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 […]

Acts 14:21 – 'Having Discipled Many,' 'Had Made Many Disciples,' Or..?

“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch… ” (Acts 14:21) I often hear people making the claim that the ‘Making of Disciples’ is not mentioned outside of the great commission. All sorts of wild conclusions are drawn from […]

Plowers, Planters, Waterers, Growers, and Harvesters – Who's Who in God’s Kingdom?

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7) I’ve been thinking  about workers in the harvest. Jesus told his disciples; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers […]

To Hell With Discipleship?

“Any interpretation of the afterlife that negates evangelism & discipleship in this life is erroneous & egregious.” That’s what I tweeted earlier today after yet another discussion about the afterlife, hell, salvation, etc. As Dallas Willard states; “Scripture tells us that “it is not his will that any should perish.” But he does permit it. […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…

  1.  Talking about your “rights” in our country. 2.  Making sure we understand how privileged you are compared to us. 3.  Act like you know more about our country, city, town, or neighborhood, than we do. 4.  Make us feel like we’re getting a free ride, free lunch, or the free offer of the […]

What Other Criterion Besides Making Disciples?

A blog post from 2011 resurfaced yesterday titled;  “CAN GROUPS BE MISSIONAL & MAKE DISCIPLES?” It referenced another blog post from 2011 titled; “Why Churches Should Euthanize Small Groups.” I would suggest reading those two articles before continuing further. A few sentences struck me in these pieces:     “Small groups are things that trick […]

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. […]

Affording Discipleship Training

If your discipleship method, or the means to get there, cannot be afforded by the average person, then it’s likely not discipleship at all. After all, discipleship is supposed to free. Isn’t it? Of course I’m speaking monetarily. Because real discipleship costs everything. But when discipleship, and by ‘discipleship’ I mean “The being and Making […]

A Prayer To Use BEFORE You Evangelize

The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.”  While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples.  In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning […]

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Short-Term Missions Trips Suck.

1. Make yourselves the primary beneficiaries of the trip. ~ It’s not exactly new, but it’s becoming ever more prevalent that short-term missions serve to benefit the ones going on mission more than the ones being ministered to.  There are at least three possible beneficiaries:  People being ministered to on the field, those who go, […]