. 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
“When you give people freedom, you get chaos, but you also get incredible creativity. Because everyone tries to contribute to the community, you get a great variety of expression.” (p. 81.) For more see: Brief Review of The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman.
Thursday is for Missional Thinking Becoming a Rabbit Church vs an Elephant Church *comments in red are Ed Stetzer’s; comments and points in black are mine The following are comments and notes from a class with Ed Stetzer. Ed and I were scheduled to teach a class together one year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School … More What Hinders Rapid Church Multiplication?
Listen to Your Community Michael Frost and I had a bit of a dust up on Facebook. (Michael was responding to the title of one of my posts. I have brought the whole comment stream over from Facebook and put it in the comments on the blog HERE.) It was the second or third time … More Michael Frost and The Skill Most Church Planters (and Churches) Neglect
Further thoughts on Philippians 4:9 “What you have learned and sounds like a cognitive component received and sounds like an embracing of the truth heard and sounds like something being repeated over . … More Is This the Apostle Paul’s Discipleship Process?
Health and wealth in this life is NOT the gospel message. We are called by a crucified Savior to a cross-shaped life. In other words, we are called to suffer with the weak, the oppressed, the hurting, the sheep who are lost and haggard and humbled by sin and corruption. Our lives should look like … More The Prosperity Gospel is Killing Christian Living
Monday Discussion Missional leaders lead God’s people on the mission of God, to the world of God, for the glory of God. You can call yourself a missional leader. You can read all the right books on missional leadership. You can sling all the right names around from the missional community. But unless you are leading … More Missional Leaders and Phonies