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

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 …

Your Work Matters

On a cold morning outside Baltimore, I was up early. Before attending some meetings that day, I wanted to take some time to read several periodicals over coffee at a local Starbucks. With an Americano, Wall Street Journal and USA Today in hand, I took a seat in a dimly lit corner around 6AM. The place was still quite empty …

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 …

Poverty Alleviation

I was reviewing this article from Christianity Today: CT Article. It was fascinating to see the creative and productive ways that God-driven entrepreneurs are changing the face of the human landscape through their efforts. Take a look at the article by clicking on the link above to read these great stories of faith.

Hello, my name is Randy and I am a White-Knuckled Christian

The Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4 about being a “non-anxious” Christian smack me in the face. Despite my sincere trust in God’s sovereign care over my life, I find myself holding onto things, situations, desires, and needs with a “kung-fu” grip. That stubborn urge within me to be in control of my life causes me to handle things that …

Creation Waits with Eager Longing

Creation Waits with Eager Longing[1] On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers and sinking, two days later, into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, “the spill has gushed up to 100,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf.”[2] As if previous environmental issues were not enough, this spill—what President Obama called “the worst …

Death, Discipleship and Discovery

Blogging about discipleship was supposed to be a walk in the park for me!  After all, I’ve had years of experience as a pastor and as a CEO of a large organization.  I’m a psychologist and a social worker and for the past 10 years my graduate students have been supplying me with piles of the latest peer-reviewed literature on issues …

Couple-Calling

At the beginning of the first premarital counseling session, the Pastor asked the couple, “Why are you getting married?” their first responses were appropriate and normal: “We love each other…God brought us together…our families approve…we share so much in common…” Sometimes if the couple was focused on “full-time” Christian ministry of some kind (evangelism, pastoral leadership, missionary service), they might …