What If You Died Tonight? Is the Wrong Evangelism Question!

“If you died tonight, where would you go, heaven or hell?”  How many times have you heard that question used in evangelism?  How many times have you used it yourself? What if I told you it might just be the wrong question and counter-productive to the aim of Christ and His Gospel?  What if I […]

Shouldn’t We Be Terminating Life Support for the ‘Sinner’s Prayer?’

A resolution was presented at the Southern Baptist Convention a few years ago which contained the following: WHEREAS, God desires for every person to be saved and has made salvation available for any person who hears the Gospel (John 3:16; Romans 10:14-17; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2); and WHEREAS, A free […]

Why ‘Christian Accountability’ Fails to Make Disciples.

‘The great Christian apologist C. S. Lewis wrote that the word he detested most was ‘interference.’ “Interference occurs when someone sticks his nose in your business. However, that’s precisely what discipleship is all about. If you want to grow in a meaningful way, you not only must tolerate another person’s intimate knowledge of you, you […]

Avoiding the Guilt of Non-Discipleship by Ignoring Those Who Do… In Honor of Kevin

“Now, I’m not saying this to seek pity. I actually noticed something else I think is much more significant than being left out.” These were some of the last words sent to me by my friend Kevin who passed yesterday. Allow me to give a little context and change some names so as not to […]

Disembodied Discipleship

Discipleship demands that Christians reduce the distance between themselves and others and follow the living Jesus of the Gospel narratives into costly solidarity with those whom society oppresses and neglects, with “the outcasts, the suspects … the reviled. To create a safe distance between yourselves and those you intend to ‘disciple’ is to disembody yourself […]

What an Insect Eating Street Dog Taught Me about Discipleship.

I noticed two things when I passed her on the street. First, she was crunching on a katydid, and then there were those eyes! They’re white and penetrating. There are a lot of street dogs here in Mindo. Some of them you see consistently, others don’t make it more than a few days. These strays […]

We can’t Make Disciples like Jesus Did.

It’s not odd to hear someone say, “If you’re going to  make disciples, you should make them like Jesus did.  At first thought, it almost makes perfect sense until we realize that we can’t. While there may be some who have actually left their homes, vocations, and families, chosen a dozen followers who would also leave their homes, […]

Let’s Talk about Un-Intentionality

“Intentionality,” is apparently on it’s second or third loop around Christendom. “The key” to effective ministry, this week anyway, is being intentional.  Intentional in discipleship, intentional in seeking out community, intentional in being… yeah, blah blah blah I can remember hearing Propaganda talk at a Christian conference a few years back where he concluded by […]

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 […]

'Oh Hey… And While You're Out, Make Some Disciples.'

I had another one of those discussions about the ‘Great Commission’ yesterday where the well intended, but erroneous assumption that The “GO” in Matthew 28:19 really means ‘as you go,’ and should be translated something like this: “As you go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]