'Oh Hey… And While You're Out, Make Some Disciples.'

I had another one of those discussions about the ‘Great Commission’ yesterday where the well intended, but erroneous assumption that The “GO” in Matthew 28:19 really means ‘as you go,’ and should be translated something like this: “As you go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]

I Witnessed A Baptism, and it Made Me Mad as Hell.

Yesterday, while making my rounds in the small community of Mindo-Ecuador, I witnessed a baptism. The folks participating in the baptism were not from Mindo, but from Quito, one of Ecuador’s major cities.  They were using a public swimming area and there was many other activities going on there simultaneously.  They were dressed very well, […]

That ‘I’ Might Save Some…

Paul the Apostle, in talking to the people of in the city of Corinth said this: For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the […]

From 0 (Zero) to Mission in 5…4…3…2…

At the outset, I will say that this article is not about the woes of short-term missions. That topic has been treated exhaustively by me and others. A little background: I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. In our initial years here, we fell, rather quickly, into the mode […]

Losing Your Missional Rhythm?

I have been participating in what’s commonly called a ‘drum circle’ for the better part of the last 4 months. People from all over the world have come to our tiny town in the middle of the Andean Cloud Forest to sit in and make beats.  Sometimes people bring the most bizarre sort of percussion instruments […]

Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, I […]

When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are, […]

Is Making Disciples 'The Mission?'

What is God’s mission? Perhaps, and for now, it’s the reconciliation of all things. (Colossians 1:20) What is humankind’s mission? That’s where it gets a little sticky. With the renewed fervor in Making Disciples, many are saying that ‘Making Disciples is the mission.’ I’m sure you’ve heard that as well. Let’s repeat that to make […]

Mission or Fruitless Mimicry?

Your Christology, or theology of Christ is the starting point of your mission. I say ‘your mission,’ because there are differing views about who Christ is and what His message was. These different views, when it comes to mission, have different results. Those who claim to follow Christ can either be transformed into His image […]

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 […]