Christian discipleship is caught in a ransomware trap. The symptoms of the hack are numerous, a few examples being: the rise of the Nones & Dones, the passivation of believers, skepticism about Jesus’s atonement and the rejection of biblical truth claims.

The symptoms are not actually the problem. We have to get to the root causes, which are some beloved traditions dating back to the 3rd century. What are these traditions that silence, shun or slough off discipleship? How is it that they come across as good and right and normal in Christian community? Do we stick with the culture and traditions we have today and hope it all gets better, or is it time to rethink and reform discipling? All of this is on you, the leaders of Christian communities. Welcome to the Disciple Dilemma.

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A disciple was living out his dream job: flying fighter jets. Eight years in, a heart defect shuts down his military career. Switching into the business world he helps turn around struggling companies and their leadership.

And an eerie thing came to light: the issues that impair employees and the performance of distressed commercial firms also haunt the history of the Church – and modern Western discipleship. But those symptoms aren’t the problem. What’s behind all that? Welcome to The Disciple Dilemma – and leadership’s vital role in countering it!

A six-time Chief Executive Officer specializing in “turnarounds” for Wall Street backed corporations, Dennis has spoken at Universities, churches and conferences focusing on leadership and discipleship. He has been the featured speaker on CBN, Faith Radio, InContext, Focus Today, The Bill Martinez Show, The Pat Williams Power Hour and many others. Dennis serves in businesses and charities, as well as his roles in churches of all sizes – megas, mids and startups – as an elder, deacon and teacher.

A combat-rated Air Force F-15 fighter pilot, and an alumnus of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, Dennis lives with his bride Karen in the Washington DC area.


The Disciple Dilemma


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A Discipleship Foreign to the West

Ervin Budiselić, a Professor at the Biblical Institute Zagreb is sponsoring a five-year project investigating Christian discipleship. His project  integrates history with modern practice and draws on the work of pastors, missionaries, university and seminary scholars

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What We’ve Been Up To…

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO… Invited as a contestant for the 2022 “Illumination” award by The Jenkins Group Book Reviewers. The Disciple Dilemma has passed 185,000 reach 2022 YTD! INTERVIEWS & PODCASTS December: “The Universe

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  • CBN’s “Faith versus Culture” with Billy Hallowell interviews Dennis about the state of Western discipleship
  • Cherie Harder, President of The Trinity Forum in Washington DC joins Dennis to talk about society and culture on The Disciple Dilemma
  • Pastor and Professor Curtis Chang joins Dennis & Raymond to discuss his work at “Redeeming Babel” on The Disciple Dilemma
  • Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven College talks with Dennis & Raymond about his new book “Opportunity Leadership” on The Disciple Dilemma.
  • “Exploring the Marketplace” with Shawn Bolz interviews Dennis about being a CEO and a disciple
  • From Munich Germany – Pastor John Snyder joins Dennis & Raymond to talk about disciples and disciple making in Western Europe
  • ER Surgeon Dr. Mike Shaffner and Dennis meet in Atlanta to talk about making disciples in med school on The Disciple Dilemma
  • Entrepreneur Nick Westbrook talks about discipleship and business on The Disciple Dilemma
  • SEBTS seminary professor Chuck Lawless joins Dennis & Raymond to talk about “11 Obstacles to Discipleship” on The Disciple Dilemma
  • “What’s Discipleship Like in Eastern Europe?” with Matej Sakec of The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia and Marko Romanjik from Zagreb on The Disciple Dilemma
  • Episode 2: “Discipling: An Aussie Talks About the Brits with an American” – Pastor and teacher Tash Edwards on The Disciple Dilemma
  • “Making Disciples in Europe” with CRU’s leaders – Nolan Sharp (Zagreb) and Andrzej Zobolatny (Warsaw) on The Disciple Dilemma
  • Dennis delivers “Discipleship” Keynote lecture at Trinity College Chapel
  • “The Re-forming of Apologetics and Discipleship” with a soon-to-be-confirmed special guest on The Disciple Dilemma
  • “Apologetics and Discipleship” with author, pastor and president of the C.S. Lewis Society – Mike Sherrard live from Atlanta
  • “Simply Stories” podcast with Emily Humphries from Nashville interviews Dennis about The Disciple Dilemma
  • “The Universe Next Door” with Dr. Tom Woodward and Nick Shalna, with Apologetics.org from Tampa, FL kicks off their discipleship series interviewing Dennis about discipling in the West