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, […]

'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 – Part II

In the first part of this series, I briefly laid out the foundation for the idea of “Becoming Indigenous.” I also asked some questions to help frame the conversation going forward. I’m going to pitch my tent on this topic  for a while with an occasional deviation. You can follow me on twitter @Missionaries, to […]

Acts 14:21 – 'Having Discipled Many,' 'Had Made Many Disciples,' Or..?

“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch… ” (Acts 14:21) I often hear people making the claim that the ‘Making of Disciples’ is not mentioned outside of the great commission. All sorts of wild conclusions are drawn from […]

Hope For A Demon Possessed Boy In The Cloud Forest

In our Discipleship Group last night we spent a lot of time ‘debriefing’ the past month’s mission work in the region.  One of the Pastors shared this story: The phone rings early in the morning, but he doesn’t answer. It rings again and again, he still doesn’t answer. Then came a knock at the door. […]

So, What's Wrong With The Epistles?

“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the […]

A Prayer To Use BEFORE You Evangelize

The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.”  While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples.  In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning […]

Organic Theology?

Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we […]

Rohr’s Honest, Authoritative, but Questionable Hermeneutic.

When people say weird stuff about God or how He interacts with His people, and claim to be using The Bible to support those claims, you have to wonder what interpretive methods they’re using to arrive at their conclusions. Richard Rohr is refreshingly honest in explaining his approach when he says; “You deserve to know […]

Theology and Theophilus

Luke was the author of the gospel by the same name and also the book of Acts in the bible. He addresses them to Theophilus, or by meaning of the name, “Friend of God.” I’m not always good at being a friend. In fact, I prefer to be alone most times. In that sense, it […]