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Production Values: Fasting

Posted: 2011 09 06 by jmmllr in Discipleship
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First off, I want to apologize to all of you guys for taking so long to continue with this series. Life has a tendency to intrude – illness, a move across the country, starting new jobs … all of it makes blogging hard to get around to. Please accept my apologies for taking so long in getting back here.

That being said…

When I first proposed a study on the Spiritual Disciplines, the comments section filled up with a discussion about what fasting really entails. I’ve been dreading writing this post because there are so many ways to look at the discipline of fasting. Is fasting just relating to food – or can you fast from other things? What is the purpose of fasting – personal edification or the glory of God? Is fasting a necessary part of the Christian walk or something that we do in time of great spiritual need? How does fasting relate to prayer?

The thing about having lots of questions is that there are always going to be people who are on both sides of the equation. I don’t want to miss out on your point of view because I’m so buried in my own.

Can't see the forest for the trees

I could have said that I don't want to miss the forest for the trees ... also this made me smile ...

So let’s start where we know we’re on common ground.  (more…)

I’ve been mulling this one over for a while now. The question has been rolling around in my brain: what is it that prayer produces in the life of the disciple? And what on Earth does it mean for men?

As I was thinking about it I got my answer.

But first, I want to share some observations.

Men are wired to think through problems. I’ve said this before. We want to solve things, and God has blessed us with the genetics to go after problems at the source and root them out. We sink our teeth into problems, and don’t let go until we’ve bitten off a chunk. We obsess and find our drive in the places that we think we’re going to be the most useful.

Secondly, think of all the people that you know who are ‘prayer warriors’. How many of them are women?  (more…)

Production Values: Meditation

Posted: 2011 07 06 by jmmllr in Discipleship
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Have you ever had a moment in your life where the Bible was painfully silent? When I graduated from High School, my Grandfather gave me a little black book called “God’s Promises for Your Every Need.” It had an index that you could turn to whenever you needed to hear what God says about a particular situation.

If this book doesn't scream TRUSTWORTHY, I don't know what does...

A couple of Summers later, my girlfriend – the first girl I ever loved (mothers and sisters aside) – broke up with me. I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do and wasn’t helped by the fact that my book didn’t have a section of “what to do when you get dumped.” Sure, I found inferences about the Heartbreak of God or the loss people felt about relationships. But none of it was quite what I was looking for.

The only helpful piece of advice that I got came from my former Youth Pastor. “Sometimes”, he said, “you need to stop looking for answers in the book and look for answers in the one who wrote it.”  (more…)

In the next couple of days I’ll be posting the first in my series on Spiritual Disciplines. I’ve been intrigued by the discussion (particularly around fasting) that has crept up – and that got me thinking: what is it about this topic that resonates so strongly with Guys? Why are guys drawn at all to Discipline? “Guy movies” promote what Roger Ebert has called a culture of permanent adolescence. Guys are perpetually immature and only settle down because society forces us to. Want proof, check out Hall Pass, Old School or any other movie in that genre. I don’t buy it. I think that guys are capable of more than culture gives us credit for.  (more…)

… To Meat

Posted: 2011 06 24 by jmmllr in Discipleship
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(You can read Part 1 Here)

I want to share two things I’ve noticed with you.

1. Being thirsty is fundamentally different than being hungry. People like Mohandis Ghandi have made their names on being hungry. But thirst can kill you – or at least make you a little bit loopy. Thirst needs to be quenched again and again. But hunger can prove a point. Hunger, not thirst is where the power is. And Guys (correct me if I’m wrong) are driven by power.

2. When I was in College, I worked as a waiter. And far and away, the greatest day to be a waiter is Mother’s day. Every restaurant is jammed on Mother’s Day. More than Valentine’s Day even, Mother’s Day is the single biggest revenue generator for the service industry. Father’s Day, on the other hand, gets hardly a notice in most restaurants. “Dad’s would rather Grill than go out to eat” is the assumption – and most Father’s Day cards back it up with a picture like this:

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From Milk …

Posted: 2011 06 03 by jmmllr in Discipleship
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This is my first real post.

And as I’m writing it, I’m sitting on the tarmac in Toronto, on my way to Chicago for my wife’s oldest friend’s wedding. It made me think about a scary statistic that I saw come out of this year’s national survey: that married couples are now in the minority in the US – and even moreso in Canada. I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage them for accepting the challenge of marriage, and congratulate them on their commitment of real agape love to each other.

I’ve wanted to blog about marriage for a long time: the theology, the wisdom, the fact that I see it as one of the opportunities in the next generation for Christians to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world (assuming trends continue). But seeing as I’ve only been married for six months (give or take), I figure I’ve still got enough to learn that it might be wise to hold off on the marriage blog.

But I do want to talk about that stat. Here’s what I know: From an early age I very much wanted to get married. I was blessed to be raised by two parents who very obviously loved each other, and I wanted that. Turns out, I’m a minority. But that doesn’t it’s not true. Marriage starts with a thirst.

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From Milk to Meat

Posted: 2011 05 30 by jmmllr in Hardcore Christian Men

“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)

Hey everyone.

I’m Jared, and I’m the newest writer here at Hardcore. If you haven’t already, go ahead and check out my profile page. I’ll wait.

That verse is what this site is all about; Moving from Milk to Meat. And that’s what gets me up in the morning too. I want to see men get hungry for something that’s actually going to satisfy what’s making them us hungry.

So let me know what you think. Fire me an email or leave some comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Jared