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, […]

Meetings or Mission, Which is the Better Path to Church Unity?

Having recently had multiple encounters with diverse sets of denominational church leaders, I’ve heard an interesting proposition more than once. The proposition is this: “If we could just have more cross-congregational church services/meetings/gatherings, we would have better unity.”   I cringe when I hear that. Not because striving towards unity is a bad thing, but […]

Are Bible words Magical?

Is the Bible Magical?   Ok, well, not really in a magical ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Abracadabra’ incantational sort of way,  but perhaps in another?  If you responded to the initial question with a resounding “NO!” then does your use the Bible reflect an attitude that limits its power?  There are many who use the Bible personally, or apply its use toward […]

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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 […]

Should Christians Choose or Take Sides?

It seems quite natural for Christians to choose sides. In fact, it’s almost assumed that they will.  Verses like “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…” (Joshua 24:15), “Come out from them and be separate…” (2 Corinthians 6:17), and “Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don’t touch anything that belongs […]

On Whining, Venting, and Bearing One Another's Burdens…

A few years ago, during a time of fellowship in our home, there were about a dozen of us chatting and such before the “bible study.”  A young man had asked if he could share something that was on his heart, and of course, we all encouraged him to do so.  He began to share […]

The Half-Life of an Evangelism Gadget or Method

Half-life (t½) is the time required for a quantity to fall to half its value as measured at the beginning of the time period.  When it comes to evangelism gadgetry or methodology, it suffers the same exponential decay.  I’ve seen all the gadgets and all the methods.  I’ve seen them used and abused.  I’ve seen […]

Religious Traditions, BLECH! Where's my Fake Vomit?

It’s a bit disingenuous when folks cry out “Religious Tradition!” about something established by men that offends their non-traditional sensibilities, even if true.  It’s like slapping down fake vomit.  I can understand why … Of all the mentions of “traditions” in the Bible, many are unfavorable.  But not all of them. For example: “So then, […]

And the 3rd-Largest Religious Group in the World is…

According to an article in the New York Times The third-largest religious group, after Christians and Muslims, is the “religiously unaffiliated.” The article goes on to say that “More than three-quarters of the religiously unaffiliated live in Asia, the majority in China. Many of the people in this group do hold some religious or spiritual […]

Tyndale Quote on Politics and Christian Leadership

WILLIAM TYNDALE (1494-1536), was an English Reformer (known as ‘the Apostle of England in the time of the Reformation’) and the translator of the first English New Testament from the Greek (1526). A historical movie drama, “God’s Outlaw” was produced in 1986 Tyndale was martyred for his translation work and his writings in the defence of Biblical Christianity. […]