At the heart of the gospel is the idea of righteousness before God (Rom. 1:17), but that word has little to no meaning outside of the church world. We may try and talk about it, but it ends up sounding like righteous-nonsense. What is righteousness, and why should the world care?
Author Archive | Jesse Dukes
This Article is part 2 of a series on Transformation. Part 1 can be read here. To walk with Jesus in this life we have to allow God’s word to transform us, and this transformation involves 3 steps that we walk through again and again. The movements are: Repent, Believe, Abide. These three movements can […]
When I was growing up, I dreamed of one day becoming a Nuclear Physicist. I’m still not exactly sure where this dream came from, but I know that I was always amazed by the power that nuclear energy represented. I remember being so intrigued by the idea that by manipulating this infinitesimal speck, an atom, […]
I had an interesting conversation with a friend over lunch a few months back. We’re both in the process of joining with other believers in our area to form missional communities and to live out the gospel in community together, so we were getting together to encourage one another and share stories and learn from […]
Earlier we’ve talked about how the word discipleship has come to mean both everything and nothing. But obviously this can’t be where we end. I’ve found that unless you define the terms that you use and make clear what you mean, then what you say will often be meaningless. So I have come to understand […]
All our words, from loose using, have lost their edge. – Ernest Hemmingway Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. – Jesus (Matthew 16:24) What is discipleship? It is a word that has come to mean both everything and […]
It’s difficult to do an honest reading of the gospels and not come to the conclusion that discipleship is one of Jesus’ primary concerns and focuses. However the difficulty comes when we ask the question, “Who actually makes disciples, us or God?” One could easily point to the great commission in Matt. 28:19 and proclaim […]