Is The ‘Cross in the Crack’ Gospel Sufficient? Was it Ever?

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia summarizes the gospel message this way: The central truth of the gospel is that God has provided a way of salvation for men through the gift of His son to the world. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, overcame death, and now offers a share in His triumph to all […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 'Duress' or 'Dark Version' of the Gospel?

Recently, the Huffington Post Religion section made a big deal about the ‘dark version’ of the gospel that has been preached by the ‘establishment’ for the past 1800 years.  It ‘s a quick read, and you can see that article in its entirety here.  The author also states that “Many Christians confuse the idea of […]

Over 1100 People Highlighted This Quote About The Gospel On This Kindle Book!

One of the cool things about Kindle books is the ability to highlight, write notes, and share sections of any book on social media.  I was checking out some books on evangelism, and I noticed that this book: “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [Kindle Edition]” had zillions of highlights.  It’s got nearly 500 reviews […]

Chucky Church – Exorcisms, Evangelism, and Exaggerations

Yeah, ok… Halloween just passed and I’ll admit it, I watched a horror flick. It wasn’t a typical horror flick in the sense of blood and gore, senseless mayhem, and the like, but it was interesting. The movie was called ‘Deliver us from Evil.’ Supposedly based on a true story of a police officer and […]

3 Questions About Bad Doctrine or Theology Thwarting Mission.

Over the past few months, our discipleship group has been having very lively discussions about those things that kill or thwart mission.  Specifically, Christian mission, the preaching of the Gospel, Making Disciples, and acts of justice & reconciliation. Early next year I plan to release a book with the tentative tittle “This Kills Mission,” where […]

Becoming Indigenous – Part II

In the first part of this series, I briefly laid out the foundation for the idea of “Becoming Indigenous.” I also asked some questions to help frame the conversation going forward. I’m going to pitch my tent on this topic  for a while with an occasional deviation. You can follow me on twitter @Missionaries, to […]

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 […]

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 […]