Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

The Final Word on Whether or not All Christians are Missionaries

I’ve seen this thought make it’s rounds on social media and the like again recently. It’s hip to say that “Every Christian is a Missionary,” or “Every Christian ‘ought to be’ a missionary,” or even, when addressing our own audiences, “We are all missionaries.” but look at the following proposition;   “If God is a […]

What’s So Wrong with Calling the Church to End its Temple-ish Behavior?

*This is an updated post from March 2015* “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” (sarcasm) Andy Stanley The megachurch pastor was passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called it to be, or better yet forward to what […]

Mission, Selfies, Raising Support, Murder, and Some Other Stuff

A number of years ago, some short-term missionaries and I went to visit a remote unreached community in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Our reception, and that of the Gospel, was astounding. We had laid some groundwork in the area previously, but it was quiet and very much ‘under the radar. ’Having asked for […]

What an Insect Eating Street Dog Taught Me about Discipleship.

I noticed two things when I passed her on the street. First, she was crunching on a katydid, and then there were those eyes! They’re white and penetrating. There are a lot of street dogs here in Mindo. Some of them you see consistently, others don’t make it more than a few days. These strays […]

Which of These 3 Views on Mission and The Church Do You Hold To?

For a very long time, Christians said, “The Church has a mission.”  They believed it so firmly that they sought to build bigger buildings and better programs to have more effective mission.  The local church, or so it was assumed,  would be the springboard to reach the world.  Build a church, attract people to it, make […]

‘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 […]

7 Things That Mission Workers Can Learn From the Ecuadorean Earthquake.

I was originally going to title this post; “What Short-Term Missionaries Can Learn from the Ecuadorean Earthquake,” but it seemed to narrow.  Whether you do short of long-term mission work, there are some valuable lessons to be learn in disaster relief efforts. As some of you may already know, a 7.8 earthquake that it many […]

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 […]

Church and Mission – Idolizing the Archaic vs. Advancing the Cutting Edge.

Re-Emerging Church – Re-Church – Retro Church – Renaissance Church – Reformed Church – Reimagining Church – Recuperating Church – Re-asserting Ancient Faith Church – Re-establishing Church etc. etc. etc. etc. When it comes to ‘church,’ the desire to “get back to the way things used to be,” or the desire to “find out where […]