I was an English major in college, which afforded me the privilege of reading stories for four years. Now I have been in seminary for two years, and have ingested quite a lot of non-fiction material. While this experience has been ground-breaking for me, and while I understand this kind of reading to ultimately serve […]
I can handle it, I thought. I’ll be fine! I can do this. That was in January. But in April, after the semester was over and my brain and body were fried, I knew I made the same mistake again. I said yes too many times. I thought I could do it all. “I always […]
Imagine you are a kid again and your parents tell you on Monday to clean the garage this Saturday, with the help of your siblings. But during the course of the week, you forget what they asked of you, and instead, you decide to set up a lemonade stand at the corner of your block […]
A few weeks ago, I asked Alex Absalom a question at a gathering that my church had. “What do you do with all these models of discipleship? It seems like every church has a different way of getting together in small groups. Some have classic Bible studies, some call it missional communities, we have this […]
Probably the greatest distraction for me lately has been having email on my phone. You know the drill: check it first thing in the morning, habitually checking it throughout the day, feeling bad because you check it so much, checking it while you’re in conversation with someone, then just in case…checking it before you go […]
A little while ago, I had the chance to explore the heart and mind of Dave Gibbons, Pastor of Newsong Church in Irvine, CA and creator of the worldwide network called XEALOTS. At the time I was working with a conference called TogetherLA, and so you’ll hear some of that context in the interview. Throughout […]
Interview with Michael Mata: Practical discipleship and the one thing he would tell young people in the Church
Michael Mata has designed and administered community and faith-based programs for nearly thirty years, particularly in the areas of transformational community development, congregational redevelopment, intercultural programs, organizational and leadership development, ministry/nonprofit management and community youth development. He is the Community Transformation Specialist with Compassion Creates Change, Inc. and an affiliated faculty member at Fuller Theological […]
Ring-centered Marriage When I got married, one of the greatest changes to get used to was wearing my wedding ring. It’s titanium with a gold band in the middle—very light, but really thick. Thick enough for me to notice all day and all night, and for my pinky and middle finger to get sore. Suddenly, […]
I was at a church recently for a conference, and when I stepped up to the bathroom sink, I put my hands under the faucet, expecting water to come out. Nothing happened. This thing doesn’t work! Then I realized that it was a manual sink. You know, the kind you have to turn on yourself. […]
I’m scrolling through Facebook, trying to find a quick productivity fix. Come on, come on, come on… Finally an article catches my eye. Click I scan the article, not even bothering with body text. I’m only looking for the bold bullet points. 1. Got em. 2. Quick win. 3. Next. Then, somehow I stumble onto […]
I'm an M.Div. student at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. I’m also the Residential Dean at Carey Hall. My passion as a writer and pastor is to encourage people through merciful teaching. What I love to do is help others grow in their relationship with Jesus and their life of following Him.
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LEARNING HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS IN DAILY LIFE
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