The Heart of Paul’s Mission Methodology

When you look at the missionary practices of the apostle Paul he seems to be all over the place. He receives support and he refuses support, he circumcises his converts and he abominates the idea of circumcising his converts, he lives like he’s under the law and he lives like it doesn’t exist, he eats […]

Round 2: Why does God’s Indwelling Presence Matter?

We explored some of the implications of indwelling in the past post. We talked about reframing our discussions and thinking on the presence of God, increasing our appreciation for the cross and resurrection, and heigtening our worship of the Triune God. This post concludes our work together on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I […]

God’s Upside Down Mission Strategy

Paul once stated that the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world  (1 Cor 1:18-31). His point, God’s choice of strategy for enacting his saving plans makes no sense to the world. This foolish wisdom is seen clearly in the incarnation, the cross, and the selection of the twelve disciples. Last year, I spent […]

The Conversion of Adoniram Judson

I recently read a biography on  the first American missionary, Adoniram Judson. I was moved by the story of his conversion.  I wanted to recount it for you in this post. Adoniram Judson was an intelligent young man. He learned to read a in a weeks time at the age of three. At the age […]

Election as Mission Impulse

One of the most common objections to election and predestination is evangelism in missions. If God chooses men and women why do we share the gospel with them? What’s the point? Paul seems to think pretty differently about this. Look at what he says about it. “I endure everything for the sake of the elect, […]

The Sufficiency of the Gospel

When Paul wanted the church to preach the gospel he preached the gospel to the church. This is one of the many lessons we can learn from the Apostle’s letter to the Romans. Paul’s passion was to bring about the obedience of faith among the nations. He desired to bring the gospel to places where Christ […]

Compelling Compassion

I have been meditating on the selection and appointment of the twelve disciples. Right now I am focusing on Matthews presentation of this important event. I have been thinking about the context surrounding the passage where Jesus calls out the twelve and sends them forth to cast out demons, heal, and preach (Matt 10:1-4). This […]