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 #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 #5 – It’s Humane

An Advent Apologetic is one that speaks to the entire person. It speaks to the intellect, emotion, imagination, and experience. Make one of these the primary goal of apologetics at the expense of the others and your ‘apology’ will crumble and you will take down the hopeless with you. Apologetics can no longer be about […]

Advent Apologetics Day #4 – Christ Conquered Chaos

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)  This verse is not about apologetics.  Unfortunately many use it to justify their chaotic and abrasive approach to it.  We’ll eventually get to everyone’s favorite apologetics verse, 1 Peter 3:15, […]

Advent Apologetics Day #3 – Helpless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless

One of the families we were happy to meet and serve during last year’s Christmas Basket Project in a community where the Gospel was not known.  “If your apologetic isn’t rooted in hope, then it’s just an argument from malice.” Advent Apologetics is about hope for the helpless.     Dietrich Bonhoeffer said; “A prison […]

Advent Apologetics Day #2 – Living and Searching Together

Each day, during Advent, I’ll be posting a short article relating two things; Apologetics and Advent.  This is the second part in the series. I’d invite you to read the first part here. It might seem odd, but I believe Advent and Apologetics do fit well together. Yesterday, I said that I would proceed on […]

Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

Why ‘Christian Accountability’ Fails to Make Disciples.

‘The great Christian apologist C. S. Lewis wrote that the word he detested most was ‘interference.’ “Interference occurs when someone sticks his nose in your business. However, that’s precisely what discipleship is all about. If you want to grow in a meaningful way, you not only must tolerate another person’s intimate knowledge of you, you […]