Is 'Listening' The New Holy Grail of Evangelism?

I breezed through this article on the Huffington Post’s religion section last night before I went to bed and it gnawed at my conscience all night.  It’s called “How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye,” and it is a REALLY GOOD article.  But, I think it’s full of bad assumptions and reflects a poor missiology & ecclesiology. […]

Becoming Indigenous

My wife and I were talking about being accepted as “one of their own” in various communities in the cloud forest region of Ecuador. She said, “It’s like we’re becoming indigenous.” My first thought was, “that’s brilliant!” We talked about it for a bit longer and then went on to other topics, but it has […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

Kingdom Theology vs. Church Theology?

I just got an email from Dr. Scot McKnight.  Among other things, it contained this paragraph: I wanted to personally let you know about a local event I am speaking at that will interest you. I speak at lots of conferences and in churches and I have been watching a trend that deeply concerns me because […]

Fighting According to God's Rules of Engagement.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to […]

Does Creed Kill Mission?

In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that “The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality […]