"But, We live in a fallen world…" Do we really?

After the crucifixion of Christ and His resurrection, those who would lay hold of Christ have “been set free from sin and have become servants of God, producing fruit which leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”  Romans 6:22 “And, we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth […]

Remember the guy who Paul The Apostle "Delivered unto Satan for the destruction of his flesh so that his soul might be saved?"

In a section of the apostle’s letter to the Corinthian church, he deals with a gross example of immorality. A man had become sexually intimate with his stepmother. The church members were not offended by the sordid situation; rather, they gloried in it. Such compromise called for the sternest rebuke. Deliver the offending brother to […]

Kingdom Priorities, Which Comes First? Part II

Yesterday, I asked “which of these, do you think, comes first in God’s Kingdom?”   1. Making Something New. 2. Fixing Something That’s Broken. 3. Making Something Better. We’d invite you to take part in that discussion HERE.     Today, as a follow-up, I’d like to ask: “Based on your choice above, which do […]

Kingdom Priorities, Which Comes First?

The priorities in God’s Kingdom are almost always contrary to human thinking.  Purposefully remaining a bit vague on my part, which of these, do you think, comes first in God’s Kingdom?  Tell us why in the comment section.  1. Making Something New. 2. Fixing Something That’s Broken. 3. Making Something Better.

Are you ever more bothered by the phrase "Church Planting?"

“And this in turn has given rise to the belief that there are no dwarf women, and that dwarves just spring out of holes in the ground!” Gimli – Lord of the rings.   “Church Planting,” is one of those popular phrases in modern day Christianity.  The phrase itself, and propagation certainly rivals any the “movements” […]

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 […]

Developmental and Discipleship Disasters in Missions

      Missions! What a Mess!              I am sure that we are all aware of cases where various forms of development have turned out to be disastrous for the ones being developed. When our good intentions, bring harm to the ones who need help the most, or leave […]