Gospel, Evangelism, and Discipleship Tweaking

Adjustments, tweaking, and nuancing: “The Gospel” “Evangelism” and “Discipleship (Making Disciples)” Is it necessary? Tweaking these things is common place in the church today.  Methods, manners, and modes of bringing Jesus and His message to the masses seem to be a string of unending combinations or equations which look to unlock a presumed set of […]

New Town, Christians in Crisis, and Firm Foundations

In our Church Planting / Disciple Making strategy (I consider the 2 synonymous) in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, I was recently approached with a scenario that I find provoking.  In a nut shell: I work very closely with local pastors.  One came to me and said that there is a town (let’s call […]

God's word will not return void… Unless your vocabulary is deficient?

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far […]

Church Planting in Microclimates, Microcultures, And Microspheres

The tendency of the church, in working to fulfill the Great Commission has been towards extended seasons of opportunity, larger cultures, and ever increasing spheres of influence.  This is not wrong.  Preaching the gospel to every creature requires that we consistently push outward from our principle spheres of influence,  from Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.  Acts 1:8 The assumption […]

Apologetics is not about "Defending the Faith."

  The theological field of apologetics is exalted by most within Christendom and challenged by many outside of it.  Great strides have been taken by the church to raise up “defenders of the faith.”  Debating others in public on the truths of Christianity has become a spectator sport.  Many bare the title “Apologist,” or are […]

Just because you feel Offended, doesn't mean you've been Offended.

To paraphrase Carly Simon: “You’re so vain You probably think this post is about you You’re so vain I’ll bet you think this post is about you Don’t you? Don’t you?” To whomever reads this, it’s not about you, unless you make it about you. Which brings me to the point.  It seems Christians are […]

Why We Call it, "Discipleship Group."

Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in a small town in the middle of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, people from surrounding communities gather for what we call, “Discipleship Group.” There is a core group of attendees, an “inner circle” if you will, but we’ve seen folks come from all over the world. The group in this […]

When Community Must Be Broken

  As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.  Titus 3:10 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. Romans 16:17 Now […]

Must We Promote Ourselves to More Effectively Promote Christ?

I MUST INCREASE, so that He may increase! The reasoning goes something like this… If I know I have important things to say and I am going to get others to listen to me, then they have to want to listen to me.  In order for them to want to listen to me, I have to be […]

Is The Great Commission the Catalyst for all Ministry in the NT?

  What if the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19,20 , was the Catalyst for all Ministry in the New Testament?  What if every other ministerial function in Church found its genealogy in Going, Making Disciples, Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that Christ commanded? What […]