Darkside of Pastoring Faith, Work & Economics

I’m concerned that so many pastors have joined the leadership cult. I have an (unprovable) sense there’s a lack of deep theological and exegetical skills in order to teach the scripture. (When I’m around pastors they don’t talk about what the Spirit taught them in the text. They talk about business — I mean — I’m game but I’d like to …

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 …

Welcome to AGTS Discipleship Network

As the director of the AGTS Discipleship Network (AGTS DN), it is my distinct pleasure to welcome everyone who has been a part of the AGTS whole-life discipleship initiative into the inaugural unveiling of AGTS DN. This website will become one of the primary communication and interaction tools we use to keep our conversation about Christian discipleship fresh and hopefully …

Sacred-secular Divide: A Toxic Concept

For many of us, when someone goes into “full-time ministry” we have referred to them as entering a “higher calling”.  In fact we commonly speak of someone going into “THE ministry” as if there is only one ministry that is of note in the Kingdom of God.  All activities that are related to the church (preaching, worship, music, Sunday school, …

Searching For a Definition of Discipleship

For many Christians today the measure of discipleship has been reduced to being skilled at activities that happen on a Sunday: worship and prayer, or possibly also to display a solid knowledge of the Bible.  Clearly no one is going to argue that these disciplines have nothing to do with spirituality.  The Spirit-filled disciple has indeed mastered the skill of worshipping …