In which I respond to some (mis)characterizations of the so-called "proclamational" model of evangelism and church planting.
When the Foreigner Comes
Unreached people groups are migrating to North America in record numbers. What does that mean for the church? In this message preached on October 23, 2022 at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church in Allentown, PA, I explore 1 Kings 8 and its implications for believers in the new covenant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ab_ikzTO1M
I’m Not a Missionary. Am I Making Excuses?
I have no regrets. Given the chance, there are plenty of things in my life I would’ve done differently. I would’ve listened more to my dad. I would’ve read more attentively in school. I would’ve gone on a short-term missions trip in college. I would’ve entered foster care and adoption with my wife with more … Continue reading I’m Not a Missionary. Am I Making Excuses?
Missions by the Book
Why study theology if my goal is to go impact people overseas who don’t know Jesus at all? Why do the missionaries I know sound so different from my pastor? Which missionaries should our church support? If you’ve ever had thoughts like these, it’s because across the church, there is a rift between the realm … Continue reading Missions by the Book
3 Reasons Complementarianism Is a Missions Issue
This article is cross-posted on ABWE. Christian love across lines of differing convictions are essential to the missionary task of the church. To make disciples of all nations invariably involves flexing, adapting, and bending to an innumerable number of circumstances in the name of Christlikeness. Culture and language acquisition are only the beginning; to reach … Continue reading 3 Reasons Complementarianism Is a Missions Issue
12 Bible Verses for Sharing the Gospel During Crisis
This article originally appeared on ABWE’s blog. Evangelism is hard. It is true that the current global circumstances have opened doors for spiritual conversation in a variety of ways. Record numbers of individuals are searching for keywords related to prayer and hope. According to Google, there was a 170 percent spike in searches for Psalm … Continue reading 12 Bible Verses for Sharing the Gospel During Crisis
The Power of God in Missions
Don’t have time to read? Listen to the sermon as it was preached on March 1, 2020 at Mount Calvary Church. Note: The following is a sermon manuscript and may contain typographical errors. The church of Jesus Christ is commanded to disciple all the nations, proclaiming the good news and brining all the peoples to … Continue reading The Power of God in Missions
Is ‘Obedience-Based Discipleship’ Biblical?
Note: This article was originally published on ABWE’s blog. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded … Continue reading Is ‘Obedience-Based Discipleship’ Biblical?
What Should We Do With ‘Persons of Peace’?
“Everyone we meet is on a spiritual journey.” I recently came across this statement printed on a brochure for an evangelistic Bible study. When I see language like this used in church and ministry contexts, my response is twofold. On one hand, it is true that we must start with the unbeliever on his own … Continue reading What Should We Do With ‘Persons of Peace’?
Why Do Missions When Our Own Nation Is in Flames?
Author’s note: This article is cross-posted on ABWE.org. If you’re anything like me, it’s been hard to pray for the nations when our own is in such turmoil. I speak from the perspective of an American, but I recognize that this conversation extends to people in any number of Western countries. As I write this post, the state of New York has … Continue reading Why Do Missions When Our Own Nation Is in Flames?