12 Self-Reflective Questions To Know Whether or Not You Have Caused Others To Sin or Stumble.

“We don’t cause people to sin or stumble, people choose to sin or stumble all on their own.” Ever heard that, or something like it? Is there any truth in that? Before answering, consider these: We can be an agent of temptation. – “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one […]

When Judaizers Skip Window's Mites on the Sea of Galilee.

NT Wright says this about Jerusalem and the Ministry of Jesus, “It was in this world that Jesus grew up, and to this world that he addressed his preaching. If we are to understand the thrust of Jesus’ ministry, we must project ourselves as far as possible into the worldview and mindset of a first-century […]

The 'Church' Only Exists When She Exercises Her Missionary Charge.

This is a follow-up post, of sorts, to the article “Two Churches, One City, Almost No Common Ground in Mission – An Interactive Scenario.” That post and this one are designed to catalyze conversations with your missions committees, small groups, and church leaders about the ‘Missio Dei,’ the Latin Christian theological term that can be translated […]

Does the Church still need Missionaries?

With the diversity of ethnicities represented in our own local communities, with the advancement of social technologies, with ‘churches’ springing up virtually everywhere, with the ever rising dangers of a world in conflict, and with the sheer availability of the gospel even in the remotest of places, why does the Church still need missionaries? Isn’t […]

The 'Duress' or 'Dark Version' of the Gospel?

Recently, the Huffington Post Religion section made a big deal about the ‘dark version’ of the gospel that has been preached by the ‘establishment’ for the past 1800 years.  It ‘s a quick read, and you can see that article in its entirety here.  The author also states that “Many Christians confuse the idea of […]

Over 1100 People Highlighted This Quote About The Gospel On This Kindle Book!

One of the cool things about Kindle books is the ability to highlight, write notes, and share sections of any book on social media.  I was checking out some books on evangelism, and I noticed that this book: “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [Kindle Edition]” had zillions of highlights.  It’s got nearly 500 reviews […]

Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible never exhorts us to have “childlike” faith.

C.K. Chesterton once said that God “has the eternal appetite of infancy.” In the often misunderstood verses of Matthew 18:2-4, Jesus says that we must “become as little children.” But Jesus was not referring to faith here, but rather to humility.  Whoever “humbles himself” as a little child is the “greatest in the kingdom of heaven,” […]

10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are more […]

Unity in Diversity – Global Perspectives On a Simpler Church

There’s a new book ready for publication, pre-orders are now being accepted by Redeeming Press and Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.  It’s called Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity. I am excited about this book because I know many of the authors who have contributed AND because ‘many authors have contributed.‘  Additionally, these authors represent practitioners from very […]

If you're Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one, […]