The heart of the Great Commission

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. AndContinue reading “The heart of the Great Commission”

Being “on mission”

I am revisiting Briggs and Hyatt’s book on Eldership and find myself challenged by the lead question: “How would you define ministry?” The working answer for Briggs and Hyatt: meeting people where they are and journeying with them to where God wants them to be.  They have a list of what ministry is not to reaffirm that definition: ItContinue reading “Being “on mission””

Microsoft’s New Department

Read carefully from this memo. See if anything stands out to you: (CEO Steve) Ballmer also talked about the company’s future plans, while detailing the functions that form the basis of Microsoft’s transformation — Engineering, Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal, and COO. Who knew Microsoft was evangelical? 

Am I Joining What God is Doing?

The growth and expansion of the Church is never tied to our comfort. The first expansion of the church in Acts came in a time of persecution. Philip found himself in Samaria (Acts 8) as a result of the persecution in Jerusalem. But persecution wasn’t a reason to quit. They kept proclaiming. Philip was oneContinue reading “Am I Joining What God is Doing?”

The Power of the Gospel

“The power of the gospel lies not in the offer of a new spirituality or religious experience, not in the threat of hellfire (certainly not in the threat of being “left behind”), which can be removed if only the hearer checks the box, says this prayer, raises a hand, or whatever, but in the powerfulContinue reading “The Power of the Gospel”

The Double-Edge of the Good News

Reading through Acts this week as a church, I am still struck by the boldness of proclamation. Filled with the power of the Spirit, these are people who are unafraid. They don’t have the luxury of public proclamation as we do today. They had to risk. Even knowing their proclamation could land them in trouble,Continue reading “The Double-Edge of the Good News”

The Beautiful Obligation

16 If I preach the gospel, I have no reason to brag, since I’m obligated to do it. I’m in trouble if I don’t preach the gospel.(1 Cor. 9:16, CEB) 16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach theContinue reading “The Beautiful Obligation”