Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. -Henry David Thoreau

What does this quote from Thoreau stir in your heart? For most of my life it brought up a feeling of shame. I felt an ache in my belly as I read Thoreau because I expected more from my life, but was living less.

The scary truth is there are too many people in the church today who are disappointed with the Christian life. We expected our lives to change. We expected transformation, but statistics show we are no different than the world around us. It’s not supposed to be like this.

The right response is not to try harder, learn better theology, or even do spiritual things like join a small group, read more of your Bible, or pray more. The solution is to stop doing discipleship and start being disciples. We need to drop the “try hard gospel” and accept Jesus’ invitation to follow him, to be so close to him in our everyday lives that we begin taking on his character.

NewBranch_JasonFeffer_WEB_02This is why I started beingdisciples.com. I hope the book Being Disciples, the practical guides to the disciplines, and my teaching cast a vision for the life Jesus promised in John 10:10 and gives people the tools they need to follow him.

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The majority of my teaching is centered on what it means to be a disciple, the obstacles to being a disciple, and the spiritual disciplines themselves. If you are interested in having me teach, please contact me at jwilliam@beingdisciples.com.