God Directed Deviations, A blog on faith, life, church and mission.

This blog has had its most active week since I began writing it.  Thanks to all of you who comment and check back frequently.  The posts that received the most attention are as follows: E-phesians 4:11, E-ministry for E-quipping The Church Through Social Media? We can’t Make Disciples like Jesus Did. Luke 10 and “The Woman of […]

Just because you feel Offended, doesn't mean you've been Offended.

To paraphrase Carly Simon: “You’re so vain You probably think this post is about you You’re so vain I’ll bet you think this post is about you Don’t you? Don’t you?” To whomever reads this, it’s not about you, unless you make it about you. Which brings me to the point.  It seems Christians are […]

WWJD, WDJD, or "What Jesus Said We Would Do?"

The phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the actions of the adherents. After that motto […]

Luke 10 and "The Woman of Peace." Got a Problem with That?

“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ “If a woman of peace is there, your peace will rest on her; but if not, it will return to you.”   Does that rendition of Luke 10:5,6 cause you to take pause? Why? In developing a community of faith or church planting, one of the key […]

E-phesians 4:11, E-ministry for E-quipping The Church Through Social Media?

~ And He gave some as E-postles, E-prophets, E-vangelists, E-pastors, and E-teachers  for the E-quipping of the saints for the work of service and E-difying the body of Christ. ~   Ephesians 4:11,12 E-Ministry to an E-generation? ~ “If Facebook were a physical nation, it would now be the third-most populous on earth.”[1]   If we included all […]

The De-communitization of the Gospel – Part II

“It’s not an immunity disease, it’s a community disease.” In the first part of this series, I said that: “Individual christian maturity is a theological impossibility apart from community sanctification.”  Being in church is not necessarily being in community with others.  It certainly can be, but have you ever thought that the time, both before and after the “church service,” was […]

The De-communitization of the Gospel.

 “The American gospel is predominantly activist rather than contemplative and usually moves toward individualism rather than community.” [1]       Rugged individuality is touted as a classically North American trait.  Our history is full of those, whom we would count as heroes for acts of valor, sacrifice, and leadership.  The church, sadly is the same. […]

Top 10 Quotes from the Verge Conference 2012 ~ Pre-Conference

  These are the top 10 quotes from the 2012 Verge Conference ~ Pre-Conference.  Their position reflects the numebr of views and comments on the facebook Making Disciple’s Page.  All posts there are also fed over to twitter via @Missionaries.  Today, the Livestream starts in less than an hour.  Feel free to “like” the Making […]

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor-Teachers – Characteristics not Gifts?

I have always heard the Ephesians 4:11 Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and pastor-Teachers, referred to “gifts.”  Leadership gifts, Spiritual gifts, Ministry gifts, and even “gifts of office.”  But, I fail to see where and how these can be referred to as gifts. In the New American Standard Bible, Ephesians 4:11 reads, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, […]

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 […]