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    I have been listening to The Phil Vischer Podcast for the past few months. I love it! It is equal parts funny, insightful, and poignant. The other day they posted a “throwback episode” and I thought, I haven't been listening long enough for this to be a rerun, I will just listen… and I am so grateful that I did.
    In my last post, we talked about the irreducible minimums of discipleship: allegiance, obedience, and trust. Today we'll explore the heart of discipleship, the soil out of which allegiance, obedience, and trust emerge. It all starts with a question Jesus posed to Peter not long after His resurrection: “Simon, son of John, do you truly
    I seem to respond so much better to praise than I do to criticism. I suspect most of us do. I can still remember receiving a beautiful card from a couple who had been following Jesus for longer than I'd been alive. Written inside were these words, among others: “We thank you for bringing Jesus so deep into our hearts...Your leadership
    Nearly a decade ago I was in a situation I had never been in before. A church in another state was talking to me about becoming their next pastor. Part of that process included providing a detailed history of my pastoral leadership experiences. I can still remember looking at the questionnaire they sent me and wondering where to begin, mainly
      I am not a perfect man. Unlike Jesus, I don't always do the right thing. Because of this, it has become increasingly important for me to rely on the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-27). Over the years, the Holy Spirit is someone I've grown to appreciate more and more as my sin and shortcomings, my chronic imperfection, become more readily
      In my last post we talked about Albert Einstein's unrestrained enthusiasm for Jesus. His verve for “the luminous figure of the Nazarene” was extraordinary, especially for someone who was not, as far as we know, a Christian. Einstein spoke of Jesus in such ebullient terms that it's hard not to admire his fervor and