What’s First? Not Who’s on first?
What is the first step I should take? Start at the very beginning, as the song said, “a very good place to start.” So where do we begin? This past Sunday I had the privilege to speak at a church on the topic of missions. After church I met with their mission committee. The most […]Read more
Where’s the Fire?
Where’s the Fire? A number of year’s ago a fast food restaurant caught everyone’s attention with the feisty little lady opening hamburger buns and asking the server behind the counter, “Where’s the Beef?” We need some feisty folks in church today asking, “Where’s the Fire?” Emil Bruner once said, “The Church exists by mission, just […]Read more
Every Story Matters to God!
Your Story Matters to God! So does Theirs. The truth is that every story matters, because every story is a person valued and loved by God.Every person needs to hear God’s Story. EVERY NUMBER HAS A NAME! It is certainly not original with me, but I love the concept. Someone has said God must care […]Read more
Let me begin by saying that by offering to do missional coaching I am not at all trying to suggest that I have all the answers. In fact, I do not even know what all of the questions are. Not only that, most of the time people seem to be looking for silver bullets to […]Read more
Bringing the “Target” into Focus
I sat with a good friend the other day discussing the mission of Church Unleashed Global. We were discussing the importance of letting people know and understand what we were trying to do, and how desperately we need help from other believers. He said, “Perhaps it is not so much a ‘marketing’ issue as it […]Read more
Is your Church a Great Church?
Is your church a “Great” church? I believe that every church can be a great church, if they are willing. I have never wanted to be a part of a mediocre church. Honestly, that has never been an ambition of my life. I am so glad I had a great mother; I never wanted a […]Read more
Does the western church today reflect the culture, or change the culture? Are we a mirror reflecting the world around us, or are we a mirror that reflects the image of Christ to our world? In Matthew 5, in vss. 13 and 14 Jesus describes His followers in two very interesting ways. He says, “You […]Read more
The Great SC Flood of 2015
Record rains in SC that produced a flood that no one could have truly anticipated. It is overwhelming to see the absolute power of such torrential amounts of water, bursting the dams of lakes and ponds, flooding the roadways, washing away large trucks and crushing houses. Some speak of the power of “Mother Nature.” But […]Read more
What the Heart Desires
Emily Dickinson once wrote:“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care”. That is likely an accurate portrayal of so much of what prevails in our culture. The very nature of the prosperity gospel shapes and molds God into a heavenly Santa Claus dispatching our every wish. I am guessing that […]Read more
The Faithful Sower
In Mark 4:1-9 we have a parable from Jesus that the Bible I am reading this morning calls “The Sower.” But I want to focus on the opening of the story on an aspect of this that strikes me as “the faithful sower.” Jesus says, “Listen! A sower went out to sow.” At least three […]Read more