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Interview with Rowan Williams

In this episode, we talk with Dr Rowan Williams about Discipleship and the art of watching and waiting to see what Jesus might do next.

Cris Rogers with Rowan Williams

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

Discipleship isn’t about learning more, but following and copying Jesus in the everyday. We aren’t historians we are partners in Jesus’ kingdom movement.

Cris Rogers

In this series on discipleship, Loretta chats to Rev Cris Rogers about making disciples and together unpack the most frequently asked questions on the subject.

How can we get more from the Bible

Discipleship is about learning about the one we follow and the place we do that is in the Bible. Here we ask questions around how to get more from the bible? Cris gives us a spiritual practice to use every day to help with this.

Cris Rogers

APPRENTICESHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP

Pete Baker, the Pais England National Director, talks with Cris about how to put into practice ancient discipleship practices with young people.

PETE BAKER

DISCIPLESHIP IS FOR ALL AND NOT THE FEW

For many with disabilities, seeing where they fit into the big story of the Bible is hard, especially when they can barely see where they fit into the church.

Kay Morgan-Gurr

There is a group of people for whom discipleship is difficult to access, or there is nothing for them to access in the first place.

Apprenticeship as Discipleship

Making Disciples interview with John Mark Comer

Cris Rogers & John Mark Comer

Cris Rogers interviews John Mark Comer, Author of "God has a name" and pastor of Bridgetown Church Portland on the topic of apprenticeship as discipleship.

Surrendering all to Jesus

Making Disciples Interview with Danielle Strickland.

Cris Rogers & Danielle Strickland

Cris Rogers interviews Danielle Strickland on what 'real' discipleship is and the importance of surrendering all to Jesus.

FOUR THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID

Weird and wonderful phantom quotes or ideas that people either say or live by without realising they are just not true and really not helpful...

Cris Rogers

I wonder how often we misquote Jesus without even realising it. Could it be that we think we know what Jesus said but for some reason we have the wrong end of the stick. Someone once said to me, ‘as Jesus said spare the rod, spoil the child’. Wow! Taken aback I made sure they understood that Jesus never said that. I also had to make it clear to another person that Jesus never said, God helps those who help themselves. I quickly made them aware that God helps those who can’t help themselves.

How to share our faith with others

Taking time to think about sharing your story of meeting Jesus...

Cris Rogers

When it comes to sharing our faith, where do we start? Sin? Jesus? Resurrection? Do we go with something more palatable and vague? What about love, everyone wants a bit of love don't they? The truth is that there are some words that unlock conversation and some words that close conversation down. A good example is that of sin. Sin has been used for so long to bash people towards Jesus that the whole concept has become familiarised and people roll their eyes and shrug their shoulders and give us a ‘yeh yeh, tell me something I don't know’ look.

Where’s your garden?

Create gardens, small covered hidden places where you can regularly walk for pleasure with your creator

Brian Heasley

The bible begins with a regular encounter that took place in a garden, In the opening lines we see that God originally walked with Adam and Eve in a garden. Genesis 3: 8-9 “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?””

Help, I have a young family...

I am tired, short of time and struggling to grow in my faith.

Lars Meilandt Hansen

I love the verse from Matthew 22:37 “Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… 'Love your neighbour as yourself.” Or as the disciple-shape tool showed us. Love God with your head, heart and hands. That is the teaching, there's nothing new there. The reality is, there does come a time when this is significantly hard. What do you do when you have a baby, and a toddler, and another on the way. What does it mean then to love God with your head, heart and hands? How do we apply this teaching in this season of life?

Discipleship as living on purpose

Making Disciples interview with Cathy Madavan

Cris Rogers & Cathy Madavan

Cris Rogers and Cathy Madavan explore discipleship and how to make a firm commitment leads a holy life.

Your Counting Ability

How we support each other to grow in our discipleship

Dan Scott

James tells us to ‘confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed’ (James 5:16). And I think this provides a great model for how we can move forward in this area...

Is our school system destroying our discipleship?

