Question: What Do We Actually Practice?

23rd_Psalm.jpgThis week I’ve been reading the Sermon on the Mount as well as much material about the Sermon on the Mount.  I have also been reading Dallas Willard on discipleship.  I heard him speak twice today at Truett Seminary (Baylor University).  So—I am giving a lot of thought to the words of Jesus this week.  If a disciple is a person who learns from Jesus and lives by the teachings of Jesus, then his words carry much weight. 

I have two questions that I want to ask.  Your thoughts will be valuable as I reflect on the words of Jesus and our acceptance or our neglect (usually not a spoken neglect but a passive neglect).

1.  In your experience with various congregations, what teaching of Jesus is either ignored, dismissed, or often just disobeyed?

2.  In your own life, can you point to a particular teaching of Jesus which you regularly ignore, dismiss, or disobey?

(This will help as I think through the teachings of Jesus–not just in understanding them, but in reflecting on our actual practice.)

Question: What Would Help the New Year?

question_mark_778895.gif.jpgWe are just a few weeks away from 2009, a new year.  For many people, a new year is a time of beginning again and starting over.  For some it is a time to rethink our health, our priorities, and the overall way in which we approach life.


I would like to speak to our church family regarding the new year and the opportunities and possibilities it brings.  What do you think might be helpful or even important in thinking about the near year?  What could be addressed that you might find helpful?


Your comment or reply will be very helpful to me.