The Focused Leader: Keeping the Mission as the Ultimate Goal

The Focused Leader: Keeping the Mission as the Ultimate Goal

Missional leaders must cultivate biblically-shaped leadership and the gospel-structured mission.


Eighteenth-century pioneer of missional theology, Nicolaus Zinzendorf, once quipped, “Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.” Zinzendorf accurately describes the posture of the missional leader.

Three Elements of an Explosive Church Planting Movement

Three Elements of an Explosive Church Planting Movement

Developing better systems to reflect the best in kingdom expansion


Church planting is an important and broad topic. It seems that most people have an opinion on church planting—some have several opinions! If you want to see some excitement, ask a group of church planters or church leaders in general what an explosive church planting movement looks like.

The Suffering Leader

The Suffering Leader

I found new treasures in the field of suffering


The suffering leader sounds like an un-American idea. In our paradigm, leaders flourish, whether on Wall Street or in the house church. Even in the spiritual realm, we are susceptible to expectations that flourishing leaders have flourishing lives—yet we know better. And as we read our Bibles, nowhere do we find that promise or that narrative.

Resurrecting the Church Signs

Resurrecting the Church Signs

Who says Christians aren't funny? Check out some of these signs.


Thanks, @jwritebol!

Thanks, @dirkwmiller!

Thanks, @tombuck!

One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

The church, God's mission, and the challenges of a changing culture


Ed: Why did you write this book?

Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray

Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray

Prayer is the starting point, not the endpoint, of our journey in helping people from darkness to light.


We are likely all familiar with Jonah, who was a prophet of the Lord.

Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus

Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus

Mission, ultimately, is at the heart of the gospel.


I’m always fascinated to hear unbelievers today arguing that while they do not believe Jesus to be God, he nevertheless seemed to be a pretty nice guy—and a great moral teacher at that.

Doors and Broken Handles: Discerning Where God Wants Us to Go

Doors and Broken Handles: Discerning Where God Wants Us to Go

How do we know when a door is really shut? How hard should we pull?


Jane the Uber Driver, and How God Uses Ordinary Events for Extraordinary Purposes

Jane the Uber Driver, and How God Uses Ordinary Events for Extraordinary Purposes

I recently had a good conversation with an Uber driver who is using her platform to share Jesus with others.


Ed: How did you get into Uber driving?

Hero Making: The Story of One Man Who Invested in Billy Graham, Changing the Course of His Ministry

Hero Making: The Story of One Man Who Invested in Billy Graham, Changing the Course of His Ministry

All of us can and should look for people to invest our time, efforts, and energy in.


Many people have been talking about Rev. Billy Graham since his passing on February 21, 2018, and appropriately so. Having attended his funeral and hosted the radio coverage on many networks, I spent much time brushing up on Billy Graham history to share as color commentary during the radio broadcast.

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