Book Review: Discipled by Jesus

Why I picked up this book:

 

Discipled by Jesus book cover

Since I write book reviews, I normally receive new releases from publishing houses. I don’t get to read all of them, but I normally prioritize the ones that are directly linked to my ministry focus areas, or I select the resources that provide a fresh perspective. In this day, I also find it particularly important to intentionally read Christian books that are written by leaders are who people of color.

 

I care about discipleship, and this NavPress book was written by a person of color, who is well read, trained, and experienced in pastoral ministry. That is how this resource worked its way to the top of my reading pile.

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Time: The Essential Investment

I love the Gospel of John. I find it the most theologically challenging Gospel account, and I appreciate the ways it allows us to look into the intimate relationships and conversations that Jesus had with ordinary people.

John’s Gospel includes the reverent yet warm exchanges between Jesus and his relative, John the Baptist. It gives account of the high-ranking Pharisee, Nicodemus, coming to speak with Jesus at night and then being exposed to the light that truth provides. It speaks of the gentle rebuke and invitation that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman at the well. It informs us of Jesus’ deep love for Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. We learn from the comforting exchanges recorded in John 11 that Mary was not the only one who sat at his feet to learn from him—Martha learned the deep theological truths too. In short, because of his commitment to fulfill his kingdom mission, Jesus took the time to “stop” and “see.”

Red alarm clock

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Mentoring 101: Freedom

Mentoring 101: Freedom

I recently led a women’s retreat about mentoring and intentionally making disciples in the church. It was such a wonderful experience! Much like reading or studying the Word, I find teaching a refining discipline. The more you do it, the more you become aware of its redemptive work in you, how much more the Holy Spirit desires to teach, and how much work you have to do.

The women I had the pleasure of engaging left the retreat engaged and excited to Mentor for Life! Since so many of them purchased both the Mentor for Life book, and the accompanying Leader’s Training Manual, I wanted to make the training videos readily accessible on my blog.

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