820 posts by johnnydouglas

from Leonard Sweet’s brilliant, I am a follower.

“Sanctification” does not mean to try to sin less and less until you magically stop sinning some day. It simply means to become more and more aware of who lives inside you until it automatically spills over into everything you do.So how about you and I become more  aware of who lives inside you? 1 Missional […]

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“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is […]

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall…..but it’s working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we’re made for so much more than this…… A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 […]

“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain. This is all God asks us to give our attention to and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.” Oswald Chambers 1 I’m sure you’ve seen it: the 5-isms of insecure leadership. Indeed.  2 Five characteristics of incredibly resilient […]

I’ve been challenged to ‘pursue joy’ ever since 2012….. some weekend reading, has been calling me back to the book of joy, again. ”Christianity has been named, sometimes patronizingly, sometimes sentimentally, sometimes honestly enough, the religion of sorrow; but there never was a more complete misnomer.  It is not the religion of sorrow, but the religion […]

I continue to be asked about what constitutes my discipleship and ongoing formation. One invaluable part of my routine for almost sixteen years has been a spiritual director. The accountability, depth, insight and fellowship of these times remains….Sister Theresa played a precious part of this in my life for a clutch of those years…..here pictured with my son Noah some […]

“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, […]