Part One of a two part series: Practice the Ministry of Presence. There is no influence without contact. My general rule is that if a neighbor invites me to anything, whatever was on my schedule is going to be replaced. My neighbors know I am a Christian. So when they are willing to take the … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach in Your Neighborhood
This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?
Those of you who know me know that I am an unabashed, constant propagandist for missionary biographies. There is such wonder and glory wrapped up in the stories of simple faithfulness, even through tragedy and heartbreaking loss. When faithful believers in obedience to Christ tell others of the wonder of the Savior and trust God to work, … More Weep Over the Greatness of the Gospel
Yesterday, Sunday September 24th, 2017 was an important day for the Church in America. It was the day set aside to educate, motivate, and take action on the perhaps the most grievous 21st Century problem facing humanity. I’m not talking about global warming, or in-credible leadership, or political partisanship or millennial angst, or declining church … More The Importance of September 24th
A simple and wonderful story of God’s faithfulness and what He has done and continues to do in Russia. Listen patiently. Listen expectantly. Listen without distractions. Then spend a few moments in prayer for the work of God in difficult places and for the servants who take the gospel there.
A Snap Shot of an Evening in the Neighborhood All times are approximate. Home at 5:30 PM: Out for a brief bike ride, 22 minutes, 6 miles. Stop at High School gym to look in on a girls Volleyball game. One of our families has a daughter on the team. It’s a chance to sit … More What Does “Neighboring” Look Like?
. Easter Reflections Today in my Easter sunday Message I quoted Scottish medical-missionary, explorer, and abolitionist David Livingston (1813-1873). Missionaries are heroes for me and Livingstone was one of the most courageous even if he was not one of the most effective. No one ever doubted his courage or commitment. He was asked how he … More A Word On Courage, Endurance, and Suffering
Thursday is for Mission Recently, I had the honor and privilege of lending my voice to the ministry of VVMI (Vernacular Video Ministry International). Here’s the result. Pray for the translation and distribution of God’s word. Everywhere it goes, lives change for the better, destinies change for eternity. Fun fact: Opening shot on the video and … More Bibles for the World
Wednesday is for Prayer Whether your church is new or old, organic or traditional, large or small, whether it meets in a building or a house, in a community center or under a tree, if your location is anywhere in North America, these six things are true about your congregation (and mine): We are not … More Six Truths about Organic and Traditional Churches
I’m not denying a process in becoming a fisher of men, I’m just saying that mature discipleship always yields a gospel telling man or woman, compelled by the beauty of the gospel, the needs of others and most of all, the command of Christ, to tell others. It doesn’t take as long as some people … More We’ve Got Discipleship All Wrong