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Leading the Scattered Church on Mission

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Everything that has happened in the past several months, especially social distancing restrictions, has scattered the Church back out into our neighborhoods and cities like never before. Is this a problem or an opportunity? In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, we’ll talk through the “what, why, and how” of leading the scattered church…

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10 Secrets to Growing Deeper Friendships

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Building strong relationships of trust is a key factor in discipleship. But many of us are not good at building friendships, or we seem too busy in our lives to make the investment of time that it takes. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, join me as I mine the wisdom of author…

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The Importance of Discerning Guilt from Shame

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Guilt or shame… are they the same thing? The last time you made a mistake or really blew it, what were you feeling in your gut: guilt or shame? Do you know the difference? One is healthy, and the other is deadly. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, I’ll show you why understanding…

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Embracing How and Why God Saves Us – Pt.2

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For far too long the primary message of the Church has focused on “How” someone can be saved. But the Gospel also tells us “Why” we’ve been saved. Understanding the Purpose of our salvation is critical for making disciples of Jesus who make more disciples. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, I continue…

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Embracing How and Why God Saves Us – Pt.1

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Most of our evangelistic messages focus on “How” someone can be saved. But the Gospel also tells us “Why” we’ve been saved. Understanding both is critical in making disciples of Jesus who make more disciples. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, I explain the “two lenses” of the Gospel: Power and Purpose. A…

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Life In Community On Mission: The Glorious Mess

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There is no such thing as a typical week in the rhythms of a missional community. Healthy communities follow pretty surprisingly simple patterns. And the schedules of the families are not crazy packed and insanely busy. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, I’ll share a running narrative from the daily journals of a…

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Being Good Neighbors This Summer on Mission

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Summer is a great time, with plenty of good reasons, to get out and about and mix it up with your neighbors more often, especially now that we’re coming out of this pandemic lockdown and extreme social distancing. In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, I talk about the idea of “neighboring well” in…

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Racism, Identity and Our Gospel Hope

The subject of racial equality and related social injustice is one of the most pressing and important topics in our culture today. Is this a problem that’s “out there” and since it’s not affecting the majority of us today, we ignore it and hope it goes away? Is there hope for change? I believe there…

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How to Have Amazing Family Dinner Nights

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Everyone I know feels maxed out on their schedules with the commitments they already have. Yet we are all living with a rhythm that provides one of the most valuable and recurring opportunities for discipleship in our families: Dinner. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we show you how to re-tool and repurpose your Family…

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How to Effectively Identify Your Next Leaders

Whether it’s in your church, non-profit, or missional community, if you are looking to grow, you’ll need to develop your next generation of leaders. How will you know who they are? There are certain qualities people exhibit that you can be looking for to identify the best and potentially most competent leaders. This week on…

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Pastors: Stop Doing 80% of What You’re Doing!

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If you’re a pastor, a lot of the things you’re spending time on each week may not be producing as much fruit (making disciples) as you think. But all of us get caught on a hamster wheel of things we’ve added to our list of responsibilities, or someone else has, that over time become a…

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Rebooting Community Rhythms After Lockdown

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As we move back toward normal and new rhythms in community, this can be a powerful time to re-evaluate our commitment to God’s mission, which has always been making disciples of Jesus. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we give you practical steps for rebooting your community rhythms as the lockdown and social distancing restrictions…

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The High Value of Asynchronous Discipleship

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Building trust with others in person or online is key to making disciples of Jesus. Removing any barriers to the growth of these relationships is honoring to God. How might you begin to move past your own preferences, past experiences, or traditions to engage in new forms of discipleship?  This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…

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Gospel, Community, Mission: Why We Need All 3

The idea that ‘Gospel, Community and Mission’ is crucial to making mature disciples of Jesus may sound a little bit obvious to you at first. But it is surprising how few of us, and our churches, are careful to balance the focus and engagement of these powerful discipleship foundations.  This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…

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Making Progress Toward Making Disciples?

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With all the content and info available to us today–about anything and everything, including the Bible and making disciples—you would think every Christian would be a mature and confident disciple-maker by now. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about why true discipleship is not about the consumption and passing on of information. We…

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Finding Your Value When “Doing” is Broken

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So many of us are not getting to do the same jobs and the same tasks or shoulder the same responsibilities and important stuff as we had been doing before this pandemic hit or before our church services shut down. Our egos and self-worth may be taking a big hit. This week on the Lifeschool…

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The ‘New Normal’ Will Need Daring New Leaders

The ‘new normal’ we are entering into as believers will require daring new leaders who partner with their people, open new doors for not-yet believers, and model new ways of BEing the church. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about how our current and evolving reality will require church leaders to become humble…

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Virtual Sacraments: 5 Ways to Do Communion Online

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One of the greatest pictures of the gospel and life in the Kingdom is expressed every time we share in the Lord’s Supper together. Can we, should we, and how do we participate in this sacrament during these times of social distancing? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at how the current reality…

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Don’t Pray For Church To Return To Normal

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Sure, you might miss gathering at the church building. But God has given his Family an opportunity to hit the reset button on who we are and how we get to live and minister the Good News of the Kingdom of God in everyday life. People are waiting! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…

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[C19 XTRA] Pastors: 7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself

Now that your duties include being a TV producer, online tech support, health expert and full-time counselor, it’s super important that you’re actively (intentionally) taking care of YOU! In this short BONUS episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we remind pastors that it is NOT selfish to care for yourself. If you don’t “sharpen the saw”…

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