Know Thyself

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The famous Greek philosopher Socrates said, “Know yourself.” Followers of Jesus respond with, “Know God and you will discover your true self.” As we grow in our knowledge of God and his ways, we discover our deep needs and amazing potential, our hidden sins and undeveloped gifts. The Discipleship Dynamics Assessment helps us know where we are in a moment …

Purple Mountains Majesty

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I was in Breckenridge, Colorado a few weeks ago. I just couldn’t keep my eyes off the mountains. Peak One, shown in the photo above this blog is the highest of the ten peaks that comprise Tenmile Range. Peak One has the highest ski lift in the U.S., just above 13,000 feet. Each day of the visit my wife, Karen, …

Between Joseph and Judas: What Accounting Taught Me about Calling

The space between secular and sacred Accounting has taught me as much about my calling as seminary has. At 17 I felt the call into ministry on a mission trip to Nicaragua. Eight years later I am living out that call finishing a Master of Divinity at AGTS and preparing to pursue a Ph.D. in biblical theology. As an undergrad …

Two Simple (Profound) Words

“Thank you.” Two words. When spoken to God and the people we encounter, the world changes. “Thank you.” Gratitude. Humility. Healthy dependence on the Lord and interdependence with others. … “Thank you.” Bestowing value and honoring God and others. Let’s learn how to say. “Thank you!” more – to our family members, colleagues, all who serve us and any that …

Stumbling by the Spirit into a LGBTQ Coffee Shop

Lynda and I were Colorado Springs on vacation. We were with our daughter, Kara, son-in-law, David, and grandson, Jax. We had a wonderful time. Lynda had made a hair appointment in downtown Colorado Springs at a place Kara had suggested. When we arrived for her appointment, the salon had put her down on the wrong day and time. So, we …

Summer Reflections

It’s hot in Springfield, Missouri these days! Although we’ve just moved into the official summer months, temperatures are hovering in the low to mid-nineties. That’s about six to ten degrees warmer than normal for late-June. It feels more like late-July or August. So, if it’s this hot now, what will it be like then? Most of my recent conversations have …

AGTS DN Second Edition

It’s hard to believe that Spring has fully sprung. March and April have flown by so fast for me; so fast that I’ve come to realize that we haven’t added any new content to AGTS DN. Truthfully speaking, I’m still trying to compile the kind of materials we desire to present through this medium. However, to keep the communication alive …

A Nurtured & Nurturing Life…

Divine Servant

I’ve recently been thinking about the distinction between human initiative and divine empowerment for a whole-life understanding and practice of Christian discipleship. A balanced perspective on this issue clearly identifies the ebb and flow¬†of engagement and interaction between God and us . We communicate and move toward God, and he responds to us in kind. He also speaks to us …

BAM is a Global Phenomenon

Through its Young Leaders Gathering, the Lausanne Movement is promoting business as mission (BAM) in powerful ways. Check out the article through this link YLG BAM. See how the Spirit of God is building international partnerships that can transform churches and their communities. I’m curious how the Spirit is building international bridges in your church, community, ministry???

Sabbath Rest

Self Watercolor

The artwork above this blog is a recent watercolor piece done by my wife, Kathleen, entitled “Gentle Waters.” It evokes numerous emotions in me, as her artistry always does. One of my thoughts as I reflected on it was the importance of rest in our discipleship journeys. Rest. Sabbath. Solitude. Following Jesus includes sacrifice and work, serving the marginal and …