Eugene Peterson

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Here are some highlights from books I’ve recently read or am currently reading… Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Commemorative Edition. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2019. (First edition 1980) As a society, we are still obsessed with the immediate; new […]

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God (Part 2)

Questions help us explore the unknown, scrutinize our understanding, investigate our surroundings, deepen our relationships, and more. Here are five more important questions to ask when exploring faith with God. Did you miss Part 1? Click here.   #6 What if I made some terrible decisions? Concerned you can’t connect with God because you’ve made some […]

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God (Part 1)

Thinking about God and whether or not he’s real or can be trusted? Ask some questions–questions are our friends. Before taking a step of faith, count the cost, and do some exploring. Don’t be intimidated or frustrated by your questions. Let them motivate you to seek answers. Jesus welcomes your pursuit and claims that when you […]

Small group checklist

Overcome Fear: A Checklist for Your New Small Group

Small groups are invaluable — life change happens best in community. Still, a step of faith is always required when starting one. But that doesn’t mean the experience has to overwhelm you. Use this new small group checklist to overcome fear or concerns. Groups give people a chance to be seen and heard while participants develop […]

Sure-fire resources to change the way you grow your faith

Sure-fire Resources to Change the Way you Grow Your Faith

Sure-fire? Why not?! This article is not an exhaustive list but a healthy stock of books and resources to positively shape your view of following Jesus and his command to make disciples. You may not be interested in every book, but find one that piques your interest—or check out one of the podcasts—and learn more […]

A dozen ideas to make you a powerful couple

A Dozen Ideas to Make You a Powerful Couple

When Janine and I were first married, I remembered hearing an older couple say how they were in love more that day than when they first got married. A sweet sentiment, I thought, but how is that possible? Aren’t the most vibrant and passionate years in the beginning…and then you hang on to the end?  […]

Shift the Burden of “I Can’t” to “God Can”

Shift the Burden of “I Can’t” to “God Can”

One of the strategic invitations our church offers—and this website endorses—is participating in a disciple-making group. It’s something every Jesus-follower should experience as a participant, as a leader, and, eventually, as a coach. Most are intrigued, but few participate. There are numerous reasons people say they can’t. I’m going to highlight three and suggest shifting […]

Stop reading your Bible and start engaging it

Stop reading your Bible and Start Engaging It

As we approach the new year, I want you to think beyond goals and resolutions and focus on breaking a bad habit. Stop reading the Bible. It’s a dangerous habit and could be a waste of time. Bible reading is not unhealthy or unwise in the way some claim. Those who find no truth or […]

25 ways to read your Bible

25 Ways to Read Your Bible That Will Boost its Impact

The Bible is more impressive and influential than any of us is aware. Even those who hold the Bible in high regard do not appreciate it fully. No one does. It continues to inspire and impress. In an age of multiple voices on an array of platforms, the Bible stands alone. Josh and Sean McDowell […]

Simple Ways to Help You Get to Know People

3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Get to Know People

Disciple-making includes evangelism, and let’s be clear—nobody likes evangelism. Christians don’t like it because they think it requires them to stand on busy street corners and yell at people, “You Need Jesus!” Non-Christians don’t like it because they don’t want to be yelled at, and they don’t want to be somebody’s project. Let’s try a […]

There is a difference between a Christian and a disciple.

Do You Crave Comfort or Hunger for Adventure?

There is a difference between a Christian and a disciple. Jesus wants us to follow him and live differently. As a result, disciples are open to adventure and take risks. But Christian culture wants us to play it safe, substituting relationship building for cliques and being busy. Jesus invites us on the adventure of a […]