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Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

Follow-Through: Easy to Say, Hard to Do

It’s Holy Week once more, and in the run-up to Good Friday these past several years I have found I am annually amazed at the fact that Jesus walked into Jerusalem on Sunday, hailed as a king, and only a few short days later was shouted down as a criminal, a man for whom the

Two More Votes for ‘The Modesto Manifesto’

Mark 10:2-9 (ESV) And Pharisees came up and in order to test [Jesus] asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because

Remember Who You Are

It seems to me that the Christian life consists largely of a struggle against our own forgetful nature. After having embraced the truth that Christ has rescued us from death, all of life then becomes about trying to live out what we say we believe, to remember who we are in light of that rescue.

Arrival

I really don’t like it when uncontrolled emotional responses rise up within me; they are almost always an inconvenience, a nuisance that burns up energy I had planned to use in other ways, basically messing up my schedule for that day. Any powerful sense of feeling that can lead to my being unable to speak