Dallas Willard inadvertently set me up to understand a new way of “gospeling” and prepare me to understand DMM. In this video he makes a case for moving away from a “gospel of forgiveness” because it isn’t in line with Jesus’ desire to make disciples. Although it is rather long, I’ve never regretted listening to … Read moreWhat kind of Gospel?
My incessant,often addictive thirst for knowledge leads me strange places. On a blog entitled Turnaround Pastor, the author suggest the “Turnaround Pastor” can learn from Apple. Specifically a talk given by Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. I thought it might have relevance to those of us attempting to catalyze multiplicative disciple making … Read moreWhat can a Disciple Making Movement catalyst learn from Apple?
If what we’ve been taught about world geography is wrong (watch video below), could it be that all we’ve been taught about the Mission of God in this world wrong too? Did Jesus trust the qualified or release the willing? tell us to plant churches or make disciples? command us to teach all the commands … Read moreIs all I’ve been taught, WRONG?
Reading the account of Acts seems to be a different world from the one I live in. People seem to be drawn to the message of the Cross without prejudice. Has the history of the church so perverted our culture that we now have to fight thru the crap to even get a hearing! Or … Read moreWhat’s the difference?
But there was another huge eagle, with broad wings and thick plummage, and the vine actually bent its roots towards him and stretched its branches toward him, away from the bed where it was planted! It would have him to water it, though it was planted beside brimming streams in a rich soil to bear … Read moreEzekiel 17-18
Daniel 9:17 Act out of who you are, not out of who we are. Daniel’s plea to God! Maybe the very reason we don’t approach God with confidence. We come expecting Him to act out of who I am not who He is! My bashfulness before God may have to do more with my sense … Read moreWhat if?
Someone deserves attribution for this but I have no idea of whom to blame. Somewhere in our (Moran family) past we started a tradition. It consisted of exchanging names with our kids and their significant others (started as boy friend and girl friends and now spouses). The assignment is to find a gift that represents … Read moreFound Gifts
It seems that in the vein that condoms allow for safe sex, the so called Christian world has followed suit allowing for a safe, non-transferrable Christianity. There are Christian schools, music, books, bookstores, dating sites, yellow pages, jewelry and don’t forget the clothing, not the least of which are the T-shirts. I would suspect that … Read moreCondomized Christianity
My introduction to current automobile technology came when my octogenarian in-laws wanted a new car although neither could drive at the time! You just don’t argue with 80+ year old people. A friend owned a car they were looking at so we borrowed it for a test drive. I had never driven a Hybrid car. Being ever practical … Read moreHybrid Church: Can the local church and DMM strategy co-exist?
I spent my formative years in Hawaii where marijuana would find you rather than having to look for it. But there was a unique phenomena surrounding the use of marijuana. There were shops that sold the paraphernalia for consuming marijuana but not marijuana. Obviously its sale was legally controlled or rather prohibited but not the … Read moreThe Church as a Paraphernalia Shop