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Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

40Blaise Pascal, Pensees and The Provincial Letters, translated by W.F. Trotter (New York: Random House, 1941).

41James Houston, The Transforming Friendship (Batavia, IL: Lion Publishing, 1989).

42Dan Montgomery, Beauty in the Stone: How God Sculpts You into the Image of Christ (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1996) x.

43Cloud and Townsend, How People Grow, 265, 269.

44This is recommended in Juan Carlos Ortiz’s book, Call to Discipleship (Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1975).

45See Barna, Growing True Disciples, ch. 10.

46Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Preaching (Conference Tape Series, Saddleback Community Church).

47For example, see Gary L. McIntosh, Three Generations: Riding the Waves of Change in Your Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell, 1999).

48James W. Fowler, Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981).

49For example, see Harvey F. Silver, Richard W. Strong, & Matthew J Perini, So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2000).

50Willard, Divine Conspiracy, 418.

51Siang-Yang Tan & Douglas H. Gregg, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit: How to Connect to the Spirit’s Power and Presence (Grand Rapids, MI: ZondervanPublishingHouse, 1997) 8.

52Barna, How Churches Grow, 94.

53Philip Yancey, Reaching for the Invisible God (Grand Rapids, MI: ZondervanPublishihngHouse, 2000) 42.

54Cornelius Platinga, Jr., Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995) xiii.

55M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled, 280.

This article was first presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies which was held March 11-13, 2004 at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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Category: Ministry, Pneuma Review, Spring 2011

About the Author: Stephen Lim, M.Div. and D.Min (Fuller Theological Seminary), is Professor Emeritus at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. His article, “Why You Need A Savior,” was selected by the Evangelical Press Association as the second best article on evangelism published in 2009. He is presently working on a book, “Transforming Believers into Growing Disciples.”

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