From 0 (Zero) to Mission in 5…4…3…2…

At the outset, I will say that this article is not about the woes of short-term missions. That topic has been treated exhaustively by me and others. A little background: I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. In our initial years here, we fell, rather quickly, into the mode […]

When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are, […]

Mission or Fruitless Mimicry?

Your Christology, or theology of Christ is the starting point of your mission. I say ‘your mission,’ because there are differing views about who Christ is and what His message was. These different views, when it comes to mission, have different results. Those who claim to follow Christ can either be transformed into His image […]

Is There A Full Frontal Assault On Christian Missionaries by ‘Missional’ Christians?

Let’s get something straight. The question is not about Short-Term missions trips or those that go on them. It’s about those who have been called out and sent by God to a particular place, for an indeterminate amount of time, outside of their own context. Statements like:       “Staying is the new Going,” […]

Why I Prayed For The Demise of a Church Plant.

Several days ago, I discovered that a group of folks had built up a small section of ground in one of the communities that we’re making disciples in.  One of the women in the community that we’re discipling on a regular basis said, “Hey, did you know they’re building a church right down the road?” […]

'Missional,' is Missionary-ish. The Question is, 'What Kind of Missionary Will You Be?'

Hugh Halter once said that the word “Missional,” is problematic and perhaps it would be better to just say “Missionary-ish.” Having just concluded a week of Missional focus with Missional folk, I am inundated with thoughts and concepts on how to be missionary-ish. I know, I am a missionary and you’d most likely assume that […]

Vertical Missional Myopia

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20 Often, this scripture is used in an accusative way for the unbeliever who is not seeing what God reveals to them through nature or “the […]

What if I don't need the kind of fellowship, gathering, community, assembly, or church you're talking about?

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:25 NLT How many times have you heard this verse used to exhort someone to stop skipping church?  Not only is it a poor example of biblical […]

I could've been totally wrong when I said, "Apologetics is Not about Defending the Faith."

It’s not often that I admit I could be wrong.  Just ask my wife.  Usually though, when someone approaches me with a well reasoned argument and shows me where and why I’m wrong, I accept it.  Don’t get ME wrong, I’m not “against” apologetics, I just think the church as a whole is defending the […]

Are Condemnation, God's Punishment, and His Wrath part of The Gospel?

If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 2 Corinthians 3:9 Last night on the Making Disciples Facebook Page, I asked this question: Must we speak of God’s punishment of sin when “sharing the Gospel?”      The answers to the question and the comments […]