Another Look on Whether or not All Christians are Missionaries

It’s hip to say that “Every Christian is a Missionary,” or “Every Christian ‘ought to be’ a missionary,” or even, when in our own predisposed contexts say; “We are all missionaries.” but look at the following proposition; “If God is a missionary God, and we are created in His image, then the people of God […]

If You Build it God’s Way, They Won’t Come

Every missionary by necessity comes to a place in their calling where they must decide whether or not to sell their birthright for a crappy cup of soup. By ‘birthright,’ I mean the reason why they become a missionaries in the first place. Let’s talk about that for a minute… Did you become a missionary […]

We Missionaries Broke The Church, and We’re Sorry…

First off, I am a missionary and have participated in ‘mission activities’ with hundreds of other missionaries. On my behalf, I apologize for breaking the church, and as with any sincere apology, I have sought repentance and continue to do so. How have I broken the Church? By preaching a broken gospel which creates broken […]

The Ethos of ‘Gathering Together,’ A Hebrews 10:25 Contemplation

In a bit of self-reflection concerning 2016, I took an account of how much ‘gathering’ I’ve done with other believers. I can remember at least a half-dozen times, when ‘humble exhorters’ verbally expressed; based purely on speculation, that I just might be developing a custom or habit of forsaking/neglecting the gathering of myself with the […]

51 Things You Can Do To Make Mission The Priority Of Your Church – Part I

1.  Dedicate 51% of your entire budget to Missions 2.  Dedicate 51% of your time to mission work 3.  Declassify 51% of what you call ‘ministry,’ and ask yourselves if it qualifies as the Missio Dei. 4.  Sell off 51% of your sound and media equipment used in ’worship,’ and use it to support international […]

Disembodied Discipleship

Discipleship demands that Christians reduce the distance between themselves and others and follow the living Jesus of the Gospel narratives into costly solidarity with those whom society oppresses and neglects, with “the outcasts, the suspects … the reviled. To create a safe distance between yourselves and those you intend to ‘disciple’ is to disembody yourself […]

When Another Missionary Comes to Town

If you’re a missionary who’s ‘staked out your claim,’ what do you do when another missionary comes to town? I’m being mostly sarcastic with that question. I say ‘mostly,’ but long-term missionaries can appreciate the seriousness of it. If you’re a missionary and have been working in a particular region or community for some time, […]

What’s So Wrong with Calling the Church to End its Temple-ish Behavior?

*This is an updated post from March 2015* “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” (sarcasm) Andy Stanley The megachurch pastor was passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called it to be, or better yet forward to what […]

Mission, Selfies, Raising Support, Murder, and Some Other Stuff

A number of years ago, some short-term missionaries and I went to visit a remote unreached community in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Our reception, and that of the Gospel, was astounding. We had laid some groundwork in the area previously, but it was quiet and very much ‘under the radar. ’Having asked for […]

Which of These 3 Views on Mission and The Church Do You Hold To?

For a very long time, Christians said, “The Church has a mission.”  They believed it so firmly that they sought to build bigger buildings and better programs to have more effective mission.  The local church, or so it was assumed,  would be the springboard to reach the world.  Build a church, attract people to it, make […]