Spirit-filled Church! How do you know?
How can you tell if a church is Spirit-filled? Some of our “friends” will quickly say that it is obvious: there is an outward display of the sign gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and working of miracles. I am not debating the existence of the cessation of those gifts when I say […]Read more
Highways and Byways Preachers!
As we look to 2016, I want to challenge every Christians to be “Highways and ByWays Preacher”; not pulpiteers, but proclaimers. Luke 14:12-24 Background The other morning I was scrolling through Facebook and ran across a post where someone has shared a sermon that the person posting raved about being an incredible message on salvation […]Read more
My Big ASK Question!
I was excited to arrive at the church service Sunday and discover I had been given a Big Ask Pen and three invitation cards. I have given out of two of the cards already this week, inviting people (ASKING) to join us in church. I love my church for a lot of reasons. One is […]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
It Must Be More than Evangelism: Missional Evangelism.
For our churches to become more effective, we must do much more than return our focus to evangelism. I have listened as many today speak of the need to return to an emphasis on evangelism in our churches, and I applaud that. I want to be clear; I am in favor of that. But I […]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
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
Outside the Box
What kind of box do you have your life and world view packaged in? Ultimately with our systems and denominational perspectives, and ecclesiological ideas we all have boxes and labels and areas of comfort.Because of the changing world around us, I am finding myself more and more often in conversations with people who will ultimately […]Read more
Multiplying Disciples is the Only Option
It is interesting to study the book of Acts and note how quickly the early disciples became a multiplying movement. I am astounded that Luke tells us the exact numbers until the church has become more than 20 or 30,000 and then he starts speaking of a multitude. Later when Paul writes to Timothy he […]Read more
Where Do We Go? Finding Missional Direction.
How do we find missional direction for our church? So if we determine that scripture really does expect more of us than sending our money to some mission organization and that we should be engaging unreached people, how do we discover where to go? The Holy Spirit clearly directs the church throughout the book of […]Read more