7 Types of Evangelism to Avoid, and 7 to Embrace

  Types of Evangelism to Avoid 1.  NeedVangelism – Identifying a people or culture’s need and exploiting it so that you can evangelize.  2.  Evandelism – Spraying your version of gospel graffiti, breaking things, disregarding community  3.  CannyVangelism – Tricky, manipulative, bait and switch tactics to trap others into listening to you.  4.  ClingyVangelism – Hanging […]

The Parable of the Sower – Should we Just Let the Birds Come?

The parable of the sower is not supposed to be a critique of the one who sows seed or his agricultural methods.  It’s what happens to the seed afterwards that the parable is concerned with.  Let’s take a quick look: The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside […]

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 […]

Maybe Christlikeness Isn't What I'm Supposed to be After.

For me, It’s enough of a challenge to do what Christ said to do, better yet to obey, or observe, all he commanded. (Matthew 28:19,20) (John 14:15) (1 John 5:3)  If I were to further pressure myself, at the urging of my own conscience or that of others to ‘become Christlike,’ or to ‘try to […]

Let The Churches Die, but Keep Making Disciples

What if church, the gathering of God’s people in a particular local, was supposed to be a temporary thing, a seasonal ecosystem that cycled through life and death, or a snapshot of ecclesiastical, historical, and geographical history. I know, ‘church’ is not a place, it’s a people. We all say that, but still act as […]

6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, was told she’s got an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, and she’s become angry, impatient, and demanding of a fellow Dr. Arizona Robbins. You see, there are’s only a handful of people in the […]

If you're Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one, […]

'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. […]

Is 'Listening' The New Holy Grail of Evangelism?

I breezed through this article on the Huffington Post’s religion section last night before I went to bed and it gnawed at my conscience all night.  It’s called “How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye,” and it is a REALLY GOOD article.  But, I think it’s full of bad assumptions and reflects a poor missiology & ecclesiology. […]

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 […]