Christian Growth

Authoritative vs. Nurturant Styles of Religion

"I would prefer to describe these two postures as 'authoritarian' and 'nurturning.' Its only a slight change of words, but 'authoritative' and 'nurturant' just don’t sound quite right to me. For one thing, I think religious leaders should be authoritative but without being authoritarian." - Roger Olson

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“In much of life we build habits and patterns the way people build roads.”

"The man who grumbles in his heart will soon grumble before his household and before his fellow church members. He has begun to walk a trail of complaint and will find that others begin to follow in his footsteps, that they begin to imitate him....But what is true of bad habits is equally true of good." - Challies

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“Salvation is indeed simple and free, but it’s not just a single event at one point in time.”

"I’ve been a believer for 60 years now, and I’m still amazed every day at how much spiritual growth still lies ahead of me—at often I tell myself, 'Dan, after all this time, you really ought to be better at this.'" - Olinger

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An Illustration of Repentance

"Some sins are small and easy. We stop and walk the other way. Some sins, like the bicycle, are a little more difficult. ... there is the process of coming to a stop, the process of the turn itself, and the process of getting up to speed in faithfulness. But some sins are enormous.... God works patiently with us, carefully slowing us down, as the captain does with the ship..." - Ligonier

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Making Disciples Jesus’ Way

By Rich Van Heukelum

“If you can see your target, you have a better chance of hitting it.
If you can watch an expert, you have a better chance of doing it well.”
—Source Unknown

My father was part of the US Army during WWII. One day I saw his uniform in the closet and noticed a sharpshooter medal. When I asked him about it, he told of the day he won that recognition. He had been firing rapidly and doing okay. Then his trainer told him to slow down and take time to aim for each shot. Effective shooting requires knowing not only what the target is but also how to shoot.

One of the great encouragements of our day is a renewed focus on the mission of the church. Taglines and mission statements ooze with “making disciples” and capture the essence of the Great Commission. So we know what our target is. But do we know how to reach it?

Knowledge Is Not Enough

James consistently warned of the danger of knowing and saying but not doing (James 1:22; 2:14). His warning reminds us believers that we often think we have fulfilled a command because we know and talk about it. In that respect, some might think they are making disciples because they can clearly state, and are active in a church with, a great mission statement. Pastors are not exempt from this danger of knowing and saying but not actually doing.

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“When we only learn from our own kind, we become critical more than curious.”

"The breadth of your learning will influence the depth of your learning. Maybe that’s not new to everyone, but for me, it has created a new category from which to learn. When I seek out leaders in other industries, it helps me in 3 specific ways" - C.Leaders

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