I Witnessed A Baptism, and it Made Me Mad as Hell.

Yesterday, while making my rounds in the small community of Mindo-Ecuador, I witnessed a baptism. The folks participating in the baptism were not from Mindo, but from Quito, one of Ecuador’s major cities.  They were using a public swimming area and there was many other activities going on there simultaneously.  They were dressed very well, […]

7 Types of Evangelism to Avoid, and 7 to Embrace

  Types of Evangelism to Avoid 1.  NeedVangelism – Identifying a people or culture’s need and exploiting it so that you can evangelize.  2.  Evandelism – Spraying your version of gospel graffiti, breaking things, disregarding community  3.  CannyVangelism – Tricky, manipulative, bait and switch tactics to trap others into listening to you.  4.  ClingyVangelism – Hanging […]

The Parable of the Sower – Should we Just Let the Birds Come?

The parable of the sower is not supposed to be a critique of the one who sows seed or his agricultural methods.  It’s what happens to the seed afterwards that the parable is concerned with.  Let’s take a quick look: The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside […]

That ‘I’ Might Save Some…

Paul the Apostle, in talking to the people of in the city of Corinth said this: For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the […]

Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, I […]

What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers of […]

The 'Duress' or 'Dark Version' of the Gospel?

Recently, the Huffington Post Religion section made a big deal about the ‘dark version’ of the gospel that has been preached by the ‘establishment’ for the past 1800 years.  It ‘s a quick read, and you can see that article in its entirety here.  The author also states that “Many Christians confuse the idea of […]

Evangelism is more than a set of propositional statements. But, what more?

“Too often the gospel message is presented as a set of propositional statements. While this is true, it is not enough—and it can be misleading.” ~ Bryant L. Myers “Evangelism is good news about a person, not just a set of propositions. The gospel invitation is to a relationship, not just intellectual assent or agreement to […]

Meetings or Mission, Which is the Better Path to Church Unity?

Having recently had multiple encounters with diverse sets of denominational church leaders, I’ve heard an interesting proposition more than once. The proposition is this: “If we could just have more cross-congregational church services/meetings/gatherings, we would have better unity.”   I cringe when I hear that. Not because striving towards unity is a bad thing, but […]

6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, was told she’s got an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, and she’s become angry, impatient, and demanding of a fellow Dr. Arizona Robbins. You see, there are’s only a handful of people in the […]