New Beginnings

Dear Friends in Christ, It has been said that your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. Certainly this can bode true in the Christian walk. The temptation of losing sight of our dependency on God shows up more in our areas of strength than in our area...

School of Discipleship – Dean’s Update

At the School of Discipleship, we realize that the worldview, cultural background, and felt spiritual needs of our students are always changing. We therefore hope to continually develop in order to meet these changing needs. To that end, we’ve introduced some exciting...

Dean’s Update

Summer camp at MMR is an opportunity for our School of Discipleship students to practice the leadership and discipleship skills they have learned throughout the year. The School of Discipleship students served in a variety of ministry areas and were a blessing to the...

Bible Reading: Joseph’s Resurrection

Those of you who are following along with us on our Bible reading plan for the year will know that we are in the middle of Joseph’s story right now, Genesis 37-50. This morning we read Genesis 43-45, which continues the in the episode of Joseph’s reunion...

Bible-Reading Plan

With this year’s class graduating tomorrow and a new class commencing in a few weeks, we’ve been making some changes to the curriculum at the School of Discipleship. With every change and adjustment, we believe that rather than departing from the calling...

Solid Grace

One thing we want our students to come away from the School of Discipleship with is the solid conviction that Paul displays in Titus 2, that God’s grace is real. For Paul, the grace of God is a divine activity which has a real presence in our world. It can be...

Timothy’s Charge

Paul wrote 1 Timothy in order to encourage his young protégé in guarding good doctrine. In 1:3, he tell Timothy that he left him in Ephesus “so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.” The aim of this charge, this charge to...

On Our Knees

  In Daniel chapter 9, Daniel prays for the people of Israel. It is a prayer of repentance, a prayer of confession, and a prayer for deliverance. This makes sense, given where Daniel is– exiled in Babylon, along with all of Judah. The nation of Israel has fallen...

The Price of Forgiveness

No one forgives naturally. One of the things we’ve found to be the case in teaching classes such as Conflict Resolution and Anger Transformation is that our students (just like their sinful instructors) often deal with issues of anger and bitterness because they...

By the mercy of God

In his book Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, Vern Poythress discusses reading the Scripture from three perspectives: the normative, the situational, and the existential. He recommends this way of approaching the Bible for a number of reasons, but the...