Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions

The root of being a disciple is discipline.


China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Two-thirds of Chinese Christians attend a house church.


My host touched the ‘down’ button in the elevator of a high-rise apartment. Its door opened and we stepped out into underground parking. We maneuvered around cars and crates in the musty and dark basement. Then, to my surprise, I saw through a door a red cross with children’s toys scattered about. The pastor welcomed us into his ‘house church,’ a small room seating 70 adorned by a small pulpit.

How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?

How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?

As the mission field changes, churches will change.


I frequently get asked about the future of outreach. Let me be honest, and perhaps you already know this: outreach will not get any easier.

Let me share at least three reasons why I believe this is the case.

Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be

Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be

It doesn’t matter how grand your vision is if it doesn’t flow with the culture of your community.


Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

D.L. Moody described character as “what you are in the dark.”


It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to sustainability, help it thrive, drive the vision, and care for the culture.

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.


Read Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together, Part One (Case Study; The Cross-Cultural Worker’s Checklist).

Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

The world is watching.


Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities

Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities

How are we using our days to point people to Jesus?


In one of his landmark essays, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “The years teach much which the days never know.” The first time I read these words, I fell in love with them, but I wasn’t sure why.

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.


A Brief History of Recent Movements

A Brief History of Recent Movements

7 constants representing 2 commitments


Let’s go on a short journey exploring the recent history of significant movements that have shaped what we’re seeing in the West today.

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