Mission, The Work of an Evangelist, and Going Beyond Soul Winning

The evangelist is less easy to identify in the New Testament, because almost everyone did the work of evangelism. Philip is the only one actually called an “evangelist” (Acts 21:8)  It often perplexes me how easily evangelism is reduced to ‘soul winning.’ The term “evangelist” comes from the Greek and means “one who announces good […]

3 Questions about Evangelization without Manipulation

What will it take  for evangelicals to dispense with the sort of evangelism that seeks to ‘convert’ others through manipulation, fear, malice, threat, or cleverly camouflaged forms of bribery? What will it take to stop promoting ‘christian’ religion by means, methods, and motives that are contrary to the Spirit of the Gospel? What will it take […]

'Working Out Your Own Salvation' Happens Through Mission.

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) I often hear this verse being misappropriated and see it being misapplied.  To equate this call with mustering up our own sanctification, […]

Acts 14:21 – 'Having Discipled Many,' 'Had Made Many Disciples,' Or..?

“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch… ” (Acts 14:21) I often hear people making the claim that the ‘Making of Disciples’ is not mentioned outside of the great commission. All sorts of wild conclusions are drawn from […]

Hope For A Demon Possessed Boy In The Cloud Forest

In our Discipleship Group last night we spent a lot of time ‘debriefing’ the past month’s mission work in the region.  One of the Pastors shared this story: The phone rings early in the morning, but he doesn’t answer. It rings again and again, he still doesn’t answer. Then came a knock at the door. […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…

  1.  Talking about your “rights” in our country. 2.  Making sure we understand how privileged you are compared to us. 3.  Act like you know more about our country, city, town, or neighborhood, than we do. 4.  Make us feel like we’re getting a free ride, free lunch, or the free offer of the […]

Church 'Frames' Evangelism, or Evangelism 'Frames' Church?

William J. Abraham, author of the book, The Logic of Evangelism and Professor of Theology and Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology poses the following: “A robust ecclesiology is needed to frame the church’s ministry of evangelism.” In other words, a proper understanding of church leads to and fosters an effectual manner of evangelism.  I’m thinking it […]