Mission, Selfies, Raising Support, Murder, and Some Other Stuff

A number of years ago, some short-term missionaries and I went to visit a remote unreached community in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Our reception, and that of the Gospel, was astounding. We had laid some groundwork in the area previously, but it was quiet and very much ‘under the radar. ’Having asked for […]

What an Insect Eating Street Dog Taught Me about Discipleship.

I noticed two things when I passed her on the street. First, she was crunching on a katydid, and then there were those eyes! They’re white and penetrating. There are a lot of street dogs here in Mindo. Some of them you see consistently, others don’t make it more than a few days. These strays […]

How Exactly, is One Supposed to ‘Obey the Gospel?’

  The gospel, simply stated, is the ‘good news’ that God has sent his son Jesus Christ into the world in order to reconcile Creator to creation. It is a powerful message (Romans 1:16), that brings salvation.  It is a communiqué that regenerates people’s hearts through the Holy Spirit and renews all of God’s creation as […]

“The Institution of Church,” according to religion anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.”

“The institution of church,” according to Religion Anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.” He makes that forceful claim in his new book, “I love discipleship, I hate church”: A Cultural Analysis, which offers a comprehensive indictment of the institutional church model of today. Many of us who do research and write about discipleship and institutional […]

Evangelism is NOT about GOING to heaven or hell, but about being BROUGHT into Christ’s Kingdom

Any evangelism that has as its expressed objective to “get its audience to heaven” or and evangelist who holds out the prospect of proverbial “pot of gold at the end of a Gospel rainbow,” in whatever terminology it is couched, must immediately be viewed with deep suspicion. Regrettably all too many evangelists have fallen victim to an approach […]

‘But as Many as Received Him’… Did Ali?

“Jesus came to the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to his own people, but his own people did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” […]

Towards A Gospel Based Ecclesiology

The word ‘Ecclesiology’ comes from two Greek words meaning “assembly” and “word,” and combining them to mean, “the study of the church.” At least that’s the most common definition.  I’d suggest that it might be better understood by combining the words “assembly” and “word” (logos) so that the meaning would be significantly changed from “the […]

Helping Institutional Church Implode, So We Can Start From Scratch

An implosion is simply the opposite of an explosion. In an explosion, matter and energy fly outward, but in an implosion, matter and energy collapse inward. All implosions will need some sort of pressure from the outside pushing in to cause the object to collapse. Articles like this one: “Another Mega Church Implodes” Are not […]

Which of These 3 Views on Mission and The Church Do You Hold To?

For a very long time, Christians said, “The Church has a mission.”  They believed it so firmly that they sought to build bigger buildings and better programs to have more effective mission.  The local church, or so it was assumed,  would be the springboard to reach the world.  Build a church, attract people to it, make […]

‘Unskilled’ Short-Term Missionaries?

I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. I have been on the field for over 10 years. As some of you may know, Ecuador has suffered a barrage of earthquakes recently where hundreds have been killed, thousands injured, and many more displaced.  The aid response has been incredible. Many […]