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
Those People? You know, people like them. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35151967?SThisFB Why do we have a tendency to judge people on the basis of some grouping we can put them in? What is there about the sinful nature of mankind that leads us to speak of some as “those people” as though they are inherently different in their […]Read more
“Is Allah the same as God in the Bible?”
There seems to plethora of blog posts being written on the topic, “Is the god of Islam the same God of Christians?” I might as well weigh in on the topic, in spite of the fact that I try to speak to things that are not simply trending. This topic is an important topic, and […]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
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
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