Can’t I Just Be The Warrior Prophet That God Wants Me To Be?

I’ll have to admit that I get a little stirred up when others say “how” my prophetic gift should be practiced. Some say that the Old Testament models of Prophets are no longer valid. In part, I agree. Mostly because I would probably have been stoned by now for saying something which didn’t come to […]

When It Comes to Apostles and Prophets for Today, We're Still Asking the Wrong Questions.

As to determining whether or not apostles or prophets exist today, I think we have to answer some fundamental questions beforehand: These are examples of questions everyone’s answering but few are asking:

 1.  Aren’t Apostles directly appointed and authorized by Jesus Christ to be His immediate representatives on earth? (Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; Acts 1:2, […]

Missional, Yes… But Still Missionary-ish Too.

There is a measure heat generated between the many who are embracing missional thinking and those who hold to a more historic or classical missionary mind-set. It’s something that acknowledged silently within both groups, but not usually discussed in “mixed” circles. The missional folks say that “we have much to learn from our cross-cultural missionaries,” […]

Apostolic Discipleship – Part II, A Gospel Exercise.

In Part 1 of this series, I said that in my opinion, “the gospel itself has characteristically apostolic, prophetic, didactic, evangelistic, and pastoral components or elements.”  If you’d like to go back and read that short post before continuing this exercise, then click here.  I promise to give a thorough explanation as to how I […]

The Dog Ate My Short-Term Missions Homework.

Have you done your Short-Term Missions Homework? A “Forward Observer” is a military term describing a soldier who is acutely aware of the position and movements of friendly troops as well as those of opposing forces. They see the lay of the land and report where advances can be made.  Observers usually work independently for […]

Maybe Luke 10 Isn't The Best 'Missional' Text.

Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.  And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into […]

When Churches and Pastors Reject Mission

A man leaves a small village and starts his journey to Quito, Ecuador.  He has to walk for 8 hours, catch a small plane for a two-hour flight, and then get on a bus for 10 hours.  He arrives at the big city and begins searching for someone to take up the work he’s been […]

'Redundant Foundations…' are the reason Apostles & Prophets don't exist today?

The construction of the church necessitated the foundational work Apostles & Prophets. When referring to God’s household, the church, Paul wrote: “…having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Premise 1 – While the work of evangelists and pastor/teachers is important, only the […]

Ephesians 4:11 – Who's Sent?

Apostles, Prophets, and Evangelists go out on mission, Pastors and Teachers are supposed to stay put.  At least that’s the sentiment of many within the church.  Actually, it’s quite a hurdle to get people to accept that there are indeed still Apostles, and Prophets walking around.  I try to make it easier or more palatable […]

Discipleship Group – We're Going Mobile!

What is “Discipleship Group?”  Check out THIS POST and then come back.  Welcome back! We’ve been waiting for this.  We haven’t wanted to force or impose our desire do reproduce what’s been taking place in our home in other communities.  It is, however happening quite naturally.  I like to think of it as “Church on […]