What Does the Instruction Manual Say?
When is the last time you gave serious consideration to the directions our LORD Jesus left us with in our instruction manual? His final words before departing from the world focus on what we have called the Great Commission. It constitutes His last command to us. In my opinion it becomes the measuring stick of […]Read more
Where Do I Start? Missionally Speaking.
Where do I begin? How do I get started? Those are frequently asked questions when the topic of “Going” in obedience to the Great Commission comes up. The conversation had focused on the responsibility of each church to obey the Great Commission. The pastor said, “We want as a church to reach out to the […]Read more
Worship: How are you doing with Genuine Worship?
Worship. Have you ever stopped to think about what worship really is? For some it is simply singing. For others it may be something else. Let’s just think about what it means to worship God. Mark Powers works with the SC Baptist Convention and leads in the area of worship. At a recent event he […]Read more
Who Holds the “Key of David’s House”?
Key of David’s house, what is that? What do you know about the “key of the house of David”? The two passages that I am familiar with that discuss this are Isaiah 22:22 and Revelation 3:7. In fact, I believe Revelation 3:7 ultimately answers the question of who holds the key. In this verse the […]Read more
Explosion by God’s Spirit!
Explosion? I asked twice if that was the word I heard used. Have you ever longed to see God work in such a powerful way that you could only describe it as an explosion? And here was a description of an explosion of God’s work among a people we had labored long and hard with. […]Read more
Pastor (or Church) I Want to Be Your Mission Pastor.
I Want to Be Your Mission Pastor. Every church can afford me because we work based on your budget. Why does it matter? Every church can improve its missional serve. Every church can take the next step. Having a mission pastor will make the next step much easier. Emil Bruner wrote in 1931, The Word […]Read more
Do You Need a Mission Coach?
Do you need a mission coach? I think this is an important question in our 21st century church lives and our ministries. People are using coaches to help them in all areas of life. The business world has recognized the value of coaching for a long time. Like in other areas, the church has been […]Read more
Not the Expert!
I was adding to my Twitter account people to follow and ran across one person’s description of himself as “An Expert.” It caught my attention largely because of the implied arrogance of believing that about yourself. Because I work to help church leaders and churches release their missional DNA more effectively, I thought to myself, […]Read more
Living Out of Our Identity
What does it mean to Live Out Our Identity? We function in a culture that is so performance-based that often we determine who we are by what we do. This can be quite significant in our lives when we recognize that the need to be accepted is one of our most fundamental innate needs in […]Read more
This last year I had cataract surgery on my left eye. In simplest of terms, a cataract is the formation of cloudiness in your eye that blocks or hinders light from entering and as a result makes it difficult to see. “They” tell us that cataracts are the leading cause of vision problems for people […]Read more