‘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, […]

7 Things That Mission Workers Can Learn From the Ecuadorean Earthquake.

I was originally going to title this post; “What Short-Term Missionaries Can Learn from the Ecuadorean Earthquake,” but it seemed to narrow.  Whether you do short of long-term mission work, there are some valuable lessons to be learn in disaster relief efforts. As some of you may already know, a 7.8 earthquake that it many […]

Let’s Talk about Un-Intentionality

“Intentionality,” is apparently on it’s second or third loop around Christendom. “The key” to effective ministry, this week anyway, is being intentional.  Intentional in discipleship, intentional in seeking out community, intentional in being… yeah, blah blah blah I can remember hearing Propaganda talk at a Christian conference a few years back where he concluded by […]

What if Missionaries Started Being ‘Done with Church’ Too?

Some of you are probably growing weary about people being ‘done with church.’ But it’s still happening. In fact, In Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch, he recently posted an article called “On Leaving Church,” where he states; “There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not […]

Is Romans 3:19-26 'The Heart of the Gospel?'

“The single passage in all of the Bible that most clearly and completely explains the gospel is Romans 3:19-26. A minister friend of mine calls this passage “The Heart of the Gospel.” This quote comes from ~ Jerry Bridges book, The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness Let’s take a […]

Church and Mission – Idolizing the Archaic vs. Advancing the Cutting Edge.

Re-Emerging Church – Re-Church – Retro Church – Renaissance Church – Reformed Church – Reimagining Church – Recuperating Church – Re-asserting Ancient Faith Church – Re-establishing Church etc. etc. etc. etc. When it comes to ‘church,’ the desire to “get back to the way things used to be,” or the desire to “find out where […]

Aren't All Christians Supposed to Make Disciples, Be Witnesses, and Evangelize?

A notable blog post caught my attention yesterday entitled: “What If Not All Are Called As Disciple Makers? – Part One”  Please read that brief post in its entirety before going on to read the rest of this one. It’s reminiscent of something I read by John M. Frame some time ago. Frame stated: “Christ commands […]

Can 'Discipleship' Happen on Short-Term Mission Trips?

Can “Discipleship” happen on Short-Term Mission Trips? Before answering too quickly, consider these things: “The Great Commission”   “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of […]

'Oh Hey… And While You're Out, Make Some Disciples.'

I had another one of those discussions about the ‘Great Commission’ yesterday where the well intended, but erroneous assumption that The “GO” in Matthew 28:19 really means ‘as you go,’ and should be translated something like this: “As you go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]