages of completing a free Christmas lesson that will be available on-line by the beginning of December. We used two passages: John 1 and Luke 2. For me, it was a wonderful…


Added by Margie Williamson on November 18, 2011 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

God's Word - Anti-Venom

I am always being dragged away and enticed by the world and Satan, that dog who won’t go away but hounds me constantly. I feel like I am constantly fighting with hardly any relief. The best relief that I have found always comes from the Scriptures. God’s Word is the best anti-venom for counter-acting the poison of sin. The writer of Hebrews says this about temptation: “For because He [Jesus] himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews…


Added by Brian Fletcher on November 9, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

Count Your Blessings Daily

Vonda Skelton, Christian author and speaker, begins every November by listing 5 blessings in her life daily. The challenge is that once a blessing has been listed, it cannot be listed again before Thanksgiving. The first days are the easy ones . . . the blessings that are so visible that they sometimes block out the others. It's a great challenge that I can't live up to daily.


But I can revisit it often so I don't lose sight of what God is doing in my life. Will you join me?…


Added by Margie Williamson on November 3, 2011 at 9:33am — 39 Comments


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