If you're Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one, […]

Concerning Christian Missions, Which is Better?

When speaking on Christian Missions, Paul G. Hiebert says that “Western cultures highly value order, thus strictly protect hierarchy, are time-oriented, and seek rational explanations for problems in the world. Other cultures emphasize relationship, thus are more flexible with schedules, know how to handle ambiguity, and are less focused on technique.” Is one really better […]

Theology and Theophilus

Luke was the author of the gospel by the same name and also the book of Acts in the bible. He addresses them to Theophilus, or by meaning of the name, “Friend of God.” I’m not always good at being a friend. In fact, I prefer to be alone most times. In that sense, it […]

No, of course not, there's no hierarchy in the Church, but… There's a 'Divine Order.'

Found this quote today: “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…” (1 Corinthians 12:28). This does not describe a hierarchy, but a divine order. Apostles are first in that order.”   I have seen this work itself out in various ways, but I suspect that the author of […]

When Churches and Pastors Reject Mission

A man leaves a small village and starts his journey to Quito, Ecuador.  He has to walk for 8 hours, catch a small plane for a two-hour flight, and then get on a bus for 10 hours.  He arrives at the big city and begins searching for someone to take up the work he’s been […]

A Couple of Quotes about The Church That You're Going to Want to Read

Here are a couple of quotes by Abraham Kuyper on the Church.  But first allow me to introduce him to you.    Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch politician, journalist, statesman and theologian. He founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party and was prime minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905. Theologically Kuyper has also been very influential.  Some […]

Training Every Believer For Mission, Not Just Pastoral Care For Congregations

Today, my friend Marty, on his blog “CHOSENREBEL’S BLOG,” reposted an article written back in February of 2011.  It’s titled; “LESLIE NEWBIGIN’S RADICAL INSIGHT INTO SEMINARY CURRICULA.”  The Thesis of the article is;  Seminaries are not Structured to Deliver the Right Kind of Graduate for the Mission of the Church.  You can read the complete […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]

Am I Imposing My Giftings, Emphasis, Context, and Mission On You?

A friend recently asked me if it was possible that I was imposing my emphasis in God’s mission on others. It’s a hard-hitting question that, I admit, has caused me to think. Am I suffering from “My” myopia? Am I, in a sense, one of those who is placing heavy and unnecessary burdens on people? […]

The Hypocrite I'm Standing Next To Is Me.

Yes, I tend to judge others more severely than myself.  My reactions are less knee-jerk and more jerk.  My hypocrisy is not so easily swept aside by my rehearsed mantra, “I’m not perfect, and I have problems, sins, and short-comings just like everyone else.”  I’m much more apt to grant myself leniency than my neighbor […]