Coach told us that instead of teaching us from a textbook that he would be sharing things from his life. While the "sharing life" language sounds very natural to me now, looking back I recognize that it was actually revolutionary for me to hear this man that seemed like a legend before I even met him, give to us out of his life experience. As he shared from his life, he directed our focus on the essentials of walking with God and warned us not to become distracted by things that wouldn't really matter in life.
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Donna Bishop was one of the first agents of change that I ever had a chance to know. We met when I was a junior in high school. She was a transfer student I had never seen before, but it didn’t take long to realize that she was different. I’d often run into this beautiful young woman alone somewhere on campus, just praying and worshipping Jesus. We shared a couple classes and became friends, but she never ceased to amaze me with how serious she was about following Jesus.
destiny trap: the confusion, hurt, and betrayal that arises in the heart of a believer, usually one new to the faith, when they realize that though the progression of their individual success pre-Jesus seemed both incontrovertible and destined, the progression of their success in Christ is measured by an entirely different standard.
I shook my head as I wondered what I was about to learn. “A running homily is when you start with any scripture and spend the rest of your time pointing to Jesus.” As he talked about the importance of keeping the person of Jesus central in our preaching, I recognized that it was even more important to keep Jesus at the center of my life. All of my busy rushing around, trying to get qualified to do something great for God was actually leading me away from following after Jesus.
What does it look like to live inside the answer to someone else's prayer? It is understanding our place in the context of God's story that empowers us to surrender fully to His perfect leadership. In this video, Brad discusses the life of William Penn, and how understanding context frees us to trust God more deeply while running the race set before us.
Inside of every apple is the blueprint for the orchard. Often, it is the process of dying to ourselves that allows the dream God planted inside of us to come alive. If only we knew the power of the things that we conceive with God, we would know when to fight for our dreams and when to let go and trust Him with the outcome. In this video, Brad explains that it is the seed of Christ in us that brings true and lasting transformation.
Brad McKoy took some time to talk to his good friend, Brian Orme, about his journey to learning the value of making disciples and living out the gospel in the micro. Their conversation covered the process of learning that discipleship is more than discussing a Christian book over coffee together. Pointing to the life of Jesus as our model for what it looks like to make disciples, Brad talks about the power of following Jesus in everyday ways and inviting others into that process.