Concrete Disciple – Renew Your Mind

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 (ESV) This verse has stuck out to me lately as I have been spending a lot of […]

Concrete Disciple – Fridays Are Messy

So Mark 8 tells this crazy story. If you follow Jesus life you see people went wherever he was. The story starts with this crowd who had gathered for the past three days. There number is now at 4,000. And they were hungry. So Jesus calls his disciples to him, and he says something really […]

Concrete Disciple – Mountainside Experiences

And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach. – Mark 3:13-14 (ESV) In my years of working with middle […]

Something Must Change

We have an issue with our time. It is the one thing none of us can get more of – and the one thing all of us seem to struggle to give up. But the reality is our time is short – and the lives of those around us time is possibly shorter. This past week […]

Concrete Disciple: No Other gods Before Me

“You shall have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3 Idolatry is not something we like to talk about…because we don’t struggle with it, right? And yet, as I scroll through my social media feeds I realize that we (myself included) are sorely confused. We assume because we don’t have this honking carved stone […]

Concrete Disciple – The Struggle

In Matthew 28, Jesus is clear in the command he gives his disciples, which echoes down to us. And as disciples, whether we are 62 years in age or 12 years in age, we too are commanded to make disciples. So what does that look like for a middle school student? Specifically in context of being […]

When the church needs Grace

I remember thinking working in a church would be easy. Maybe not easy – but I certainly didn’t think it would be this difficult. I liked to believe a community of people gathered together who claimed Christ would be a good representation of the One they claimed to follow. But as I looked closer and […]

Concrete Disciple – Jeremiah

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me. “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be […]

Trust in Weakness

I must admit – I tend to struggle with trusting God. And I didn’t really even realize it. Its not so much struggling with God not being who he says he is – but rather I realized I had a limited view of God. I was not in awe of God and was instead looking at God […]

The Waiting Game

One of the most difficult parts of creating disciples, specifically of middle school students, is that it requires a lot of waiting. And a lot of patience. Because middle school students are so finicky as they move from 11 year old concrete thinkers to 14+ year old abstract thinkers, discipleship looks a lot different than […]