Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church

No, Doctrinal Deal-breakers Dissociative Disorder (DDDD), is not a real thing.  I just made it up.  But if one were to look at the sheer number of denominations, somewhere between 217 and 3300 (yeah, I know), and question the reason that Christ’s followers are so fragmented, then that one would be justified in asking”Why?” and likewise […]

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 […]

Being 'Missional' Must Include Engaged Conversations That Point People To Their Need of Jesus Christ.

“Proclamation, proclamation…proclamation! Enough already!” I heard this spoken at a gathering of missional folks last year.  The person speaking was referring to what he presumed was the incessant verbalizing, ‘preaching,’ and vocalizing of the gospel without demonstrable living proof of the same.  In other words, and from his point of view, Christianity’s walk wasn’t lining […]

If You’re Bearing One Another’s Burdens, It’s Hard To Pat Yourself On The Back.

The word for “burden” (baros) means literally “a heavy weight or stone” someone is required to carry for a long distance. Figuratively it came to mean any oppressive ordeal or hardship that was difficult to bear, as in Matt 20:12, where Jesus spoke of the workers in the vineyard “who have borne the burden of […]

Heart-Tugging Stories of Multi-Generational Discipleship – #1

Not too long ago, on one of our normal mission outreach days, I returned with my spiritual pride gutted. What we get to do here is exciting, costly, and humbling. To be honest, I have to constantly ask God if He’s using me in spite of myself. That thought is nearly too much to bear. […]

I SEE YOU – by Claudia Labrador

If any of you have ever seen the movie, Avatar, you might remember a scene when Neytiri explains to Jake Sully that “Sky People cannot learn. They do not see.” Sky people are earthen visitors—actually, they are more like invaders into the lives of the Na’vi people, the indigenous peoples of Pandora. Very few of […]

'Who's Co-opting Your Missional Midrash?'

I remember when it was a “missional” conversation.  Dialogue was crucial to reactivating the latent mission DNA of Jesus’ Church.  I remember when “missional” was the opposite of “attractional.”  What ever happened to that?  I remember when nothing was missional and everything became missional.  I remember when missional first grew legs and supposedly stepped out […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moral Greed

The concept of moral greediness has been churning in my mind of late. I’ve accepted the permanence of greed in this world as I’ve accept the permanence of poverty. I think they’re causally related. Greed, along with its cousins, envy, jealously, and violence, cause poverty. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you,” […]