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The Slow Power of Jesus’ Kingdom

Posted on June 16th, 2014

Jesus compared His kingdom to a mustard seed – almost invisible, apparently powerless, defeated, and insignificant. Yet He assures us it will grow into something magnificent that will cover the whole earth (Matthew 13:31-32).

This smallness was a scandal then. It is a scandal today.

In our efforts to copy the ancient great cities of Rome, Athens, and Corinth, and our desire for “real disciples” who aren’t like Peter, James, John, Thomas, and Judas, we end up chasing after goals that aren’t His.

We easily miss His movements.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) is a mustard seed that has rediscovered and applied a few simple biblical truths. For example:

  • Slowing down for loving union with Jesus is the foundation of all  leadership.
  • We are to lead out of a marriage, or our singleness, as a sign and wonder for Christ.
  • Spiritual formation requires we break the sinful patterns of our family of origin and culture and learn to do life differently in the new family of Jesus.
  • Limits are a gift from God to be embraced.
  • Sabbath is an indispensable spiritual formation discipline.

This mustard seed of EHS has spread to over 25 nations without a strategy or plan. We did, however, certify our first group of 29 EHS Consultants recently. This expanded EHS in ways none of us could ever have imagined.

We will be offering our second EHS Consulting cohort on September 18-19. Our goal will be to invest in another small group of people with specific training on how to implement EHS into churches and movements around the world. You may want to consider if God is inviting you to that level of involvement with us.  Go to

My prayer in all this is that we don’t simply do mustard seed things, but that we become a mustard seed in our hearts, taking the required silence and solitude so that we remain attentive to His movements in and around our lives.


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