The Rev. Morgan Guyton's mystical encounter led him to a discovery: the more brutal a cross that a follower of Christ must carry, the deeper he or she descends into the baptism of discipleship. Read more

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Based on its highly acclaimed "Chuck Knows Church" series, the new Discipleship Ministries teaching series intends to educate churches about evangelism, discipleship, stewardship and other factors of church life. Read more

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Lent is about rooting out those things that separate us from the disciples we want to be; in other words, we're unraveling, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Christmas' familiar rituals can lead us into unexpected paths of following Jesus, if we'll let go, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks that Christians can look to models who combine faith and action that will energize their discipleship. Read more

Mark's gospel quotes Jesus saying very clearly that following him requires lifelong commitment and risk, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

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Bishop Karen Oliveto finds that the cost of discipleship is a continuing process of discernment, action, evaluation and celebration that few of us attempt. Read more

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Two years after he somewhat reluctantly joined a small group, United Methodist layman Shaun Jex finds that investing in one another's lives is crucial to growing in faith. Read more

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Methodism's founder John Wesley was right – the disciplined practice of what the Rev. Jack Shitama calls "keystone habits" prepares Christians to mature into spiritual leaders. Read more

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Failure to make disciples, more than anything else, has us in the state we presently find ourselves, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. Until we take that seriously, we are going to be in trouble. Read more

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Bucking the trend of making things easier, the Rev. Jason Valendy argues for dysfluency with the Holy Bible – making it harder to understand so that faith requires struggle to take root. Read more


The Rev. Jack Shitama expands on his previous post on mature discipleship with guidance on how to help form and guide followers of Jesus. Read more

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A mature disciple of Jesus exhibits characteristics resembling those "fruits of the Spirit" that Paul talks about, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. Read more

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Building a "bigger box" for Jesus in your life will involve risks that will challenge your comfort zone, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

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A missionary with experience in rural Africa, the Rev. Pat Watkins finds that her life as a follower of Jesus deepened as she began to connect with the seasons and life of Planet Earth. Read more

It's not the techniques but the inspiration to follow that will make a difference in the United Methodist Church's future, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Church politics, marked by a drive for doctrinal purity, have disheartened United Methodist layman Geoffrey Kruse-Safford to the point that he's stopped going to worship. Read more

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Much of our spiritual journey is spent trying to control our need to succeed, but if we achieve true humility, we're still challenged by our need for acclaim, writes the Rev. Irvin J. Boudreaux. Read more

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