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Low Cost Discipleship

January 27, 2019

Wally Lathem is a real life friend from both college and seminary. He recently wrote a powerful reflection piece, and has given me his expressed permission to share this with you here (as is often the case, the highlights are mine) —-

I’m still working on Devotions requested by the Seminary in Venezuela regarding Persecution.

The more I learn through my research, the more convicted I am of my own low cost discipleship. This reminds me of sermon preparation. The preacher is the first convicted by spiritual truth…or probably no one else will be.

For the last few years I have been reintroduced to the US mainline church after our experiences in Latin America. I struggle with our easy discipleship, cushy devotion and consumer mentality toward the faith.

And my own denomination is being devoured by leaders who encourage us to embrace beliefs and lifestyles totally adversarial to the “faith once delivered to the saints.”

I built a campus of school and church buildings in the 80’s and 90’s, valued at scores of millions of dollars. Yet in the most vital churches I know, there often is no building, and if there is, often only partial walls, leaky roofs and very inadequate seating.

I have no easy answers.

I am convicted by those who live almost totally sacrificial lives for the sake of telling others of the Good News of Jesus.

And I complained recently about the low height of the cushioned pew I occupied in a church here. God help me.

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