Category Archives: Discipleship

The Create Commission: Artists Serving the Kingdom

For years I have been speaking about the role of the church as the wellspring of the arts for a society. I have also talked and written about worldview and the arts.  When I speak on these things, it usually … Continue reading

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One Life of Love: A Labor Day Reflection

The Great Commission calls every Christian to advance the gospel of the kingdom, in love. We are to see the people around us as humans made in the image of God. Are they sinful and fallen? Yes. And they are … Continue reading

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Why God’s Laws Are the Only Protection from Tyranny

Humans cannot live indefinitely without order. As families and nations disintegrate before our eyes we need a message from heaven. We are floundering in our own folly; there is a need of wisdom from on high. The breakdown of societies and … Continue reading

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The Kingdom Won’t Fit In Your File Cabinet

In recent weeks we have published two presentations from our March Global Forum in Brazil. One was by Hector Pardo, A Fresh Look at the Kingdom of God, and one by Luis Sena, Why the Church is not Discipling the … Continue reading

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Culture and Religion: Can a Christian Worship Jesus in the Mosque?

How does the DNA see the interplay of culture and religion? Here’s an email thread between DNA colleagues from earlier this year that started when Dwight Vogt read, and shared, an article from Christianity Today.   Dwight Vogt, Here is … Continue reading

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Why the CHURCH is Not Discipling the NATION

In my teaching over the years I have often said “If the church is not discipling the nation, the nation will disciple the church.” Back in March, the Disciple Nations Alliance forum was held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Among the … Continue reading

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Create Something on Earth to Hang on Heaven’s Wall

When I was in school, my teachers in two subjects taught me the concept of transposition. In math we learned to move a number and its sign from one side of the equation to another. In music we learned to … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE MEASURE the Great Commission?

We don’t all measure the Great Commission the same way … and the differences aren’t trivial. I’m a big fan of John Piper and have been helped tremendously by his teaching. However, he recently wrote a paper, How Much is Left … Continue reading

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Out of Africa: What Nation Discipling Looks Like

Jesus commanded His followers to disciple the nations. What does a discipled nation look like? In his forthcoming book, Emancipating the World, Darrow Miller writes: Shaped by today’s values, the church has focused its evangelism and discipleship on individuals, blinded … Continue reading

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The Villars Statement: Looking at Relief and Development from a Biblical Worldview

Almost a quarter century ago a group of scholars, relief and development practitioners, and missionaries gathered near L’Abri Fellowship in Villars, Switzerland, to discuss, debate, and reflect on the state of global hunger and poverty and the Christian response to … Continue reading

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