Towards A Gospel Based Ecclesiology

The word ‘Ecclesiology’ comes from two Greek words meaning “assembly” and “word,” and combining them to mean, “the study of the church.” At least that’s the most common definition.  I’d suggest that it might be better understood by combining the words “assembly” and “word” (logos) so that the meaning would be significantly changed from “the […]

Helping Institutional Church Implode, So We Can Start From Scratch

An implosion is simply the opposite of an explosion. In an explosion, matter and energy fly outward, but in an implosion, matter and energy collapse inward. All implosions will need some sort of pressure from the outside pushing in to cause the object to collapse. Articles like this one: “Another Mega Church Implodes” Are not […]

‘Unskilled’ Short-Term Missionaries?

I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. I have been on the field for over 10 years. As some of you may know, Ecuador has suffered a barrage of earthquakes recently where hundreds have been killed, thousands injured, and many more displaced.  The aid response has been incredible. Many […]

What if Missionaries Started Being ‘Done with Church’ Too?

Some of you are probably growing weary about people being ‘done with church.’ But it’s still happening. In fact, In Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch, he recently posted an article called “On Leaving Church,” where he states; “There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not […]

The Church Acquires its Real Nature, Unique Identity, and True Vocation from Mission. God's Mission.

“The church is a community of faith. Under no circumstances should we lose this very concept of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish an institution that came to be called “church.” He gave a particular mission to his disciples: Go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature […]

I've literally asked 100's of questions about Church Planting, but this one…

I’ve literally asked or tweeted hundreds of questions about Church Planting, Including this one; “The Church Planting Question that could Change Everything!,”and there’s usually been some intense and fruitful midrash, but this one… “Why, biblically speaking, can’t I completely jettison the idea of “church Planting?” was met with dead silence. My friend @Apostlefarm, aka Billy Mitchell  […]

Are Contemporary Church Meetings 'Built On' the Synagogue Model?

The word “assembly” in James 2:2, and the word “congregation” in Acts 13:43, is translated from the Greek word sunagógé, which is translated as “synagogue” in all 56 other places that it appears in the New Testament books.  Christ’s followers, as it appears by the usage of the terms in 45-49 A.D., (the time of […]

Like God's Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late to […]

This Quote about Church was Good until…

I read a lot. Right now, I’m reading, amongst other things, “Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory”  I keep bumping into quotes in this book that make me want to stand up and shout “YES!” and then get a bit deflated when the quote, or the idea, boomerangs back to church as institution, […]

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 […]