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Define failure

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Failure is not subjective. It is a provable fact. Simply compare results against expectations. If the results fall short of the expectations, that is defined as 'failure.'

Prisoners of Prototypes

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As we gain knowledge and experience within a particular area of life, we tend to become prisoners of our prototypes.
I read and enjoyed the book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg. The title of this post is taken from the section I want to discuss today: Prisoners of Prototypes. The point of the section is that the more familiar we become with a particular domain or area of life, we tend to become trapped by certain ways of thinking. We compare every new idea that we encounter against the templates of ideas that have succeeded in the past.

Diagnosing the Problem

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What's keeping the church from making spiritually mature, fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, who are not only able to withstand the culture but are also actively producing disciples of Jesus themselves?
I have already made an effort to convince you that something is broken within the modern western church, and I will continue to share more research and statistics from studies that are being conducted. I realize that there will be a natural tendency on your part to blindly resist any and all criticisms of the church at large, and you will especially resist any perceived attack on your own particular traditions and way of structuring and conducting church.

Learning in Public

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I need to be willing to bring people into the process that goes on behind the scenes. Show people how I get ideas. The idea is to allow the audience to follow along as I try to figure out how to make disciples of Jesus.
What if I started using this website as a publicly-accessible filing cabinet of thoughts and ideas that have stuck with me from the books and articles I’ve recently read? That might cause me to stop thinking of each post as something that needs to be well-structured, and to start thinking of each post as simply a new scrap of paper or index card with another idea or quote that I want to keep.

Half the World is Now Online

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3.9 billion people are now using the Internet, meaning that for the first time more than half of the global population is online.
There are almost 4 billion people using the internet! What would the Apostle Paul have done if he could’ve communicated with 4 billion people with such little difficulty? What could you and I be doing to reach the masses?

Mind the Gap

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Comparing themselves among themselves, they are not wise...
“Mind the gap” is a warning that’s posted in the UK subway system. It is a notice for passengers to be mindful of the gap between the platform and the subway car so that they don’t trip or injure themselves in some way. I’d like to use the phrase to remind us of another gap we should be mindful of. While it could certainly result in bodily harm to forget about that gap in the UK subway, ignoring this gap could do even greater damage.

Becoming and Producing Disciples of Jesus Christ

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The goal of Disciple School is to develop a clear and uncomplicated way to train spiritually mature, fully devoted disciples of Jesus who are able to then make more disciples
Your church has a serious problem. I’m sure that you’d love to respond by telling me the size of your congregation, the amount of giving, your service to the poor, or the number of new converts. But just for a moment, I hope you’ll suppress the urge to become defensive, because I’m truly not attacking you, your pastor, or your church. In fact, I believe that you have a sincere desire to win the lost and help the less-fortunate. I’m sure you invest your time and resources in a variety of activities and programs taking place at your church. But I want you to ask yourself a question, and I don’t want you to feel like it’s your duty to honor the sacrifice of everyone in your church by instantly responding ‘yes.’

The 'End' Game: End-times & the End of Our Credibility

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No matter how many times you guess about when the world will end, you can only ever be correct one time. So what is there to gain from all this guessing? What's the point?
Instead of wildly guessing about possible dates for the apocalypse, why not make it a point to declare in public only those things which we know are verifiable and well-attested in Scripture? Why not use the public square for more fruitful discussions and interactions that actually increase our trustworthiness as representatives of God rather than destroying it?

Stock and Flow

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A Basic Content and Social Media Strategy for Disciple School
Austin Kleon wrote a great book about creativity and audience-building that I’ve read multiple times. It’s called Show Your Work, and I highly recommend it for anyone who’s ever wondered aloud, “How do I get my stuff out there? How do I get noticed? How do I find an audience?” There’s a great section in the book called “Stock and Flow,” where Kleon mentions an article that economist Robin Sloan wrote in 2010.