Avoiding the Guilt of Non-Discipleship by Ignoring Those Who Do… In Honor of Kevin

“Now, I’m not saying this to seek pity. I actually noticed something else I think is much more significant than being left out.” These were some of the last words sent to me by my friend Kevin who passed yesterday. Allow me to give a little context and change some names so as not to […]

Disembodied Discipleship

Discipleship demands that Christians reduce the distance between themselves and others and follow the living Jesus of the Gospel narratives into costly solidarity with those whom society oppresses and neglects, with “the outcasts, the suspects … the reviled. To create a safe distance between yourselves and those you intend to ‘disciple’ is to disembody yourself […]

Are You Unruly?

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) NASB I don’t know about you, but it bristles me to have the word ‘unruly’ tossed at me or others who are not ‘disorderly’ ‘unruleable’ ‘disruptive’ or ‘amenable to discipline or control.’ Granted, I may […]

And When the Gentiles Heard The Gospel… WHAT GOSPEL???

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.” (Acts 13:48,49) Before getting into the point of this blog, I think it’s important to unpack these […]

The Final Word on Whether or not All Christians are Missionaries

I’ve seen this thought make it’s rounds on social media and the like again recently. It’s hip to say that “Every Christian is a Missionary,” or “Every Christian ‘ought to be’ a missionary,” or even, when addressing our own audiences, “We are all missionaries.” but look at the following proposition;   “If God is a […]

Which of These 10 Types of Missionaries Are You?

There are lots of different kinds of missionaries.  The wonderfully diverse nature of God and His infinitely creative design move people to mission with Him in peculiar ways unto the reconciliation of all things.  (Colossians 1:20) This is not hard science and is not for the purposes of peg holing people into a role, but […]

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 […]

“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 […]

‘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 […]

We can’t Make Disciples like Jesus Did.

It’s not odd to hear someone say, “If you’re going to  make disciples, you should make them like Jesus did.  At first thought, it almost makes perfect sense until we realize that we can’t. While there may be some who have actually left their homes, vocations, and families, chosen a dozen followers who would also leave their homes, […]