Words To The Wise For Your Journey to Godliness

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

When it comes to “godliness” most Christians come up short. Though the word “godly” is only mentioned about 25 times, the whole Bible is a book about godliness. Unfortunately, most evangelical commentators want to reduce its meaning to something like “devotion to God.” I believe its more like “Godlikeness.” For example, “friendliness” is more than a devotion to a friend. … Read More

The Great Need of Christians For Spiritual Fathers

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey4 Comments

Finding a spiritual father has been a life-long goal of mine. One is not easy to find. They hide in solitude and silence. They are simple and unconcerned about publicity. They are among us yet we’re blind to their presence. I’ll not give up my search. However, I may need to adjust my expectations.   [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] My own biological … Read More

An Invitation to Real Apostolic-Like Living

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey4 Comments

From some corners of evangelical Christianity come the cries for apostolic ministry – ministries of authority, physical healing, signs, words of knowledge, prophesy, and the “supernatural.” The desire is for apostolic results. But, what about the apostolic kind of life that goes with it? These results did not come through empty vessels but through men shaped by asceticism, hardship, resistance, … Read More

Trying to Help Those Who Don’t Want Help

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People who have a heart for people desire to help them. Yet, people you care about are not always receptive to your help. What do you do then? When it comes to helping others, it takes two to tango. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] Seeking help is scary and sometimes difficult. To admit you have a problem along with the prospect of personal … Read More

Why Christian Introverts Ought to be Honored Not Denounced

Keith KettenringChristian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey4 Comments

Is how we function as Christians determined by our personality? Perhaps. Adam McHugh, pastor and author of Introverts in the Church, observes: “The evangelical culture ties together faithfulness and extroversion. The emphasis is on community, on participating in more and more programs and events, on meeting more and more people. It’s a constant tension for many introverts that they’re not … Read More

5 Ways To Live More Authentically

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey14 Comments

As I talk with Christians, I often hear them claim things about themselves that are not validated by their life. They know they fall short, but try to convince themselves otherwise. They don’t understand that experiencing the struggle to live a life in Christ is how they are becoming what they claim. They are not there yet. Saying so does … Read More

Starting Out As a Child Is How We Are To End

Keith KettenringBible Insights, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

In one of **Bill Cosby’s first recorded comedy routines, he talks about some experiences of his childhood beginning with the line, “I started out as a child.” The audience erupts in laughter. It’s a funny line because it states the obvious, but normally forgotten, truth. We all start out our lives as children. Spiritually speaking, it’s too bad we don’t … Read More

5 Significant Lessons From Someone “All In”

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

What does it mean to be “all in” with God? If you’re tempted to think you’ve given all to Jesus, be challenged by St. Antony. If you wonder if you can actually live closer to God, be inspired by St. Antony. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] If you are like most people, all you know of St Antony is that he was some … Read More

Presenting A Different Evangelism Program: “Crucifixion Evangelism”

Keith KettenringAncient Paths, Christian Living, Ministry Leaders, The Uncommon Journey2 Comments

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be one of the disciples of Jesus – to hear his words, to see his miraculous works, to walk with him on dirt paths, to eat with him. That all sounds cozy and warm. Yet, I don’t really want to experience what he taught and lived – especially the notion … Read More