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The Obedience of Jesus

Obedience is God’s love language, and Jesus was the perfect example of how to love God and obey Him completely. Jesus made it very clear that His focus was on obeying His Father only. He said, “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what […]

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Overcoming Challenges Part 2

The Implications Of The Disciple Making Process

This is the 4th and final video podcast we did with the San Antonio Baptist Association.  Here we discuss the implications of a disciple-making process for ministries today. “Dr. Etheredge, from your perspective is there a direct connection between churches that are developing and sustaining a disciple-making culture and churches that are dying?  The reason […]

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Overcoming Challenges Part 2

Overcoming Challenges In The Disciple-Making Process (Part 2)

This is part two of our discussion on how to overcome challenges in the disciple-making process. We’re continuing to discuss the navigation of challenges that come with investing in others. “Dr. Etheredge, what is one word of encouragement or practical takeaway that you want to share with pastors and leaders about how to address and […]

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Challenges in Disciple-Making

How To Overcome Challenges In The Disciple Making Process (Part 1)

As we continue our discussion with the San Antonio Baptist Association, the focus shifts to overcoming certain challenges that we may encounter in our disciple-making processes in local churches. “Dr. Ogden from your experience, what are three challenges you see that can sabotage the disciple-making process in the churches you are engaged with right now?” […]

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Sustaining A Disciple Making Culture In Today’s Environment

Recently, I had the privilege of recording a series of conversations with the San Antonio Baptist Association.  Frank Jackson and Dr. Rowland Lopez lead the discussion with Greg Ogden and myself. We share our experiences and thoughts on navigating challenges and the implications of a disciple-making process in a local church.  We also discuss how […]

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what apple gets about disciple making

What Apple Gets About Making Disciples

JESUS OR APPLE  Not long ago I was in the Apple store working on my iPhone. A young lady was helping me—she probably looked to be in her early twenties. While she was working on my phone I start talking to her about her job. I asked, “Have you been working here long?” “No, not […]

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Fellowship of the Unashamed

Karen Watson wrote her own epitaph. Her example has often stirred my heart to a radical devotion to Jesus and the making of disciples among all nations. Karen served as a Southern Baptist missionary to Iraq and was killed, along with three others by an unidentified attacker on March 15, 2004. Karen had written a […]

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Your Crisis Stories

Jesus can use your greatest weakness as your greatest witness.Up to this point, we have been talking about your testimony; your salvation story. But I’m sure that as you think back over your life, you could find many stories — outside of your salvation — where Jesus met your need or ministered to you in […]

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The Rest Of The Gospel

The king was at a crossroads. He had been given a direct command to wipe out the Amalekites. Nothing was to be left standing. But his men were clamoring to keep some of the choice cattle and livestock. Which would he choose? King Saul was one of the most promising men in Israel. At the […]

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How Do You Make Disciples?

“How Do You Make Disciples?” I love asking pastors that question. Not long ago, I sat around a conference table with several pastors, professors, and denominational leaders. We were all there to talk about discipleship. When the question was asked about how disciples are made, the thoughts were pretty vague and varied. Most said that […]

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