Discipleship Tools

The Secret Code Prayer

The Secret Code Prayer

Have you ever run a discipleship experiment? When was the last time you tried something new related to following Jesus or being shaped by him? I think a spirit of adventure and discovery goes a long way in the life of a follower. Not everything you try will be right for you, or right for […]

V6 Discipleship: Social Influence (Part 2 of 3)

V6 Discipleship: Social Influence (Part 2 of 3)

Social Influence and Social Ability are two of the cylinders in our V6 change engine. Getting all six cylinders firing together will help move you forward on your journey of faith.

V6 Discipleship: Personal Influence (Part 1 of 3)

V6 Discipleship: Personal Influence (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 of a look at the six sources of influence that promote healthy change and propel your next steps on this journey of faith. Personal Influence and Personal Ability are two of the cylinders in our V6 change engine. Getting all six cylinders firing together will help move you forward.

Orientation vs Performance: GPS or GPA?

Orientation vs Performance: GPS or GPA?

Behavior matters, but because people are complex, attitude and trajectory over time matter even more.

Outreach and Journey

Outreach and Journey

 Conceptual Metaphor in Speaking of Jesus, Part 3 Speaking of Jesus intends to move Christians beyond thinking of non-Christians as “the enemy” and of salvation as “crossing a boundary line;” instead, Medearis wants people not only to speak of, but also to follow Jesus. This view of the Christian faith—faith as following Jesus—inherently embodies a […]

Outreach and Containers

Outreach and Containers

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 2 In part 1 of this blog, we considered the conceptual metaphor ARGUMENT IS WAR in the book Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis. This blog picks up where part 1 left off, with the discussion of a second conceptual metaphor that often guides our experience […]

Outreach and Warfare

Outreach and Warfare

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 1 Introduction The way we talk reflects the way we think. In fact, for contemporary metaphor theory, metaphor is primarily a function of thought and perception, and only secondarily a matter of words or language. In significant and ubiquitous ways, we live our lives in terms of metaphor. […]