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What It Means to Follow
“Follow me” – Jesus, over and over in the Gospels When I heard the topic for this month’s synchroblog–”Follow”, I immediately thought of something Richard Rohr said in his book Breathing Underwater, centered on the spirituality of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  He said “Jesus never said ‘worship me.’  Rather,  when he was calling his disciples he repeatedly said ‘follow me.’” I have a theory that we’d much rather worship Jesus than follow Jesus.  And for most of us, worship means singing, praying, reading the Bible, gaining insight and information, and “going to church.”  These things, while valuable, are...
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U2 and the Call to Follow
Every time I hear the word follow, every single time, I think of my 16 year old self, getting ready for Club, and then I think about Bono. Yeah, that Bono; the dude with the shades from U2. I hear him making his fervent pronouncement, “I will…follow!” at the end of the song of the same name. Who’d have thought Bono would be a sort of John the Baptist for me, making the way for Jesus in my heart? It was U2 and the noblesse oblige of some suburban mothers who taught me that follow wasn’t a four letter word....
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Why I Am Leaving Christianity
For reasons I will never quite understand my Internet connection will not let me access my notes.. so here is my contribution to this months synchroblog about Following Jesus. With apologies to those who are not normally involved in this part of my life.. you might as well know now. This months blog is about following Jesus. Even after I write it , I have to take a deep breath after that sentence. My friend Jacob Pordiosero once painted a painting of an abandoned boat by a shoreline of the Sea of Galilee ( well I imagined it was the...
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“Where Will We Go?” Christ vs. The Crusade System
I can’t help it. There are a few verses of Scripture that make me cry every time I read them. One of them is John 6:68. I’ll get to the context in a moment in how it deals with following Christ, but I want to quote it now. Peter says to Christ: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68 ESV) Today, it seems that “following Christ” involves very little in many circles. Raise your hand after you’ve said the “sinner’s prayer” and you’re in the kingdom. Follow the other kids up to...
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Strange Places
“Follower of Jesus” is the new cooler way to say “Christian”, a word loaded with centuries of baggage that no longer seems very Christian. Yet, “follower of Jesus” sounds a little smug to me. It reminds of those church-goers in ancient Corinth who weren’t in the camp of Paul or Apollos; they followed Jesus. Smug. However, trying to figure out just what it really means to follow Jesus is something that merits careful consideration, especially, because it so misunderstood. Following Jesus in his day meant just that. That’s how the cream of the crop, the young people with the most...
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Following Jesus Everywhere
In practical and academic theological circles it’s popular to ponder, write, consider, and act upon the meaning of following Jesus, especially following Jesus to the cross. You read scripture and start to realize going to the cross of Calvary means resisting death-dealing secular and religious bureaucratic and “other” assorted authorities, rejecting anything but love and justice as the measuring line, disallowing all that’s other than righteousness as the plumbline; after a few years of living out our baptism, we start discovering Resurrection Sunday morning is every bit as demanding as Good Friday afternoon. It’s easy to take pride in demonstrating...
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Follow Me
“Take up your cross and follow me.” ~Jesus As I reflect on the severely polarized and politicized struggles within American Christianity it is evident how little these struggles really have to do with Jesus. Both sides are more interested in isolating an ideology and then vilifying those who hold a different view. And of course, we are all convinced that our ideology is more “biblical” than any other. In all honesty, I think we hold on for dear life to our stances and beliefs so that we may convince ourselves that this is what Jesus really wants from us. It’s...
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Give Up Your Good Christian Life and Follow Jesus
This post is a contribution to the August synchroblog.  The theme is “Follow” and bloggers are invited to share their thoughts and ideas about what it means to follow Jesus. My journey of following Jesus led me to a point where I had to completely start over. Some real life stuff came along and made me take a closer look at what I believed about God, following Jesus, Christianity, the Bible, the church etc. and I realized that most of the stuff that I had been so devoted to … attending church, listening to sermons, reading the bible, witnessing, maintaining...
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Two Words
Explain the two words spoken by Jesus—“Follow me”—in 1000 words or less? Hmmm. Maybe I should just stop right there and let you think this through on your own. My understanding of what it means to follow Him has changed over the years. Perhaps our understanding of “following” is supposed to change over time as our maturity in the Lord grows in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the ways we experience Him with others. Because I can’t claim to know everything about following Jesus, the best I can offer is to share some of the things...
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Which Way Am I Called to Follow?
In this hot political season, with voices raised about guns, jobs, freedom, the American Way, I find myself pausing to ask: which Way am I called to follow? Whose priorities should I to pursue? Before Christians were called Christians, they were called Followers of the Way. The Way was Jesus: simultaneously the path itself, guide and example, companion on the journey. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” But he also said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily...
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