What If You Died Tonight? Is the Wrong Evangelism Question!

“If you died tonight, where would you go, heaven or hell?”  How many times have you heard that question used in evangelism?  How many times have you used it yourself? What if I told you it might just be the wrong question and counter-productive to the aim of Christ and His Gospel?  What if I […]

The Language and Behavior of Conquest and Colonialism in Missions

It is essential, in my view, to abandon altogether the talk of “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the Kingdom,” “building the Kingdom,” “transforming the world,” “reclaiming the culture,” “reforming the culture,” and “changing the world.”  Christians need to leave such language behind them because it carries too much weight.  It implies conquest, take-over, or dominion, which […]

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 […]

Kingdom Theology vs. Church Theology?

I just got an email from Dr. Scot McKnight.  Among other things, it contained this paragraph: I wanted to personally let you know about a local event I am speaking at that will interest you. I speak at lots of conferences and in churches and I have been watching a trend that deeply concerns me because […]

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 […]

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The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God Living as a Christian: Teachings from First Peter  Experiencing the Presence of God: Teachings From the Book of Hebrews Reclaiming Christianity: A Call to Authentic Faith And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John The Dangers of a Shallow Faith: Awakening from Spiritual […]

Where was the Kingdom Before?

Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 3:1-2   From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Matthew 4:17 Both John the Baptist and Jesus referred to the Kingdom […]