John Stott on Discipleship

Last week I cried upon hearing of the death of a man I had never met. Like many of my friends, colleagues, and countless others in the evangelical world, John R.W. Stott was my favorite expositor. My understanding of the Scriptures and my theology, particularly my Christology, have been shaped more by “Uncle John’s” writings than any other single author or theologian. Stott was a practical theologian. He was a pastor with a scholar’s mind and a scholar with a pastor’s heart. He loved His Lord and the Scriptures. He loved the nations and sought to see the glory of God proclaimed throughout the world. He was passionate about engaging the prevailing culture and calling for the redemption of culture. He invested in young pastors all over the world through his writings. His is a legacy of service in the name of Jesus. Many leaders who knew him have written eloquent tributes about his life and ministry, a thing I choose not to attempt. Rather, I prefer to honor his memory by taking up the theme of the last of his fifty-plus books, The Radical Disciple.

In the book he wrote as his farewell, Stott offers the eight characteristics of what he considered the portrait of a radical disciple. In selecting his title, Stott was intentional in choosing his words, as I believe he always was, for he wanted to convey the idea that those who have Jesus as Lord ought to take seriously His call to discipleship. [Read more…]

Alan Hirsch is Coming to North Carolina

I am delighted to announce that Alan Hirsch is coming to High Point, NC sponsored by North Carolina Baptists, and because you are reading this blog, you can be one of the first to register! I was first exposed to Alan’s thinking a couple of years ago when I read The Forgotten Ways. Through his words I found a voice that articulated much of the tension I had been feeling for at least a decade with the institutional forms of church in the West in which I have been raised.

God used Alan to help me examine once again the Scriptures to try and really understand what church, mission, and discipleship really should look like. I had the joy of facilitating a webinar with he and Deb earlier this year and have heard him teach in multiple venues. Every time I hear him I’m stretched and encouraged to contend for the Gospel in North America. I am currently reading On The Verge and it is equally challenging.

Here’s the deal. Because this is a white board session with Alan there are only 200 seats available! Registration will not open to the general public until next week, but we are making it available through this blog NOW. You can register today by clicking here.

Here are the details:

A Whiteboard Session with Alan Hirsch

A key missional leader, strategist, and author Alan Hirsch draws from his own experiences, as well as the experiences of ministries around the world, to provide examples of growing churches, church planting movements, and other missional projects. You are invited to join us for an informal session with Alan, seasoned with profound thinking, stimulating dialogue, contemporary expressions of church, and mixed with practitioner-based principles, stories, and a touch of humor–all pointing to the gospel.

Where and When:

The Crossing at High Point

921 Eastchester Drive

High Point, NC 27262

September 1, 2011


Cost:$20.00*Lunch will not be provided however, there is a food court located in the mall.

Register today because I know this will sell out fast!




Why you should read this blog

There are almost 165 Million blogs on the internet. Now I’ve added one more. So, why should you read this blog? Here are some possible reasons:

  1. You’re my wife or my mom. (Thanks, ladies!)
  2. You’re a friend (I owe you all lunch).
  3. You’re a student who may take a class I’m teaching (mentioning you read a prof’s blog is the 21st century equivalent to bringing him an apple). OR
  4. You’re interested in learning more about being a disciple who makes disciples.

I have decided to come out of a long hiatus from blogging because I believe God has given me some things to say that you need to hear (and hopefully you will want to hear). [Read more…]