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
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
I remember one Sunday morning in my teen years on which a woman at church made a passing comment that I was “very pious.” The comment came during an angsty phase of my life, in which I was just beginning to learn theology and take my Christian walk more seriously. I was unsure how to … Continue reading Radical or Reasonable?
When the atomic unity of the first and second greatest commandments is split, nuclear reactions are unleashed. What God has brought together in his law, let no man tear asunder.
Does God promise to change our society in the gospel, such that we should expect him to do it if the church is faithful?
What is the kingdom of God? How is cultural, societal, political transformation related to the kingdom?
This article is cross-posted on ABWE.org. Several years ago, when I was contemplating a transition from my role as a youth pastor into missions mobilization, one of the questions that gripped me was: Am I deserting my “flock”? How many of the young adults I’m leaving behind will make shipwreck of their faith? As I … Continue reading Why Risk Is Still Right
We restless North Americans struggle immensely to prevail in prayer. I struggle in prayer. I see impoverished, persecuted believers in other parts of the world praying with fervor, corporately and individually, and I marvel at my own ineptitude when it comes to conversation with God. Yet prayer is an inescapable concept. Desperation of any sort produces dependence … Continue reading 5 Ways to Pray Missionally
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
Human beings are obstinately visual creatures. By this statement, I am referring not to all the typical examples of our visual nature—our propensity for art, the male species’ hard-wired infatuation with the optics of the female form, the fact that Baptist churches split over the color of the drapes, or. I am speaking, rather, of … Continue reading Fruit Salad Diversity