The Journey

As we come alongside others, we are invited by God to become living reminders of this startling reality––their story is unique and it matters deeply to God and us. I have been reminded recently that meaningful conversation with another must be rooted in a sense of wonder or reverence for the person. Few things are worse […]

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I have been in a few conversations recently that have reminded me of the critical importance of paying attention to the way adults learn and grow. From day one this attention to engaging adult learners has always been a distinctive feature of VantagePoint3’s efforts to help men and women deepen and develop in Jesus’ name. […]

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God desires to make disciples, not just converts; what do mature disciples look like? Do you and those around you have any personal expectation of maturing in Christ beyond the first steps in their faith? Christian maturity is not a pipe dream. There is a tangible reality when we encounter it. Some people do learn […]

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I have been thinking a good bit this afternoon about “the why” of mentoring and spiritual friendship in the Christian life. And as I let my mind go with this question once again, I found myself circling back to an essay I read years ago by Annie Dillard entitled “An Expedition to the Pole” (not […]

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At its simplest, VP3’s The Journey is a meaningful walk with a group of people guided by three primary questions: Who is God? Who am I? What does God want to do through me? I have been reminded recently of how powerful this process can be, helping men and women wake up to the depth […]

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“Give us this day the freedom to be amazed and to trust your way among us, even when the world seems closed to all futures.” Last week a friend sent me a brief video that captured the experience of a woman named Sheryl in his congregation who had recently walked through The Journey process with […]

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 No book we read, no conversation we have, no sermon we hear, no spiritual discipline we practice, no Journey process we take can be transformative unless we have a thirst for a deeper life with God—and are prepared to […]

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Amidst all the chatter on Apple News and Christianity Today about leadership, I was struck this morning by Celestin Musekura’s* simple and compelling response to the question — Why is leadership important? Watch the short 2 minute video.  Why is leadership important? from :redux on Vimeo.     But not so with you … I […]

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A couple years ago now I pinned a poem to a wall in my office. It was sent from a woman named Kennette who was facilitating a group through The Journey and then A Way of Life. Her words remind me often of what is possible when a group of adults commit to having an extended conversation about God, themselves, […]

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We are excited to share with you the upcoming changes to The Journey. And over the next couple weeks you will be hearing a lot about how to get your hands on the new process materials. For those of you insiders to the process and leading the process, let me give you a bit of sneak peek […]

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At midlife Augustine (354-430 AD), reflecting upon his own growth and upon the struggles of pastoring his congregation in North Africa, concluded that the central image used by most of his contemporaries for describing the spiritual life—that of “a vertical ascent” or a ladder—was inadequate.  Instead, he increasingly characterized the Christian life as “a long […]

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I once heard Dr. James Houston comment that in the North American Church: we have spiritual maps and mapmakers, ad nausea, when what we really need is a few mountain guides who have been there before us on the journey. So much of what passes for adult discipleship or leadership development today lacks interpersonal investment, […]

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