Four Questions to Guide Creating a Global Missions Partnership

In my last article, I covered several important benefits for a local church entering into a global missions partnership with a missionary team overseas. Feel free to start there if you'd like. To be honest, when I first arrived in Houston, I quickly became convinced many of the churches in Houston cared little about international…

Five Local Church Benefits from Creating a Global Missions Partnership

Sending global missionaries is one of my favorite topics of conversation with pastors and church leaders. Having been an international missionary myself, it always does my heart good when a pastor or church leader starts asking questions about how to get engaged in the Great Commission overseas. In fact, I've been surprised in recent months…

“Are You Still Watching?” Thinking Rightly About Online Worship Views

Over the last two months, I've watched a scene unfold more than once. As the reality set in for pastors and church leaders concerning the ramifications of this pandemic, an initial concern followed. Many churches that were already plateaued or declining in regular attendance suddenly faced the need to forego in-person weekly corporate worship services.…

Why COVID-19 is Not the End of the Church in America

I've read a lot of articles about pandemic and local church ministry at this point. I've probably read too many and imagine you have, too. It seems everyone has their own prediction about how this will all turn out "for the American church," and almost as many seem to have their our answer too. Estimates…

Three Exhortations to Remember in Times of Suffering

I've been thinking a lot about suffering lately, mostly because current events surrounding COVID-19 seem to have brought suffering to the forefront of the news even moreso than usual. I am not personally suffering right now, but I do spend a lot of time worrying about potential suffering. So, of course, when all this virus…

Parents, Let’s Raise up Missionaries

It's funny how much being a parent changes your perspective on things. Everyone tells you it will, and you believe them. Then it happens, and you are still amazed at the difference it makes. In recent weeks, I've stumbled across a simple book by Don Whitney called Family Worship. While the concept is not new…

Seven Missionary Biographies and Why You Should Read One Now

Over the last two weeks, I've seen all kinds of posts recommending book lists for people to consider during our global shut-in. I even wrote one last week suggesting you use this time to sharpen your Bible study skills. But the one thing I've not seen recommended yet are missionary biographies. I'm honestly surprised by…

Now Is the Time to do that Bible Study (Free Resources)

If you're like me, you suddenly find yourself adjusting to a new schedule, even if only for a season. But moments like this often provide an unexpected parenthesis in life that actually creates space. Of course, you could fill that parenthesis with a bunch of reruns from The Office, or you could fill your time…

Identifying to Send: Examine These Three Areas of a Person’s Life

In our current season of ministry, it would be tempting to remove our focus from the core missionary task of sending laborers into the harvest. It should go without saying, during a time of social distancing the means through which we fulfill the Great Commission and the proclamation of the gospel with those yet to…

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…