And When the Gentiles Heard The Gospel… WHAT GOSPEL???

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.” (Acts 13:48,49) Before getting into the point of this blog, I think it’s important to unpack these […]

Which of These 10 Types of Missionaries Are You?

There are lots of different kinds of missionaries.  The wonderfully diverse nature of God and His infinitely creative design move people to mission with Him in peculiar ways unto the reconciliation of all things.  (Colossians 1:20) This is not hard science and is not for the purposes of peg holing people into a role, but […]

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 […]

What an Insect Eating Street Dog Taught Me about Discipleship.

I noticed two things when I passed her on the street. First, she was crunching on a katydid, and then there were those eyes! They’re white and penetrating. There are a lot of street dogs here in Mindo. Some of them you see consistently, others don’t make it more than a few days. These strays […]

“The Institution of Church,” according to religion anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.”

“The institution of church,” according to Religion Anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.” He makes that forceful claim in his new book, “I love discipleship, I hate church”: A Cultural Analysis, which offers a comprehensive indictment of the institutional church model of today. Many of us who do research and write about discipleship and institutional […]

Evangelism is NOT about GOING to heaven or hell, but about being BROUGHT into Christ’s Kingdom

Any evangelism that has as its expressed objective to “get its audience to heaven” or and evangelist who holds out the prospect of proverbial “pot of gold at the end of a Gospel rainbow,” in whatever terminology it is couched, must immediately be viewed with deep suspicion. Regrettably all too many evangelists have fallen victim to an approach […]

‘Unskilled’ Short-Term Missionaries?

I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. I have been on the field for over 10 years. As some of you may know, Ecuador has suffered a barrage of earthquakes recently where hundreds have been killed, thousands injured, and many more displaced.  The aid response has been incredible. Many […]

We can’t Make Disciples like Jesus Did.

It’s not odd to hear someone say, “If you’re going to  make disciples, you should make them like Jesus did.  At first thought, it almost makes perfect sense until we realize that we can’t. While there may be some who have actually left their homes, vocations, and families, chosen a dozen followers who would also leave their homes, […]

Let’s Talk about Un-Intentionality

“Intentionality,” is apparently on it’s second or third loop around Christendom. “The key” to effective ministry, this week anyway, is being intentional.  Intentional in discipleship, intentional in seeking out community, intentional in being… yeah, blah blah blah I can remember hearing Propaganda talk at a Christian conference a few years back where he concluded by […]

What if Missionaries Started Being ‘Done with Church’ Too?

Some of you are probably growing weary about people being ‘done with church.’ But it’s still happening. In fact, In Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch, he recently posted an article called “On Leaving Church,” where he states; “There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not […]