• Sep 08
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    Heavenly Reverie, Pt. 3 – “Get Your Head in the Game”

    by James Bryan Smith

    I played basketball in High School.  When I was a senior, our opening game was against a highly ranked team.  I was to play defense against an all-state point guard,...

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  • Aug 24
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    Simply Trust – Part II

    by John Carroll

    Last week, I blogged about my experiment with simplicity.  I was very powerful for me to use Jan Johnson’s book, Abundant Simplicity, to de-clutter a particular area of my life...

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  • Aug 11
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    Simply Trust

    by John Carroll

    Many of you connected to the Apprentice Institute know that I oversee the adult learning program, Apprentice Experience.  It has been an incredible opportunity for me. Not only do I...

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  • Jul 23
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    Shaped by Story

    by James Bryan Smith

    “We are creatures who live by our stories. From early on we are told stories by our parents, which help us interpret how life is or how life ought to...

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  • Jul 07

    Suburban Apprentice

    by John Carroll

    Several years ago, I listened to a presentation at Asbury Seminary in Orlando.  The school was about an hour away from my home – a quaint, yet comfortable little place...

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    - Robin / in Louisville, KY
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The Apprentice Series aims to help Christians develop a robust discipleship by helping them understand who God is, what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live in community as a part of God's kingdom. Throughout the series, Christians learn to discard the flawed narratives of our hearts and replace them with the truths God reveals in his word about himself, the Christian life and his Church.

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