Discipleship

Discipleship

I Am With You – Inspired by the song: Your Labor is Not In Vain

There’s a song I love that gets to me every time it comes through my speakers. (Okay, there are a few that fall into this category, but bear with me.) It’s not only the music, which is lyrical and lovely. It’s also not only the words, though I find them to be thoughtful and powerful. The emotional trigger of the song comes down to one line, which I am convinced captures a truth at once so fundamental and so easy…

What Does the Resurrection Say to Your Frontline?

I find it terribly easy, as I go about my day-to-day life, to forget that this current existence is not all there is. This isn’t a forgetfulness of belief—at the cognitive level I am fully aware of the reality that there is more than my eyes can see. It is a forgetfulness of what I suppose could be called practical belief. I can speak passionately about the implications of the resurrection and the hope of all that’s to come, and…

The Sent Ones – Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer

Each year, I meditate more and more on what Jesus did—and did not do—on the night of his betrayal and arrest. I can’t help but notice the myriad ways He “loved [his own] to the end” (John 13:1), even as He was about to face torture and brutal death. I see this particularly in John’s Gospel narrative, as Jesus takes on the place of a lowly servant, washing the dust, sweat, and grime from his disciple’s feet, including the one…

What Do the Sufferings of Jesus Say to Your Frontline?

When we talk about our frontlines, it is with a largely positive tone. This is understandable. For many of us, whole-life discipleship offers a sense of empowerment and fulfillment. When we realize that God cares about our everyday lives, those ordinary spaces—our work life, our leisure time, our relationships—become exciting opportunities to experience God and see Him at work. It is a joyful thing to know that your mundane existence can be part of the work of God in the…

A Prayer of Repentance for the Frontline

If you are a part of a more liturgical church tradition, you may know that we are in the season of Lent. One of Lent’s hallmarks is the call to repentance. In acknowledging the ways we fall short, we find an invitation to turn and return to the way of Jesus. It is an opportunity to not only confess but to recalibrate. So, today, we offer you this prayer, for reflection and repentance for the frontlines. “Most merciful God, we…

How Many Hours of Your Week Are Dedicated to God?

I remember the sessions from my high school days, a moment intended to create a self-evaluation of the use of my time (good), which ended in guilt (not-good). I sat with pen and paper, attempting to make a rough pie chart, while our leader went through the questions. “How many hours are there in a week?” Twenty four each day, times seven days. One hundred sixty eight hours. “How many of those hours do you spend sleeping?” If I’m trying…

What Does Fruitfulness Look Like? 6Ms by Mark Greene

When we talk about life on the frontlines, it isn’t long until we need to consider what faithfulness looks like in the places, spaces, and relationships God has placed us in. In the tradition I was raised, conversations about being on mission in the everyday typically centered around opportunities to explicitly share the Gospel and invite a friend, co-worker, or neighbor to accept Jesus. Or, more likely, invite them to church, where they would accept Jesus. Obviously, for those of…