October 22, 2020

Every time Sam Kim sees something horrible happen to his African-American brothers and sisters, it immediately brings back the racial trauma he’s experienced. He’s transported to the first time he remembers being called by racial slurs, to being chased through the streets of Chicago, to hearing his parents laughed at and taunted. This trauma has continued, even after living and working in the United States for decades, even af...

October 14, 2020

There have been public pronouncements that systemic racism doesn’t exist, and the reality and pain expressed by the oppressed are not real. Despite this, there’s documented evidence of the disparity in income, housing, education, COVID-19 deaths, police profiling, brutality in Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. As I consider the denialists, I read in Jeremiah 6:14, “They have treated the wounds of my people car...

October 8, 2020

In a time when he was struggling personally, someone came up to Drew Thurman after his sermon and said, “I just wish I had your faith.” He says, “I was dying inside, but they equated the fact that I was on a platform, with theological training, presenting the Word in a way that stirred them with a certain spiritual status.” It became a paradigm he knew he had to shake, but not only because he wanted to embrace a vision of whol...

October 1, 2020

Does God care about our politics? How do we grapple with politics through a discipleship lens? And what role does a pastor play in this process? This is something Jonathan Romig has reflected on as a part of his pastoral ministry.

The first need in connecting whole-life discipleship and politics, Jonathan says, is a self-awareness of how our politics shape us spiritually. “When you turn on cable news or that podcast, you are be...

September 22, 2020

I whispered the words to myself in the dark: "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." They came easy and familiar to my mind, and I could feel my heart and breathing still as I repeated them. They were the reminder I needed. They were a prayer anchored in God's character: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." What a promise—God's abiding presence with His...

September 17, 2020

It has been a privilege and delight to share the stories of Equippers and Frontliners with you over the last several weeks. As I've sat down (virtually) with each of these brothers and sisters to hear what faithful discipleship looks like in their own context, I've been repeatedly encouraged.

This is part, I believe, of why we need to hear stories like the ones we've been sharing this summer. It's not only about learning from e...

September 9, 2020

Something I love about whole-life discipleship is how matter-of-fact it sometimes is. There’s no fanfare or fireworks for many of us, just simple day-in, day-out faithfulness in the spheres God has planted us. This faithful discipleship in the everyday makes me think of people like Donny Terenzoni.

When Donny thinks about what ordinary faithfulness looks like lived out, he says, “The biggest thing for me is how you live and how...

September 2, 2020

One of the beautiful realities of whole-life discipleship is that you never know where it will take you. It may push you to have a brave conversation with a co-worker, to give sacrificially of your time or money, or to take a different outlook on your role in the Kingdom as a parent. Or it may motivate you to start a nonprofit. This is what happened to Brooke Sulahian.

She says, “We are all designed for something bigger than ou...

August 25, 2020

“Discover life with God for the good of the world,” is the mission statement of Grace Chapel, where Tim Ghali serves as the Pastor of Group Life. The church has embraced the call to make disciples, nurture disciples, and equip them to live on mission in their everyday lives. “We want to invite people to see the deeper way of Jesus,” he says.

Tim knows that people are approaching discipleship from different places. Some people a...

August 17, 2020

Each Sunday, Alison Gerber remembers that many people are coming to her church extremely tired. It’s one of the challenges of life on the frontline in her New England context, where productivity is put on a pedestal. It’s also a reality that points to the need for encouragement from the church community for everyday faithfulness.

With this in mind, one of the ways that she encourages her congregation for their everyday Kingdom...

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