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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