Is our present church system is killing discipleship?

Cris Rogers

Ken Robinson would strongly state, and I would agree, that at present the school system is fundamentally about training university professors. Essentially everybody is being equipped to be an academic until they choose to opt out. The same could be said by the way we do discipleship. Sermons are often academic monologues. We are taught one way so we therefore teach this way. We tend to use the sermon to train people to be theologians and not disciples. 

HOW TO STOP MOVING

Taking time to be present to Gods presence

Cris Rogers

Modern life is busy, some of it busy for work, other times busy for family and sometimes a little busy for us and maybe a little for Jesus. Busyness for some of us makes us feel wanted, needed or appreciated. We think that if we are busy we must be proving our existence. But our identity isn't found in how busy we are.

Creating a culture of growth and change

To change direction or an activity of the church we may need to change the very culture of the whole body.

Lars Meilandt Hansen

Creating a church culture of growth and change is a challenging one. We can struggle to change the direction of the church community, we can find resistance where we don’t expect. To change direction or an activity of the church we may need to change the very culture of the whole body.

WE GET TO SHAPE WHERE WE LIVE

WHAT KIND OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

Cris Rogers

In recent years we have seen gay hate shootings, terrorism, Political leaders murdered and the racist outbursts post the EU referendum. The clinical psychologist Dr. Robert Lusson says that “Fear is a bigoted master compelling us to behaviours and actions we would never choose were we free from its incessant calling.” I liked this; fear is an intolerant master that drives us.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Going back to the old ways of making disciples - apprenticeship is discipleship, discipleship is about apprenticeship.

Cris Rogers

Our higher education model is having a detrimental effect upon how we do discipleship. So much of how the church does discipleship is modelled on a failing school system. I don’t say that to offend any teachers, but I am trying to shake up the church.

Making Disciples interview with Dr Paula Gooder

We talk with the eminent theologian Dr Paula Gooder about learning to 'knock about with Jesus'

Cris Rogers & Paula Gooder

Dr Paula Gooder speaks about learning to 'knock about with Jesus' and what it means to be a life long learner of Rabbi Jesus.

PRESENT TO GODS PRESENCE

Being present in God's presence.

Cris Rogers

Have you ever been at a party or the pub and suddenly wished you were back home in bed? Then, just as you head for the door to leave, you suddenly spot someone you didn't have a clue was there. Here you are at this party and a good friend is there and you never realised it because you were far too preoccupied with who you are with or your mind was working on an exit strategy.

Additional Needs & Discipleship

Why and how to disciple children with additional needs?

Lynnette Peckett

Should discipling children with additional needs be a priority for the church?

We Are Making Disciples

Discipleship and our planet

Ruth Valerio

I’ve just come back from preaching at a church that used little plastic disposable cups for communion. Probably about 500 were used which equates to about 26,000 little plastic cups in a year (never mind the throw-away coffee cups it also used).

Mission isn't an afterthought

It is central to your discipleship

Sarah Mcdonald

Why is it so easy for Churches to form small groups but so difficult to get volunteers for outreach days?

Three Simple Rules

3 Simple Rules For Building A Healthy Dating Church Culture

André Adefope

I meet lots of people who say dating in their Christian community can be a bit of a nightmare...

Singleness Part 1

What The Bible Actually Says About Singleness

André Adefope

In this two-part article, we will explore two important biblical teachings surrounding singleness.

Singleness Part 2

What The Bible Actually Says About Singleness

André Adefope

In the second of this two-part article, we will continue to explore the biblical teachings surrounding singleness.

Marriage

Discipleship in practise

Cathy Madavan

Most of us remember our wedding day with great clarity...

Browsing the Library

Dan Scott

The Bible is a funny old book, and let’s be honest sometimes not the easiest book to read...

Committed to Christ, Committed to His Family?

Dan Scott

Have you ever had a good read of an internet review?

Dealing with Anger as a Disciple of Jesus

Are you a fighter or a hoarder?

