Beyond Luke 10: Heretical Reflections from Someone Nine Years into the Journey

I took the proverbial Red Pill nine years ago: quit the “full time” ministry job as a pastor of a church we planted in the SF Bay area, left behind organized church and evangelical culture, stopped reading every insightful book that would come out, resisted becoming a conference junkie, and stepped into a world that […]

Missionary aroma — it can be smelled a mile away and implications for how we make disciples differently in our community

Today at work, I had an interesting conversation with a N@tive-@merican fellow. We met to discuss how our work programs could better collaborate to better serve the educational needs of low income native-am housing residents in his housing project (For discretion purposes, I’m keeping it vague).

Anyhow, he was guarded at first but began to […]

Reflections on some good advice given long ago: figure out what the gospel is (part 3)

I recall getting a haircut in my local town from a woman who was very proud of her church. She immediately began interviewing me to determine whether I was a “christian” and just what kind of “christian” I was. It was an eye-opening experience that revealed to me that I had left the culturally christian, […]

Reflections on some good advice given long ago: figure out what the gospel is (part 2)

How do these shifts (in part 1 post) interact with my take on the gospel? Here goes…

When I graduated from seminary, the gospel was a set of doctrine that had to be agreed upon in order to be truly saved; it was the elementary A-B-Cs of Christianity that could be summarized in aspects of […]

Reflections on some good advice given long ago: figure out what the gospel is (part 1)

After finishing up my fifth year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I felt lost and desirous of mentoring in my life. Because of my wife’s outstanding work in New Testament studies, we were embraced in Prof. D. A. Carson’s [small] circle of students he respected. He could see how aimless I was, so he pulled […]

Modalities, Sodalities and the need for new wineskins

The late Ralph Winter of U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena wrote an interesting piece that shows the two complementary [though often mistaken as competing] aspects of CHURCH called Modalities and Sodalities. To distill his point, historically, the one CHURCH of Jesus Christ has always operated in two differing structures: one outward-expanding and the […]

Relationships and Finances: obedience-based discipleship’s two last hurdles

It was Neil C0le who first introduced Jesus’s concept of obedience-based discipleship to me in Organic Church and in Cultivating a Life for God. It was a recapturing of an often overlooked part of Jesus’s last commission in Matthew 28:16-20: “Go…MAKE DISCIPLES…baptizing… TEACHING THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.” My friend, Ross R0hde, […]

Is Jesus a liar?

Then, why don’t we believe what He says in Matthew 6:25-33?

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of […]

Finding new expressions for a world that is rapidly changing

“Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.” — Aragorn, rightful king of Gondor, to Theoden, deceived and bewitched king of Rohan. Throughout the history of the church, there have been people God has set aside to help protect and prepare the church for difficult times — be they from […]

Steve Addison’s excerpt on Rome vs. Celt in evangelizing the British isles… and how it all began

These are taken from Steve Addison’s wonderfully short, insightful and easy-to-read book, Movements that Change the World, pp.10-11. PP.7-11 detail the life of Patrick and are worth reading on the CMA website pdf here.

As the number of monasteries multiplied throughout Ireland, Britain, and the European continent, converts were won and new missionaries left to […]