If Everything is Gospel, then Nothing is Gospel

Jerry Ranking, former president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, once said, “In reality, if missions is everything, then it is nothing.”   Is it possible to apply the same philosophy to source of mission?  Can we say of the gospel that “if everything is gospel, then nothing is gospel?   Let’s […]

14 Shifts In Disciple Making – Free on Kindle Today

“14 Shifts in Disciple Making & A Framework” – Today, this Dynamic E-Booklet is free on Kindle.  Get it Amazon Right Now  I call it an E-booklet because, frankly, it’s short.  I also call it Dynamic, because it’s not going to stay that way.  One of my colleagues said that I was embarking on a […]

Is There More to Jesus' Commands than Commandments? What About The Gospel?

Jesus was an evangelist.  He brought a message from the Father.  He informed the people beforehand that he would do so. Behold, I send My messenger [John the Baptist], and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, […]

Can't We Just Stick to the Word "Disciple?"

Apprentice, Christ-Follower, Trainee, Adherent, Attendant, Student, Learner, Proselyte, Cohort, Convert, or Devotee, how many of these synonyms have been used to replace the biblical concept of a disciple?  The reasoning is that the word “disciple,” is laden with baggage and other things too difficult to understand. John 6:64-71 You can be all of those things above […]


A Gospel Contrary to That Which You’ve Received. About 2000 years ago in the highlands of central Anatolia in modern Turkey, the region of Galatia, was visited by St. Paul of Tarsus and two others named Silas and Timothy (Acts 16:6) It appears as though the only reason they stopped there was because Paul took […]

Oh Hell! Forget it… It's all those other places that concern me.

Let’s just assume for a moment that Hell doesn’t or won’t exist as an eternal place of torment for those that reject God. Big assumption, I know, but bear with me… Likewise, let’s assume that all of these “other” places mentioned in the Bible do exist: 1. The place that was prepared for the devil […]

What Was Your Convert to Disciple Speed?

Quick Survey: How long after your conversion to Christianity did you consider yourself a Disciple of Jesus? If it wasn’t immediately, would you be willing to share your story in the comment section? I’m asking for your personal assessment. For a related articles see: Those High-Maintenance False Converts of Yours! “If you died tonight…?” – […]

Where Is This Place? Heaven?

After two governors and two years in prison, Paul the apostle get a hearing with King Agrippa over the charges of “stirring up the Jews all over the world,” and “desecrating the temple.”   Paul recounts what happened to him on the road to Damascus, what Jesus said, and uses it as part of his […]

Gospel Scalping

Ticket scalping, also known as ticket resales, is the time-honored practice of buying tickets to an event and reselling them for more than you paid for them.  Gospel scalping, also known evangelism, is the time-honored practice of co-opting the gospel and requiring more for it than you were were willing to give. Actually, not all […]

Devils Advocate – Defusing Discipleship Making Movements.

  If you had the other teams play-book, and knew in advance when they would execute those plays, you certainly would have a great advantage.  When it comes to discipleship, discipling, being a discipler, or the overarching subject of making disciples, many presume to have “The Playbook.”   To the writing of these play books, […]