The ups, downs and crux of preaching

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It is clear that Jeff Bucknam has mastered the art of presence in the pulpit. This presentation on the role of biblical preaching as an element of effective discipleship through boldness, deeper application, and Christ-centredness was clear and engaging.

Present in suffering

Pastoral Care as Discipleship through Life’s Challenges Gloria Woodland By Jacquie Block I approached this workshop with a sense that its content and delivery would be quite profound; Gloria did not disappoint. Her words were so rich, true and helpful that any attempt to summarize them would not do justice. So, I am intentionally not… Continue reading Present in suffering

Disciples of the Light

A couple of weeks back, I met a young Leo Tolstoy. In Saskatchewan. This surprised me. Not because he had no beard, or that he was still alive. What surprised me was that he was a thoughtful, Canadian Millennial, who, like the great Russian thinker, rejected any Christian understanding of the person and work of… Continue reading Disciples of the Light

Can a joyful noise “make” disciples?

“How does our singing help us be apprentices of Jesus?” Andrew Dyck asked. Many have never thought about it as a tool in that way, but singing is our most enduring spiritual practice, he said. (And he’s got a PhD thesis worth of research to support his assertion.)

A gospel that could change the world

I had the privilege of attending the Thursday plenary sessions with some students from Columbia Bible College as part of a course I teach. I was curious to hear how they experienced the session as they were stepping into the conference mid-stream. And considering how the conference has so far presented attendees with a diverse range of approaches to discipleship in the context of the local church, I wondered, “Will Bible College students resonate with the session?”

The healing work of discipleship

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Anyone who spent a fair amount of time in discipleship ministry, both as a disciple or someone who receives mentoring, would testify the process is often messy and heart-wrenching. It is messy for our brokenness travels alongside us as unwanted baggage. The agony of relapses and habitual sins are the source of many agonizing moments we rather regret.

What are you hiding?

“What are you hiding?” These words were how Jeremy Walker decided to begin his talk on Knowing and being Known: Discipleship and Millennials. This question quickly struck a nerve in me as I began to recall a few of the least honourable moments of my past.

A 30,000 ft view on discipleship

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In his letter to the Colossian church, the apostle Paul expressed his mission with these words: “Christ in you, the hope of glory… is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:27–28 NIV).

Power that overflows beyond itself

As we gather as a broad and diverse Mennonite Brethren family for any kind of discussion, our clear use of language is especially important. This may be particularly true in the case of discipleship – a word that we seem to use in various ways. The definition of discipleship presented at the EQUIP study conference… Continue reading Power that overflows beyond itself

Get ready to #MBEquip2017

EQUIP is the 2017 study conference of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, re-envisioned to provide training and inspiration to professional and lay leaders in our churches on the task of discipleship.