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A New Way of Making Disciples: Using the Left Hand

“The successful expansion of any movement is in direct proportion to its success in mobilizing and occupying its total membership in constant propagation of its beliefs.”  – The Strachan Theorem, from Richard Peace There are two streams of disciple making which could be described as “right hand” and “left hand” evangelism; we need both hands to accomplish the work of God. If You Build It…Well, You Know Right hand evangelism…Keep Reading

Seasons of Prayer

Sometimes my burden seems difficult and following Jesus seems so heavy. I should go to church, probably be in a discipleship group, serve in a ministry and give abundantly out of my sometimes meager income. Is God capricious and difficult to follow? All of this seems so overwhelming that I might as well give up and learn to relish living in guilt. Perhaps you can relate to this frustration and…Keep Reading

Delighting in the Hymn You Are In

My husband Phil and I recently took my ninety-year old mother to visit a doctor for a second opinion. We don’t see Mom as often as we would like since she lives in another city and our schedules are quite full. Mom doesn’t drive any more and doesn’t get out much. Because the distances involved in traveling to her house and taking her to the doctor (which was in a…Keep Reading

A Conglomeration of Lenten Resources

Many of us are receiving ashes on our foreheads today, reminding us of our sin and fragility; and more importantly, of our desire to descend to death with Christ during the season of Lent, that we may somehow “attain the resurrection of the dead.” We often find ourselves thrust into liturgical seasons in the midst of our busy lives, unsure of how to slow down and mark the time in…Keep Reading

Liturgy & the Arts: Have We Lost the Language for Hope?

We cannot Name or be Named without language. If our vocabulary dwindles to a few shopworn words, we are setting ourselves up for takeover by a dictator. When language becomes exhausted, our freedom dwindles – we cannot think; we do not recognize danger; injustice strikes us as no more than “the way things are.” – Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water I remember sitting in a chair across the desk from…Keep Reading

Wesleyan Resources: Hannah Bonner shares about UMC LEAD

This post is the third in a series of interviews with leading online Wesleyan and/or Methodist platforms. We at BeADisciple believe in the power of the Wesleyan movement to change lives – and we recognize the importance of online presence. In fact, our entire ministry is online! Over the past several years, a plethora of Wesleyan and Methodist resources have emerged in the online faith conversation. The goal of this…Keep Reading

The 3-Color Christian: Exploring Lent in Technicolor

What’s on your calendar for Lent this year? Perhaps you’ve read books on spirituality that promote specific practices: Lectio divina. Centering prayer (meditation). Perhaps you’ve taken one of the great classes offered by BeADisciple on meditation through photography. Or yoga. Perhaps you’ve really connected with some of these practices, and others left you untouched. Overwhelmed by Resources There are literally thousands of books urging different spiritual practices from across the…Keep Reading

Wesleyan Resources: Joel Green talks about Catalyst

This post is the second in a series of interviews with leading online Wesleyan and/or Methodist platforms. We at BeADisciple believe in the power of the Wesleyan movement to change lives – and we recognize the importance of online presence. In fact, our entire ministry is online! Over the past several years, a plethora of Wesleyan and Methodist resources have emerged in the online faith conversation. The goal of this post…Keep Reading

Five Reasons to Worship with Youth

Is worship a regular part of your weekly youth gathering? Most youth pastors would probably answer with a resounding “no” to this question. I would say this is especially true of many youth ministries within my own denomination, as United Methodists youth groups tend to be small on average. Unfortunately, the idea that we’re small, so we can’t do worship prevails among small to medium sized youth groups. This is…Keep Reading

Wesleyan Resources: Andrew Dragos talks about Seedbed

This post is the first in a series of interviews with leading online Wesleyan and/or Methodist platforms. We at BeADisciple believe in the power of the Wesleyan movement to change lives – and we recognize the importance of online presence. In fact, our entire ministry is online! Over the past several years, a plethora of Wesleyan and Methodist resources have emerged in the online faith conversation. The goal of this…Keep Reading

Wesleyan Resources: The Power of Going Online

We here at BeADisciple are thankful that you are a part of our learning community, and we hope your Advent and Christmas journey was a catalyst to a deeper walk with Christ this season. As we enter 2015, we hope to continue to provide you with the best in online learning from a Wesleyan perspective. As a part of this commitment, our blog team is launching a new series of…Keep Reading

A Season for the Reason

Isaiah 64:1-9 (NIV) 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled…Keep Reading