The author is working his way through an acrostic, based on the word "GROW" as it relates to making disciples and Christian life. In the previous column he discussed the letter"G" which stands for "getting closer to God". In this column he deals with "R" which stands for "renovation of the heart". "This part of discipleship has to do with matters of character and the inner life. It has to do with the type of person we are becoming as we seek to follow Jesus more intentionally and more faithfully." "An important part of the good news of the gospel is that God loves us so much he accepts us just as we are. .... An equally important part of the good news is that God loves us so much he has no intention of leaving us as he found us. The Christian life is about change, and a large part of this change is personal transformation -- `renovation of the heart'." "The goal here is not perfection; it is growth. We want to become, and to help others become, more and more like Jesus in thought, character, attitude, behavior and purpose. It is this ongoing transformation -- this renovation of the heart -- that is proof of God's presence and work in our lives. Congregations that help their people to grow in this way truly bring glory to God. They are magnetic; these are the types of congregations that people want to be part of".