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You want to know. As a child, you asked questions ceaselessly. As an adult, you try to keep up with the output that bombards you from school, work, media, friends, and family.

The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Yet, you persist. Why? Theologian Bernard Lonergan believes that we all have “an unrestricted desire to know.” Your impulse to discover has no limits; your capacity to learn, comprehend, grasp – it’s boundless.

You can try to simplify, reduce the clutter, and concentrate on what’s essential. But what qualifies? What’s your ultimate priority? According to Lonergan, beneath all your questions lies the question of God.

I find that all my thoughts circle around God like the planets around the sun, and are as irresistibly attracted by Him. I would feel it to be the grossest sin if I were to oppose any resistance to this force.” – Carl Jung

With these words, the Swiss psychiatrist describes the essence of human spirituality as God-centeredness. Orienting all that you think, say, and do around God – that’s what spirituality is all about.

In the Bible, people referred to Jesus by many titles, including “Rabbi.” Teacher. Christ can answer the questions you have about ultimate reality and meaning. He invites you to hear Him. If you listen to His voice, you become His student, His disciple.

I named this blog “Discipleship Matters” for two reasons. First, discipleship makes a difference in you and calls you to make a difference. That’s the challenge of listening to the Lord, but it’s also a great blessing. My hope is that the articles I post contribute to the impact God wants to make in you and through you.

Second, as you learn from Jesus, He exposes you to a wealth of new and challenging insights. The Bible contains more than enough information to keep you learning and growing the rest of your life. In this sense, “matters” refers to Christ’s spiritual curriculum of on-the-job training!

I’ve followed Jesus for a while. After becoming a Christian in high school, I tried to learn as much as could about the Lord and His ways. I studied the New Testament at Oral Roberts University, took courses in Christian Formation and Discipleship at Fuller Seminary where I earned a Master’s degree, and graduated with a doctorate in Theology and Spirituality from Marquette University.

I’ve also had the privilege of ministering at two churches in California and two in Wisconsin. I’m currently serving as vice-president of West Coast Bible College, a fully-online Christian leadership training school. And I help out Shalom Ministries as one of its elders.

Will you join me to explore Scripture and the spiritual life? Let’s investigate the matters of discipleship because discipleship matters.

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