7 Debilitating Lies Of The ‘Covering Doctrine.’

What is the “Covering Doctrine?”  To put it simply, it’s the doctrine that claims all Christians must be under the authority (covering) of a church leader or mother organization to act with ‘authority,’ be protected from the attacks of the devil, or receive God’s blessings. It came from the shepherding movment of the 70’s which was […]

When ‘Waiting on God’ Just Might be Apostasy – A Missionary’s Perspective

The words “Apostle,” “Apostasy,” and “Resurrection,” could change the way you look at the Mission of God forever!   Here’s why;    Apostle (Apo-Stello) There are over 80 occurrences of the Greek word ‘apostolos’ (apostle) in the NT, mostly in the writings of Luke and Paul. The word is a joining of two ideas; the common prefix ‘apo’ […]

The Ethos of ‘Gathering Together,’ A Hebrews 10:25 Contemplation

In a bit of self-reflection concerning 2016, I took an account of how much ‘gathering’ I’ve done with other believers. I can remember at least a half-dozen times, when ‘humble exhorters’ verbally expressed; based purely on speculation, that I just might be developing a custom or habit of forsaking/neglecting the gathering of myself with the […]

Advent Apologetics Day #11 – Is It Suppose To Hurt?

Modern apologetics tends toward spending more time defending the historic Christian faith… or a perceived one… than demonstrating hope in the present or expressing a future confidence. An advent apologetic sometimes needs to ask “Where does it hurt?” A well reasoned logical argument, an attempt to rationalize the pain of others, or defense of the […]

51 Things You Can Do To Make Mission The Priority Of Your Church – Part I

1.  Dedicate 51% of your entire budget to Missions 2.  Dedicate 51% of your time to mission work 3.  Declassify 51% of what you call ‘ministry,’ and ask yourselves if it qualifies as the Missio Dei. 4.  Sell off 51% of your sound and media equipment used in ’worship,’ and use it to support international […]

Advent Apologetics Day #10 – Unable to Cope

Some would think that the attitude of Advent and those often expressed via Apologetics, are at odds with each other.  Advent actions and attitudes are often described with words like patience, waiting, and hope.  Apologetics is often associated with abrasiveness, pompous posturing, and pithy argumentation.   What if we adopted an attitude of Advent in […]

Advent Apologetics Day #9 – Changing Minds?

If repentance = “Changing one’s mind,” and “repentance leads to life” (Acts 11:18, 2 Corinthians 7:10), then changing one’s mind leads to life.   If that’s correct, then the goal of apologetics should be to help others (with the hope) (1 Peter 1:3) change their minds.   The Bible points out that true repentance will […]

Advent Apologetics Day #8 – It’s the Question That Drives Us

“The best responses to the questions people ask us about our faith are not those borrowed from textbooks, logically forced from biblical texts, or based on  some ecclesiastically machined template.  The best ‘defenses are those developed by individuals acting apologetically as they reflect on the questions being asked, the situations of the people asking them, […]

Advent Apologetics Day #7 – The Samaritan Approach

Jesus was the greatest apologist who ever lived.  If there ever was an archetypal model of how we should do apologetics, I believe it was The Christ.  I love Jesus’ questions!  I especially love the ones where he politely checkmates his opponents.  I’ve never thought of the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an apologetics […]

Advent Apologetics Day #6 – Countering Foolishness

Living in the tension between foolishness and wisdom while being amongst others can be a delicate matter, even for the most mature of believers. When tempted to give an answer to asked or unasked questions, prudence decides between: “Not answering a fool according to their folly and becoming like them.” (Proverbs 26:4) and “Answering fools […]