The Benjamin Button Church Fallacy

There’s a tendency to hold that the early church must have been the most accurate in its doctrines. That tendency is often matched by the desire to force a pet contemporary theology into the early church framework. I see a couple of problems here, but I’ll ask these question first: Is the church’s understanding of […]

‘But as Many as Received Him’… Did Ali?

“Jesus came to the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to his own people, but his own people did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” […]

Is Healthy Sexploration Still Possible?

I was reading this article today where I found the following quote; “The proliferation and globalization of hypersexualized imagery and pornographic themes makes healthy sexual exploration almost impossible.” I made me ask myself;  “Have I contributed to making ‘healthy’ sexual exploration (sexploration) impossible in the relationships I have had?”  I suppose that porn viewing or […]

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 […]

'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 […]

Christian! Shut Up When You're Ad Homineming Me!

In the movie “Wedding Crashers” yeah, don’t ask, there’s a classic line; “You Shut Your Mouth When You’re Talking To Me!” I feel like a deflated football when crucial theological conversations are co-opted by the intellectually immoral and ‘Ad Hominem’ users. Wait! What??? What does ‘Ad Hominem’ even mean? Okay, Fair enough… It’s a logical fallacy […]

Missional vs. Missionary Movements – Which Will Prevail?

Hugh Halter once said; “We should get rid of the term ‘missional’ and use something more on the lines of ‘missionary-ish’ to get people to think more about being missionaries in their neighborhoods as a ‘better’ definition of ‘missional’.” He also said; “Just stop using the term (Missional). It’s too vague and too many people […]

'Where there is no vision, the people perish.' Yeah… Umm… About That

Last night, after a few hours of discussing “what kills mission” in our Discipleship Group, one said that it was “important to remember that when it comes to mission, you need vision, because ‘where there is no vision, the people perish.’” It struck me as a bit off, but then we sang together and prayed. […]

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 […]