Theology and Theophilus

Luke was the author of the gospel by the same name and also the book of Acts in the bible. He addresses them to Theophilus, or by meaning of the name, “Friend of God.” I’m not always good at being a friend. In fact, I prefer to be alone most times. In that sense, it […]

No, of course not, there's no hierarchy in the Church, but… There's a 'Divine Order.'

Found this quote today: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…” (1 Corinthians 12:28). This does not describe a hierarchy, but a divine order. Apostles are first in that order.”   I have seen this work itself out in various ways, but I suspect that the author of […]

Who Mentors the Missionary?

“Be careful with people who are quick to mentor, but lack one themselves.”   This cautionary proverb was written on a friends Facebook wall today, and I’ll have to admit, it got to me.  It got to me because I don’t think I have one.  A mentor that is.  At least not in the same […]

To Hell With Integrity?

Today’s Guest Blog Post by: Claudia Labrador I am not a famous blogger.  In fact, I am nobody, really.  But I have a bone to pick with famous bloggers who make their living being controversial at the expense of hurting others, and then making light of it by hiding behind all of the comments from […]

UX vs. UI In The Modern Church

I’ll have to admit that I’ve been a little slow on the uptake.  I’ve just noticed that many tech companies, web designers, and even social media outlets have stopped using the designation UI (User Interface) and switched to UX (User Experience).  While they’re still debating, or defining those terms and how they apply to their […]

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 […]

Does One Verse A Pulpit Make?

Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose of reading and explaining the Law.  And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam on his left hand. (Nehemiah 8:4)  The rest of the […]

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 […]

Did you know that the word "mission" is completely missing from the New Testament?

Did you know that the word “mission” is completely missing from the New Testament?  Even when the NASB uses the term in Acts 12:25, “And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark,” it’s really not the word “mission.”  What does […]

A Missiorganic View of the Church

“Missiorganic” It’s a strange word, I know, but bear with me. Some seek to define the Church by what it once was, others as by what it currently is, and some, by what it will be, or is becoming. I think that there’s a host of genuine conversations and questions that are being had and […]