On Killing Sin: Three Major Areas of Unbelief

There are certain life events that reveal to us if we really believe what we say we believe. At eight months pregnant, I can say that the prospect of having a baby has definitely been an occasion for such reflection. My due date is quickly approaching, and with it, my anxiety has increased. I'm afraid…

Why do we need to confess our sin to others?

I recently finished reading If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. You can read my review of it here but suffice it to say that it's a good book and you should read it. One thing about the book that has stayed with me is the idea of confessing sin to…

In the news: Where immigrant growth matters most

Today, I want to draw your attention to another research article from the Brookings institute concerning migration in the United States. Notice I said migration, not immigration. Of course, this article deals with the latter, but there is more going on that foreign-born people moving into the US. Instead, this article compares two very important…

Sending Missionaries is More Than Putting Them on an Airplane

The following is a quote from Andrew Fuller reflecting on a conversation with William Carey: "Our undertaking to India really appeared to me, on its commencement, to be somewhat like a few men, who were deliberating about the importance of penetrating into a deep mine, which had never before been explored. We had no one…

I Kissed “Dating the Church” Goodbye, and You Should Too

  I was initially going to apologize to Joshua Harris for stealing the title from his previous book, but after I wrote this post I discovered he had written a whole book on this topic as well. Click here to get a copy of his book, Stop Dating the Church. Moving to college was the first…

When was the last time you ate with an unbeliever?

While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples (Matt 9:10, HCSB). I am in Orlando right now preparing to speak at a conference on "gospel hospitality." Sounds like a buzzword, right? It can be, but like all catch…

A word of caution concerning “Relationship Evangelism”

I can remember  Monday night visitation at church. We would all meet up at the church building to pair up and take any visitor cards from the Sunday before and go visit the new families and share the gospel with them. In addition, it was standard procedure to go door-to-door in the neighborhoods around their…

In the News: “Building Afromerica”

African festivals like this one in Harlem are increasingly common across the United States. Photo credit: James Nova on FlickrAs part of our ongoing conversation concerning the Peoples Next Door project, I am starting a new series on the blog called, "In the News." In this series, I will draw attention to articles and research…