Monthly Archives: August 2015

The task requires discipleship, which requires time

There are several aspects to the task (“The Great Commission”) Jesus gave us. Matthew 24:14 is often cited by those passionate about finishing the task – “This Gospel shall be preached in all the world, as a witness to all the … Continue reading

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More about agencies, churches, and when a church is a church

My recent post on whether ActBeyond should exist (in which I argued that it is essentially a body of believers) generated a couple of responses that highlight an interesting issue. Both suggested that an agency isn’t a church because parachurch … Continue reading

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Large Populations, Many Movements

Click the image for the full-size version. I’m experimenting with the Global Ministry Mapping System I just received from GMI, attaching data from my District Survey. Here’s a first map. It’s pretty simple–just mapping populations by province, for 2010–but even simple maps can … Continue reading

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Finishing the Task will not bring Jesus back

There is a fairly addictive idea, which we get from reading Matthew 24:14. Matthew 24 is all the signs of the end. There’s a long litany that are called “birth pangs,” so many have concluded that (like birth pains), the … Continue reading

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Should ActBeyond exist?

Eddie Arthur has engendered a conversation that I hope others take part of. The posts in question: 5 Questions we would rather not answer (Eddie) Answering 5 Questions (me) There are too many mission agencies (Eddie) There are too many mission … Continue reading

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Mobilizing is getting into someone's head

To mobilize someone for mission (or for anything), we first have to introduce the idea: we have to put it in their heads. “Have you ever thought about being a missionary?” is one simple way to do this. There are … Continue reading

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Too many mission agencies? Maybe.

Eddie Arthur and I are back at it again (joyfully, mind you!). He says, “There are too many mission agencies.” And he says I’m wrong in my own previous answer. And he might be right. But I have a few caveats. … Continue reading

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Does discipling the nations mean each individual nation or all the nations, generally?

I am writing an ongoing series about Closure Conundrums. Here’s the original post, with links to the individual articles. This is Closure Conundrum #3: “Ethnos” in Matthew 28:19 shouldn’t be interpreted as “tribes” but rather “all the rest of the world” … Continue reading

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Church

Church as building: “We need to do some repairs to the church this week.” Church as organized event: “I didn’t see you at church this morning.” Church as legal institution: “The church might lose its tax exemption.” Church as spiritual … Continue reading

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Quotes, 7

1. “God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is also great because nothing is too small.” ~Mark Batterson 2. “I was not born to be free. I was born to adore and to obey.” … Continue reading

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