The Word Christian Means More Than We Think

Good church leaders long for the participation of their congregation. Yesterday on the Intersect blog at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a good friend of mine posted an article that gets right to the heart of this dilemma. Greg Mathias is the associate director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, and he writes…

“Missions is the Mother of Theology”

I did not come up with this headline, a guy by the name of Martin Kähler did. Kähler was a theologian himself, from Germany, and was making a very important point when he penned these words. In fact, it is significant enough that it bears repeating. In short, Kähler is claiming missions birthed theology.  Put…

How Do You Measure Discipleship?

"We're not about making decisions, we're about making disciples!" It is a common refrain in church services nowadays. And that is the right attitude. After all, making disciples includes "teaching them all I have commanded." We should be concerned about raising up people in Christ, about maturing Christians who are themselves disciples. But here is…

Can You Love People on Social Media?

February 4, 2004 was a very significant day in the world. It was the day that Facebook was created. Whether you love it or not, Facebook was a catalyst for the online “social media” movement. There are now 1.6 billion active users on Facebook, which is nearly one quarter of the world’s population. Along with…

How Not to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Recently I wrote about spiritual gifts and using your gifts to serve the church. Today, I want to discuss a couple of issues with the whole spiritual gifts conversation. Obviously, I do not mean that spiritual gifts are a problem, but if we are not careful we abuse the idea. Let me give you an…

One Church, Many Gifts (or How Should I Serve My Church?)

  Have you ever taken a spiritual gift inventory? I have, and I assume many who are reading this blog have as well. Spiritual gift inventories, while a bit simplistic and overgeneralizing, can be helpful if you don’t know how you are gifted. However, they do not address the underlying purpose of spiritual gifts, nor…

Foggy Words that can Sidetrack the Mission

In order for us to engage people in outreach we need to do life with them and be intentional about loving on them. You may have actually heard that statement come off some pastor's lips in a sermon. But think about it, what does it actually mean? You filled in all kinds of meaning behind…