Posts with the category “rethink-discipleship”

Listening to spiritual stories
by Jim LaDoux on October 29th, 2023
By Jim LaDoux Ask people in your congregation about when they have felt most spiritually alive. Write down some notes you can share with your team.Here is a possible introduction to your conversation:“I am interested in learning more about how people experience God in their everyday lives. So I’m asking some people in our congregation a few questions about their spiritual lives. Thanks for being w...  Read More
Faith-filled parenting
by Jim LaDoux on April 23rd, 2022
Most Christian parents have a strong desire to raise their children who will live and love like Jesus.  As a parent of two college-age boys, my desire is for them to find ways to experience God in daily life and to embrace their callings as they help fulfill God's dreams for the world.  I believe that faith is formed, through the power of the Holy Spirit, through personal, trusted relationships.  ...  Read More
Almost Christian
by Jim LaDoux on April 22nd, 2022
Kenda Creasy Dean, a professor at Princeton’s theological seminary, published a book called Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church that explores the emerging ramifications of the lack of passion and faith in God in previous generations. This book is based on the National Study of Youth and Religion by Christian Smith and Melinda Denton that gave this new r...  Read More
A blueprint for forming faith
by Jim LaDoux on February 4th, 2022
Before a home is built, an architect is needed to create blueprints that the construction workers will use to make people's dreams a reality. Blueprints provide the structure and details that move the building process forward and ensure that the end result honors the home buyers' original intentions.  As you consider consider creating a vision and plan for lifelong faith, decide what type of "blue...  Read More
Create daily Sabbath moments
by Jim LaDoux on January 26th, 2022
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 ESVThe Sabbath moments of the soul are those brief glimpses we all have of unexpected wonder, unlooked for surprise, being ambushed by beauty.Look for joy, pay attention to what’s going on, hold life carefully as the precious gift it is, notice when God is nudging you awake to blessing. Sabbath provides us w...  Read More