Like God's Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late to […]

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 […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Keep Doing…

One June 1st 2014, my blog post titled; ‘24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…‘ caused quite the ruckus on the internet and was followed by a barrage of comments on this blog and many others. In fact, of the 800+ articles I’ve written, it remains the most popular ever. […]

Left Behind Reciprocity in World Missions

No, we’re not going to be discussing Nicolas Cage’s upcoming movie “Left behind” based on the wildly popular book series. In fact, we’re not going to talk about eschatology at all.  Eschatology, is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. We’re going to talk about what’s happening now […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…

  1.  Talking about your “rights” in our country. 2.  Making sure we understand how privileged you are compared to us. 3.  Act like you know more about our country, city, town, or neighborhood, than we do. 4.  Make us feel like we’re getting a free ride, free lunch, or the free offer of the […]

Is Latin America Still A Mission Field?

This is a repost from David Sills. He is the A.P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Director of the Doctor of Missiology program, Director of the International Church Planting program, and Director of Great Commission Ministries. I don’t normally repost an entire […]

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Short-Term Missions Trips Suck.

1. Make yourselves the primary beneficiaries of the trip. ~ It’s not exactly new, but it’s becoming ever more prevalent that short-term missions serve to benefit the ones going on mission more than the ones being ministered to.  There are at least three possible beneficiaries:  People being ministered to on the field, those who go, […]

The Slow Evangelism Blade Penetrates The Shield

Pope Francis recently said; “Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and […]

At the Point Where Disfellowship Began…

There’s an interesting phrase in Spanish, “El Punto De Partido,” which literally means “starting point,” or “match point” if you put an “a” at the end as in “partid(a).”  It can also mean point of separation, division, or split.  In the past few weeks I heard “Punto de Partido” used in the sense of Christian […]

The Dog Ate My Short-Term Missions Homework.

Have you done your Short-Term Missions Homework? A “Forward Observer” is a military term describing a soldier who is acutely aware of the position and movements of friendly troops as well as those of opposing forces. They see the lay of the land and report where advances can be made.  Observers usually work independently for […]