Does the Church still need Missionaries?

With the diversity of ethnicities represented in our own local communities, with the advancement of social technologies, with ‘churches’ springing up virtually everywhere, with the ever rising dangers of a world in conflict, and with the sheer availability of the gospel even in the remotest of places, why does the Church still need missionaries? Isn’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

Becoming Indigenous

My wife and I were talking about being accepted as “one of their own” in various communities in the cloud forest region of Ecuador. She said, “It’s like we’re becoming indigenous.” My first thought was, “that’s brilliant!” We talked about it for a bit longer and then went on to other topics, but it has […]

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. […]

Who Mentors the Missionary?

“Be careful with people who are quick to mentor, but lack one themselves.”   This cautionary proverb was written on a friends Facebook wall today, and I’ll have to admit, it got to me.  It got to me because I don’t think I have one.  A mentor that is.  At least not in the same […]

14 Aspects of Jesus' Mission… and yours.

To become fixated on one aspect of mission, might be healthy in a robust community where each one plays his or her part. But, it is more likely that each individual should be flexible enough in the Spirit to know when, where, and how to operate in conjunction with God’s mission in the moment. Jesus’ […]

Cooked Rice Stains On My Christmas Pants, And How It Happened…

So there I was, kneeling and praying on a floor made of wooden planks not quite fit together for keeping out the elements or critters.  I’ve seen this before, plenty of times, but this day was different.  It wasn’t the wet rice that I was kneeling on that scratched my soul like fingernails on a […]

Presence, Proximity, and Proclamation in Disciple Making

I was out and about yesterday visiting with and encouraging folks in a few of our faith communities in Acts 14 fashion.*  In my heart, I was carrying an assumption and an attitude that one of these communities was on shaky spiritual ground and it wasn’t my fault.  I thought to myself, “They should be […]

Why We Call it, "Discipleship Group."

Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in a small town in the middle of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, people from surrounding communities gather for what we call, “Discipleship Group.” There is a core group of attendees, an “inner circle” if you will, but we’ve seen folks come from all over the world. The group in this […]