‘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 […]

7 Things That Mission Workers Can Learn From the Ecuadorean Earthquake.

I was originally going to title this post; “What Short-Term Missionaries Can Learn from the Ecuadorean Earthquake,” but it seemed to narrow.  Whether you do short of long-term mission work, there are some valuable lessons to be learn in disaster relief efforts. As some of you may already know, a 7.8 earthquake that it many […]

Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

Insanity, according to Albert Einstein; is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ is one of those same things.  ‘The Pastorate’ is usually made up of a select group of professionals who have met the requirements of a particular denomination or group, have gone to seminary, been ordained, […]

The Language and Behavior of Conquest and Colonialism in Missions

It is essential, in my view, to abandon altogether the talk of “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the Kingdom,” “building the Kingdom,” “transforming the world,” “reclaiming the culture,” “reforming the culture,” and “changing the world.”  Christians need to leave such language behind them because it carries too much weight.  It implies conquest, take-over, or dominion, which […]

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 […]

Of Ordinary and Extraordinary Missions and Missionaries.

John Gill, (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian.  Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his […]

The 'Deacon Language' of the New Testament is a Language of Mission.

To have a heart of  deacon-ship means to have a heart filled with the love of Christ, humbly serving others in a way that you see Christ in them, and they see Christ at work in you and in your mission. “And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, […]

Can 'Discipleship' Happen on Short-Term Mission Trips?

Can “Discipleship” happen on Short-Term Mission Trips? Before answering too quickly, consider these things: “The Great Commission”   “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of […]

'Oh Hey… And While You're Out, Make Some Disciples.'

I had another one of those discussions about the ‘Great Commission’ yesterday where the well intended, but erroneous assumption that The “GO” in Matthew 28:19 really means ‘as you go,’ and should be translated something like this: “As you go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]

That ‘I’ Might Save Some…

Paul the Apostle, in talking to the people of in the city of Corinth said this: For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the […]