No Making Disciples – No Mission – No Church

On yesterday’s blog post, “Missional Size Matters,” Gary F. Patton made a comment that contained a timely and important question.  Those are as follows: Why do Jesus Followers use the word “mission” and it’s variants which I cannot find used even once in either the NIV or NASB New Covenant.  In too many Assemblies, small and […]

Retracing Gospel Footsteps and Going Where Christ is Already Named.

Paul’s missionary work consisted primarily of going to synagogues scattered across the Roman Empire, beginning in Asia Minor, and making clear to the Jewish and Gentile believers in those synagogues that the Messiah had come in Jesus Christ, the Son of God; that in Christ a final authority even greater than Moses existed; and that […]

Observations from Visitor on the Mission Field.

I’ve invited several people to write “guest posts” for this blog. There are a few reasons for this: 1) To offer different perspectives. 2) To generate even more discussion and conversation in this type of forum. 3) To introduce others to my readers. Today, Pamela Simpson, who attended Nyack College with me many years ago, […]

The 4th Time I Received The 5 Minute Christ…

Last night in Discipleship Group we asked three questions: 1.  It is biblical to ask others if they want to receive Christ? 2.  Should we ask others if they want to make a confession of Christ? 3.  Is it our job to get others to respond to the Gospel? The night played out with much […]

Short-Term Missions: It's more than just Bug Repellent & Hand Sanitizer

This post will initiate a series on Short-Term missions.  It will cover what to pack for your trip.  No, not physical items such as bug repellent and hand sanitizer, but spiritual attitudes, concepts, and ideas.  I’d like to begin the series with these “Constructive Attitudes to Take with Me on the Mission Field.”  I’m not […]

Missions, Defining "Unreached," and Marginalizing People Groups

This this video discusses and defines who the “unreached” are.  The narrator starts off by saying: “The missionary question is not, where are there unbelievers and then send a missionary there. There are unbelievers everywhere.” The narrator then says that the missionary question is:   “Where are there peoples who don’t have any Christians in them, or […]

Developmental and Discipleship Disasters in Missions

      Missions! What a Mess!              I am sure that we are all aware of cases where various forms of development have turned out to be disastrous for the ones being developed. When our good intentions, bring harm to the ones who need help the most, or leave […]