Dan Scott

I feel angry about all kinds of things, from people in front of me at the supermarket being ridiculously slow to unfair criticism on a piece of work I’ve done. Indeed, anger is a fact of life for any of us who interact with real people, but how do you deal with anger - Are you a fighter or a hoarder?

How to talk about your faith well

5 tips for talking about Jesus

Gav Calver

There are few things that I get asked about more by my fellow Christians than ‘how do I talk about my faith?’

Catalysis

Jason Gardner

How did the early church make disciples? What can a church implement to activate discipleship in its churches.

Making Disciples with Dementia

The Challenge of a Dementia Friendly Church

Lynette Skutt

In this second blog, on making disciples of older people. I want to focus on the subject of dementia and discipleship.

Ministry and Mission with Older People

Lynette Skutt

In recent times the issues and challenges of ageing, seem to resonate in every news headline.

Discipleship in later life

Martin Young

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus when we spend our newly retired energy in looking after our own very elderly parents and at the same time serve our children in parenting grandchildren, or as we live an isolated existence in a care home?

Reading in three dimensions

How to get the most out of your bible reading

Rod Green

Reading the bible is not easy. How many of us have started out with the intention of reading the whole bible in a year only to find ourselves defeated the tenth time we read about ‘the long lobe of the liver’ in Leviticus!

Who drives the verbs?

How to read the bible for personal transformation

Rod Green

What are you looking out for when you read the bible?

Who shapes your view of the world?

The Bible? Other Christians? The spirit? All of them?

Cris Rogers

We can’t help it but we all read the world through western eyes and we certainly do the same with the Bible. With everything we watch, read or hear we make a judgment upon it from our way of seeing the world. We all have deeply held beliefs, ingrained patterns of interpreting the world around us. Each of these firmly held beliefs cast a shadow over the way we read the Bible.

Shaping our minds so our hands can be activated

Making Disciples interview with Dr Stephen Backhouse

Cris Rogers & Stephen Backhouse

Stephen shares with us how our minds needs shaping so that our hands can be activated and live out what we are wrestling with. We also talk about the place of Theology in the local church and Tent Theology.

DO I NEED TO GO TO CHURCH TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

Three aspects of why church is important….

Cris Rogers

Church isn’t a prerequisite for being ‘saved,’ but I would argue that to live a radical, empowered discipled life, church has to be an intrinsic part of it; to inspire, equip, and challenge you, and to enable you to grow in your faith. Church isn’t at its core what you get from it, it’s what you give to it. So when you’re not at church you might not feel like you miss out but you can be guaranteed others will miss out from what you have to offer.

Making Disciples Interview with Miriam Swaffield

[PART 1] Cris Rogers interviews Miriam Swaffield about 'real deal discipleship'. A whole life lived for Jesus.

Cris Rogers & Miriam Swaffield

A whole life lived for Jesus.

Making Disciples Interview with Miriam Swaffield

[Part 2] Cris continues speaking to Miriam about how to share our faith whilst making it natural and normal...

Cris Rogers & Miriam Swaffield

Understanding what we can bring to the table once we own our style for sharing our faith.

Making Disciples Interview with Luke Whyte

Cris Rogers speaks with Luke Whyte about discipleship and millennials.

Cris Rogers & Luke Whyte

Creating a discipleship culture that is authentic is key.

Making Disciples Interview with Rob Peabody

How do we move people out from the pews onto the streets.

Cris Rogers & Rob Peaboady

Discipleship was always done on the go. We also talk about using technology to mobilise discipleship.

Making Disciples Interview with Nathan Foster

Cris speaks to Nathan about spiritual disciplines.

Cris Rogers & Nathan Foster

Cris Rogers interviews Nathan Foster, writer of Ordinary Saints, about spiritual disciplines.

Milennials

Creating a church culture that disciples millennials (without trying to disciple millennials)

Sarah Futcher Mcdonald

This January I turned 28 (hurray). In Church of England Clergy terms this makes me a foetus and the youngest Rev in my area by 10 years.