• Dec 12

    A Week In Review

    by Josh Luton

    Links at your leisure: Remembering the scandalous nature of the coming season: Scot McKnight, Impossible Odds “But right here, among this little trinity of troubled stories, God begins kingdom work....

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  • Dec 09
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    Of Darkness and Silence

    by Josh Luton

    In this season of Advent, of darkness and flickering candles, silence feels more appropriate than many words. Mystery more appropriate than explanation. Poets lead us into the heart of mystery, challenging...

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  • Dec 02
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    by Josh Luton

    Waiting can be exciting. Waiting can be painful. Waiting can be both at once. Tension. Anticipation and hesitation. Joy and Fear, all wrapped up in one uncomfortable package. Waiting. Which is...

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  • Nov 24
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    Keep “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

    by Josh Luton

    Are you gearing up for Thursday? Are you responsible for the turkey? Will you roast it in the oven, deep fry it? At the Luton house, we’ll be throwing it...

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  • Nov 21

    A Week In Review

    by Josh Luton

    Links at your leisure: The church calendar is different from your wall calendar and that difference matters (via Scot McKnight’s weekly meanderings): Chaplain Mike, Preparing for the New Church Year...

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  • “Studying spiritual formation abroad was an incredible experience – one that opened my mind and my heart to God’s work around the world.”

    - Kalika, CSF Student / in Wichita, KS
  • “If the series only contained Smith’s theology without the soul training it would still be good. If it only contained the soul training but not the theology it remains worth the read. But the combination of the two empowers the reader to create space in their life for the work of the Spirit.”

    - Paul, Missional Pastor / in Wichita, KS
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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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