A few days ago, I was asked in a comment if I could rebublish the articles I originally wrote about Bill Fay and his approach to evangelism. All of these can be found on the BLOG but some are scattered over the last 8 years and so I told the commenter that I would gather … More The “Bill Fay” Collection
Friday Musings A truly converted life is a life that is infused with the missio Dei. Being on mission for God is always word and works, proclamation and compassionate action, herald and healer. If we care only for social justice and never give voice to the Jesus Story—the gospel narrative of redemption and the call … More A Truly Converted Life
Monday Discussion Two years ago, Ed Stetzer had post about a paradigm shift that needed to occur in all of our churches (meaning, all our churches in America of every denomination). But while this needs to happen in all of our churches, church plants in particular need to lead the way. We don’t need 1,000’s … More Thinking Better about Mission
Growing a Church that Does More than Cook Fish. Wouldn’t it be great if our churches were filled with disciples who were passionately engaged in doing what Jesus told them to do?
Weekend Musings Jesus can’t be added to your worldview. He wants to radically overturn everything you ever thought about everything. That’s why we call him Lord. This morning I shared with a group of men at a Men’s Breakfast in Dyer Indiana two of Jesus’ shortest and most pungent parables–the blue collar parable and its … More What Happens When a Man is Captured by the Kingdom?
Friday is for Heart Songs “… roughly one-third of the residents of Planet earth are still without a local church that can share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ in an understandable and meaningful manner.” —Global Church Planting Craig Ott and Gene Wilson, (Baker, 2011), ix. Question: What is your thirty year plan … More What is Your Thirty Year Plan?
Thursday is for Discipleship I used to give a talk on the will of God based on answering four basic questions. The title of the talk was: “The Will of God is a Dangerous Paradise.” The idea was that the will of God may seem frightening but in reality, nothing is better or more fulfilling … More The Will of God is a Dangerous Paradise
Thursday is for Discipleship Everyone is enraptured with Latin these days. No matter where you look in the literature, whether it is church growth, or mission, or church planting, or spiritual formation/discipleship, or evangelism, or preaching, everyone is rediscovering the joys (and obscurities) of Latin. One of the most frequently used Latin phrases today is … More Helping Your People Embrace the Mission of God
Update: The year was 2010 and I was teaching a Church Planting class at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School when a bright student asked a very good question. This post was a result of that encounter. I was asked a great question by a future church planter today. “How do you go about recruiting for … More Growing a Church that Does More than Cook Fish
Thursday is for Discipleship Heard from a former student, now planting gospel truths in a Michigan community that he delights in. New life grows in his new wife’s belly and new life grows in the community because of his faithfulness to proclaim truth. A colleague and twenty-something leader e-mailed saying a conversation we had was helpful to … More Investments that Truly Change the World