A Flourishing Life of Love
by Charlie Self
As we aim to love God and do God’s work in the world, we need a new vision of what it means to “make disciples.” This flourishing life described by Moses and Micah, Jesus and the Apostle Paul, is not merely a set of rules or series of programs. A flourishing life of love will grow, as we understand the outcomes of walking with the Lord.
Being and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
by Pamela Dilmore
The author notes that we are called to make disciples—to inspire, and to encourage others to follow Jesus, and to live according to his teachings. She wonders if we take the call to “make disciples” for granted and points out that in the Greek New Testament, words translated as “disciple,” have constellations of meaning that revolve around following, learning, and teaching. This is a tall order; this is our calling!
by Kimberly Credit
Today in America, it is common for many people to identify themselves as Christians yet they may rarely attend a church, read the Bible, or live a true Christian life. Can a person be a Christian without being an authentic disciple of Christ? This article explores this question in the live of individuals and churches.
From the Editor-In-Chief
by Jin Hee Han
Our first issue of this year sets the course for the year, centering on the theme of the DISCIPLE. Our authors in this issue guide us through many transforming venues in which we find ourselves as learners of the way of heaven. Jesus’ unparalleled teaching of loving enemies and his life-giving sacrifice on the cross abide as the mark and price of being a faithful DISCIPLE.
Medieval Mysticism: Superabundance of Divine Grace
by Albrecht Classen
While some are skeptical of the Medieval Mystics’ claims about their visions of the Divine, here is a cogent defense of those ancient people who experienced God’s Superabundance in this most unique way.
Superabundant Capacity of God: a Reformed Perspective
by Al Bunis
Since the term “super” is often misused today, describing God as having superabundance, may not have the impact originally intended. However, connecting superabundance to Reformed depictions of both God and humankind may be a good place to start.
Preaching God’s Superabundance from the Margins
by Eunjoo Mary Kim
It maybe difficult for preachers whose congregations are in the dominant culture—affluent and satiated—to deal with God’s Superabundance since it may require imagination to see what God is doing on the margins as well as recognizing our obligations to the global community.
The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
by Chris Shelton
“Jesus said: “Let’s take the boat out into deeper waters.” So out they go and then toss their nets into the depths. Suddenly, their nets are full to the point of breaking…. But the story doesn’t end here, for Discipleship begins not when they haul in the abundance–but when they leave it all behind and follow him.