There is a river of great books and blogs out there calling their readers to be radically sold out for Jesus. This is not one of them. Let me explain to you why that is. This blog is not for the person who is simply toying with the idea of following Christ to the very end. This blog is not another challenge to “surrender all” or re-commit your heart to God. This blog is not intended to simply “move” you deeply and leave you with warm fuzzy feelings. Brokeness and surrender are extremely important, but what comes next? How does the rubber hit the road? And what is “normal” christianity anyway? What is that supposed to look like? Normal christianity as Jesus defines it, is in fact, quite abnormal and extreme when compared to the church of today. What is normal to Jesus is not normal in the North American church. What is normal to the North American church is sadly impotent in Jesus eyes.
This blog is written to the very few who have dared to break rank and file with the accepted norm of “churchianity.” May the words on these pages find the hearts of those who have already seriously weighed the high cost of following Jesus. They have fixed their course, and have already taken concrete steps forward with humility under the guidance of the Spirit of God. What I hope to share with you is a deeply practical look at the day to day challenges and joys of living radically for Jesus.
Two close buddies sauntered along a dusty lane deep in conversation. With heavy hearts and an uncertain future they shuffled along sifting through the ashes that remained of what had once been grandiose dreams. Tragic events had steam rolled their expectations as they watched their messiah nailed to the cross. You’re probably familiar with the New Testament account of Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As they walked our resurrected Savior came along and joined them. He spoked to them and stirred their hearts deeply. What if we were there? What if you and I were those two disciples? We’re both trying to sort out what all this means. May Jesus in his great love and compassion join us here. May the Spirit of God cause our hearts to burn within us as he guides us deeper and farther along this road less traveled. How sweet it is to be part of a fellowship of burning hearts!
Welcome to this journey my fellow disciple, for it is a journey and I am not far along in it. So it seems you and I meet briefly here on this far-flung corner of the internet. This is a winding forgotten path called the Narrow Way. Its a refreshing thing to come across a kindred heart so far away from the comforts of the church pew. It may be that you’ve traveled down this road longer than I have. Walk with me for a while though, perhaps there are things that you and I could be reminded of. May you find encouragement, be challenged and moved into action.