Breaking the Cycle

About 18 months ago I posted a Blog that outlined something of my discipleship journey with reference to a story from the beginning of my ministry. Since it was released it has been viewed and read a large number of…

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Christ and Culture

H. Richard Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture is one of the most significant theological and missiological works of the 20th century, offering a categorisation of the ways Christians have related to culture throughout history. Even though most Christian leaders have read Christ…

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What’s wrong with simplifying the Good News

Throughout most of Christian history the introduction of the Good News to individuals took time and emphasised its relational and holistic nature. After the 1950’s, the Church was confronted by a new generation that was looking for quick change and…

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Make Disciples of “all the ethnos”

Our modern English words ethnic and ethnicity come from the Greek word “ethnos” which means people groups. When Jesus told His disciples to make disciples of “all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), he wasn’t referring to political or geographic nations. He…

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Is Our Focus of Influence Logical?

Logic says that Jesus should have spent the vast majority of his time concentrating on the crowds. After all, he was only going to be on earth for a short time, and the masses had so many needs. Yet of…

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Begin with keeping quiet

What is the most important thing that we can bring to making disciples who make disciples? I suggest it is keeping quiet! If you want to make disciples and have the process stop at one generation, talk all you want.…

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What does it cost to make a new disciple?

I was once asked “What is the fruit of an apple?”  Without thinking too hard, I answered “the seeds for more apples”.  While that is true, it is NOT just more apples, it’s ultimately an orchard. If we apply this…

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Called to Bear Fruit

Discipleship is the foundation of all successful ministry. Most people would agree with that. Jesus himself seemed to make that point in John 15. His teaching on the vine and the branches is not only about our growth but also…

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Asking the right question

How do I help the church to grow? I have been asked that question countless times over the last 30 years. I usually respond with another question, How are you making disciples who make disciples? To me that’s the most important…

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