Category: Discipleship

  • Everyone Gets to Play, Women too

    Everyone Gets to Play, Women too

    Every spiritual gift is available to women; when a gift is present, the church should do all it can to platform, make space and celebrate the women and the gifts God has given.

  • Did The Lord Say? Vineyard Anaheim and the Language of the Spirit

    Did The Lord Say? Vineyard Anaheim and the Language of the Spirit

    Did the Lord Say? The church of my youth—The Vineyard Anaheim—continues to misstep its decision to leave the Vineyard movement. If you’re interested in the whole drama, read here and here. Anaheim Vineyard’s actions are a lesson in how not to leave a movement. While lots could be said, I want to reflect on an argument […]

  • Shame on you Ken Wilson

    Shame on you Ken Wilson

    (12/14: I was contacted by an old friend who does work for Vineyard USA. He informed me that Ken Wilson’s church, Vineyard Ann Arbor, did not leave the Vineyard. In fact, they released Ken after his book came out. Ken then sought to plant an open and affirming church. Not sure how that is going.) […]

  • Unhealthy Church Conflict & What I Have Learned

    Unhealthy Church Conflict & What I Have Learned

    I’ve been in ministry for 17 years. Let me tell you a secret: ministry can be relationally brutal. I have hurt others, and my family and I have been through the ringer. There’s no mystery why pastors are leaving the pastorate in droves. The battlefield of church conflicts could have caused a root of bitterness and […]

  • Marty Ozinga III, A Disciple of Jesus

    Marty Ozinga III, A Disciple of Jesus

    Marty clung to Jesus. He would tell me how blessed he was as the sufferings kept piling on. He trusted the Lord when there was no apparent relief to be had. In that season, Marty grew in extraordinary ways, and it humbled me. There was never bitterness or anger in him, just a man at the mercy of Jesus.

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