Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

Insanity, according to Albert Einstein; is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ is one of those same things.  ‘The Pastorate’ is usually made up of a select group of professionals who have met the requirements of a particular denomination or group, have gone to seminary, been ordained, […]

The 'SHUT YOUR MOUTH' Church Pew

Today, I was tasked to teach on the role, function, and characteristics of Pastors in this church era.  We discussed various Old Testament passages like Jeremiah 3:15,  Jeremiah 10:21,  Jeremiah 12:10, and  Jeremiah 22:22.  We asked the questions like; “What provoked God to promise to give the people good pastors? What was wrong with the ones […]

Can’t I Just Be The Warrior Prophet That God Wants Me To Be?

I’ll have to admit that I get a little stirred up when others say “how” my prophetic gift should be practiced. Some say that the Old Testament models of Prophets are no longer valid. In part, I agree. Mostly because I would probably have been stoned by now for saying something which didn’t come to […]

A Two Word Missional Addendum To A Karl Barth Theology Quote That Puts It Over The Fence!

Here’s the quote: “Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole […]

When Churches and Pastors Reject Mission

A man leaves a small village and starts his journey to Quito, Ecuador.  He has to walk for 8 hours, catch a small plane for a two-hour flight, and then get on a bus for 10 hours.  He arrives at the big city and begins searching for someone to take up the work he’s been […]

'Redundant Foundations…' are the reason Apostles & Prophets don't exist today?

The construction of the church necessitated the foundational work Apostles & Prophets. When referring to God’s household, the church, Paul wrote: “…having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Premise 1 – While the work of evangelists and pastor/teachers is important, only the […]

If the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why are so many trying to build it on the foundation of pastors?

Possible Points of Considerations: There’s only one church and Jesus is it’s Chief Cornerstone. There’s only one foundation to the church.  We can’t lay foundations over foundations. Prophets & Apostles are no longer needed. Someone’s got to step in. The Bible has been completed and there’s no more special revelation. They existed in their time […]

Ephesians 4:11 – Who's Sent?

Apostles, Prophets, and Evangelists go out on mission, Pastors and Teachers are supposed to stay put.  At least that’s the sentiment of many within the church.  Actually, it’s quite a hurdle to get people to accept that there are indeed still Apostles, and Prophets walking around.  I try to make it easier or more palatable […]

Do the Old Testament Descriptions of Pastors Apply in the New Testament Era?

There are those that believe that the manner in which Old Testament saints gathered should not be used a model for New Testament congregations.  Church = Temple, Priest = Pastor and so on…  Should these Old Testament descriptions of a Pastor, found in the book of Jeremiah, apply to the new covenant pastor?  And I […]

Why Calling me "Pastor" Creeps me out a bit.

Entering my 7th year on mission in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, there are still folks who insist on calling me “Pastor.”  I have never liked that title applied to me.  In fact, I am amazed that it is a coveted title.  Not amazed really, because here, it’s one of very few spiritually paid […]