Monthly Archives: May 2015

Philippians 4:13 doesn't mean I can do anything I want

I’m sure we’ve all heard the quote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s offered any time we set out to do something that we want to do, or that we don’t want to do, or … Continue reading

Of emergent systems and transformation

An old story makes the rounds in mission circles. A British soldier is asked, “if the Queen gave the army a message to deliver to the world, how long would it take?” The length of time given in reply varies … Continue reading

Focusing in on a specific problem

Part of the challenge of making a difference in the world is finding the right problem to solve. The world is full of problems. You can’t solve them all. You have to find something that is (a) a problem (b) … Continue reading

Person of Peace, defined

At ActBeyond’s recent Global Strategy Group meeting, *SP* made this point: the Person of Peace is often mis-defined as someone who is open to talking about Jesus (spiritually open). That’s where a Person of Peace begins, but not where the … Continue reading

Field Lessons Learned: Max Group Size, Max Movement Size, Leaving Soon

At ActBeyond’s recent Global Strategy Group, a few key lessons learned and reshared: 1. The maximum size of the group is the size in which every group member can participate, answering all of the Bible Study questions. 2. The maximum … Continue reading

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Not every disciple will make disciples

We’d like every disciple to make disciples. The result, in the words of David Platt, is multiplying churches–every time. The reality is, not every disciple will. And the fact is, not every disciple must make disciples in order for the church to multiply. If … Continue reading

If I tweet with the tongues of men or of angels

If I tweet with the skill of great men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have tweet prophetically, with great nuggets of wisdom, or with faith that … Continue reading

When we disagree about church (or anything)

The kind of church that reaches unbelievers is not always (or often) the kind of church that reaches believers. So what happens, when one person wants to start a group, effort or church that reaches unbelievers, and those from an existing … Continue reading

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The kind of church 

The kind of church that reaches unbelievers and the unevangelized will likely not be understood nor appreciated by those who are already believers and trying to attract their children to church.  In fact, the forms of church that teach unbelievers … Continue reading

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Green grass and tornado chasers

If I wasn’t a missionary researcher, I often think I’d be a tornado chaser. I love the idea of chasing tornadoes – the thrill, the adventure, the awesome power of winds blowing around, the tornadic wedge, the math of meterology. … Continue reading