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 […]

Where are the Forensic Pneumatologists?

First things first. Let’s define our terms. What is Forensics? At its root, it simply means an argumentative exercise. The plural ‘forensics’ is the art or study of argumentative discourse. Don’t be put off by the negative connotation of the word ‘argumentative,’ because in forensics the outcome is usually for the better. The examination of […]

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 […]

‘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…” […]

What Mission Leaders Want From Church:

Not too long ago, in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, we had a round table of sorts with mission leaders from multiple nearby communities to discuss these three questions: 1. What do you want from ‘church?’     2. What do you think people want from ‘church?’   And…   3. What does Jesus […]

Maybe Christlikeness Isn't What I'm Supposed to be After.

For me, It’s enough of a challenge to do what Christ said to do, better yet to obey, or observe, all he commanded. (Matthew 28:19,20) (John 14:15) (1 John 5:3)  If I were to further pressure myself, at the urging of my own conscience or that of others to ‘become Christlike,’ or to ‘try to […]

What's The Shelf Life Of A Revival Meeting?

I’m sometimes amazed when I look at the expiration dates of batteries.  Some have a  2-3 year shelf life, others more than 10.  I think to myself, “What’s going on inside that battery that keeps its potential energy going for so long?” I know there are chemical reactions inside which build up electrons that are […]

Let The Churches Die, but Keep Making Disciples

What if church, the gathering of God’s people in a particular local, was supposed to be a temporary thing, a seasonal ecosystem that cycled through life and death, or a snapshot of ecclesiastical, historical, and geographical history. I know, ‘church’ is not a place, it’s a people. We all say that, but still act as […]

Plowers, Planters, Waterers, Growers, and Harvesters – Who's Who in God’s Kingdom?

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7) I’ve been thinking  about workers in the harvest. Jesus told his disciples; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers […]

Don't Waste Your Mission, or Disciple Making Time, On Those Who Are Not Interested?

“We must invest everything in the few who will bear fruit. Life is too short and the potential yields are too great to spend our lives babysitting fruitless people.” ~ Neil Cole Recently, I’ve heard a few variations on this idea.  In a nut shell, it’s about Doing Mission, or Making Disciples amongst people who are receptive […]