Friday, November 16, 2007


When I first saw this word, Mathetes, I read it as "Mathletes," but apparently it is not a recognition of my (previously unknown to me) prowess in math! All things considered, it was kind of Athanasius contra mundum to drop this upon me, and I will pass the credit up and the award on.

Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. I'd like to take the opportunity to award five other bloggers with this award and badge for acting in the role of a disciple of Christ. These five all share the message in their own creative ways, and I admire them all for what they do.

In the spirit of this award, the rules are simple. Winners of this award must pick five other "disciples" to pass it on to. As you pass it on, I just ask that you mention and provide links for (1)this post as the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ. If you know of other deserving recipients of this award, and would like to start a new string, then please post a link to where you've started in in the comments to this post. I would love for many deserving bloggers to be blessed with this recognition.

For He who has made us disciples, has adopted us as sons. That in and of itself is a reality before which we fall down on our knees and give thanks for such an unwarranted and undeserved gift. Yet, there you have it, and there it is. In particular, I'd like to pass it on to some of the young men who are responding to the call to vocation, may God continue to give you strength to persevere in living out the vocation of love and may He give you spiritual children by the thousands!

With particular gratitude, Obi wan,
who is not blogging, he can be found on the DCF forum

Next, to Zach

and Viking, who is discerning a vocation

Then there are the not so young who are not headed for orders, but have giving their life in service to our Lord.

in particular, Mike and family at Idaho Hicks in Austria

and following the greatest disciple of them all, Aussie Coffee Shop (who has already received the Mathete), and the others on the DCF Ladies web blog ring, especially Lowdenclear, because you have to love a blogger who can come up with this!


  1. Thanks Mark. This is a surprise to receive it again.

  2. W.O.W. Thank you, Mark. This came as a total shock. Thanks for the encouragement this brings.

    God bless!

  3. Hehe! Thanks very much! ;-)
    Though, in fairness, I did find that picture on a different site, so can't really take the credit for it...!