Kent Shaffer and the Refuge

I had planned to post a piece on John’s prologue and the missional Messiah but Kent Shaffer over at body slammed me with this confession: “Stuff was holding us back in a variety of ways from being agile and ministering more biblically. And the comfortable suburban, Evangelical lifestyle was desensitizing me from living out the gospel as I knew I should yet never did. … Continue reading Kent Shaffer and the Refuge

Isaiah 61 and the Missional God in Action

That Jesus quoted this in Luke 4:18-19 and then claimed to be the fulfillment of that scripture later is a portent of His ministry and of the Church’s. Among the activities Isaiah 61 shares: Anointed by the Spirit to proclaim the good news to the poor Bind up the brokenhearted Proclaim freedom for the captives Release prisoners from the darkness Proclaim the year of the … Continue reading Isaiah 61 and the Missional God in Action

Part 2: The Missional God

The Missional, Covenant-Keeping God Mission Defined God missional activity is geared toward redressing the Genesis 3:6 problem—the fall of humanity. Covenant was God’s means of setting apart for Himself a people who would reflect His redemptive power. I also believe that covenant was God’s way of revealing Himself a given community who did not know Him or walk in His ways. God’s Missional Activity Abrahamic … Continue reading Part 2: The Missional God

10 Things I Hated About Church As a Kid

What bugged me as a young PK growing up in the eighties? 10. Deacons sitting in special chairs in chairs up front facing the congregation. Two words: worship police. 9. Hobby-horse sermons that always focused on the evils of girls wearing shorts-shorts. Do I really need to go there? 8. Ordination by association. I saw guys with unproven character get licensed and ordained like that … Continue reading 10 Things I Hated About Church As a Kid

Haiti, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

Whenever a catastrophic tragedy occurs anywhere in the world, I can always count on two things: first, the body of Christ knows how to pray and mobilize for the good of the suffering in need and second, Pat Robertson will say something stupid that the media will magnify. I won’t do their dirty work. Many a book and dissertation have been written about the mystery … Continue reading Haiti, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

The Mandate of the Church

Luke 4:18-19 Jesus’ prophetic proclamation of His purpose was not meant strictly for His time.  As His ambassadors, we must follow Him, doing only what He hear from the Spirit of the Lord.  We can glean some of the divine purposes that the Lord Jesus Christ has for His Church. We the Church must rely on the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. We … Continue reading The Mandate of the Church