Aren't All Christians Supposed to Make Disciples, Be Witnesses, and Evangelize?

A notable blog post caught my attention yesterday entitled: “What If Not All Are Called As Disciple Makers? – Part One”  Please read that brief post in its entirety before going on to read the rest of this one. It’s reminiscent of something I read by John M. Frame some time ago. Frame stated: “Christ commands […]

Can 'Discipleship' Happen on Short-Term Mission Trips?

Can “Discipleship” happen on Short-Term Mission Trips? Before answering too quickly, consider these things: “The Great Commission”   “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

'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. […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

Does Creed Kill Mission?

In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that “The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality […]

A Running List of Stuff That Shouldn't Be In The Bible:

According to  Bart D. Ehrman, These 8 verses and the entire section of John 8:1-11 don’t belong in the Bible: 1 John 5:7 Luke 22:44 Luke 22:20 Mark 16:17 Mark 16:18 John 5:4 Luke 24:12 Luke 24:51 His reasoning, appears to be based on some credible evidence which suggests that these verses were added at a […]