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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.

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.

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?””

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...

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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...

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?

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 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 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.