Becoming Useful to God

For more on becoming useful to God, download the first offering from Shine Bright 365 titled “Becoming Useful to God.” “If I know my own heart to-day, I would rather die than live as I once did, a mere nominal Christian, and not used by God in building up his kingdom. It seems a poor […]

God’s Cubicle Is In the Basement

When I applied for my first ministry job after completing my doctoral coursework, I felt a strong call to serve rural pastors. There was a Director of Missions opening with a Southern Baptist association in my hometown. It was part-time, but it came with a parsonage and Kim and I really felt strongly that we […]

A Framework for Discipled Discernment

Christian discernment grows as we commit to discipleship.  Discipleship requires that we learn to obey.  We study God’s word, pray, worship, fast, and engage in a host of other disciplines so that we can resist being formed by the world and, instead, be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:1).  As Dwight Moody […]

Influences on Discipleship

Whether we are reading a story in the paper, watching a television show or movie, listening to a radio program, or simply having a conversation with someone on the street, we are having a theological conversation that can shape and form the way we view the world. We also have the opportunity to gain insight […]

Why Christians Need to Get Serious about Discipleship Now

Why do God’s people need to get serious about discipleship now?  The simple answer: now is better than later.  While it may be tempting to create a crisis for which discipleship is the solution, discipleship is not a solution.  It isn’t something we do to fix some problem we are facing.  Discipleship is a way […]

Discerning and Discipleship

As Christians, we embody our particular historical situation as people who serve the past, present, and future.  As we seek to embody Christ faithfully, we find helps and hindrances in the social groupings to which we belong.  These social groupings may include a number of different communities such as the local congregation to which we […]

Designer Discipleship

In my 20’s I worked as a personal trainer in a boutique, one-on-one fitness studio. Designing unique programs for clients was a big part of the job. Not every client was alike, so not every program could be. I had to consider the client when designing the program. I couldn’t ask someone who had never […]

Discipleship Against Ideology

Ideology is not for me some crazy, abstract intellectual edifice and articulated worldview made to distract you from real problems…to mystify them…it’s the very way we perceive real problems.  Ideology is efficient because it deals with very real problems…ecology, racism, and so on.  The mystification is in the way it formulates [and] perceives these real […]

There’s No Recipe for Life…and That’s a Good Thing

One of my favorite cooking shows is Chopped. Four contestants, usually highly trained chefs, are given a “mystery basket” filled with odd ingredients to make an appetizer, main course, and dessert. If the mystery basket is filled with gummy worms, jerky, pita bread, and pretzel sticks, the contestants have to head to the pantry and make […]

A Light in the Darkness (Part 4)

Since the summer of 2020, with the protests and riots that stemmed from the unlawful killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers, many comparisons have been made between the civil unrest in America today and that of the 1960s when both the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War protests had reached their […]