February 13, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors (Part 4). For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors who would like to see their congregants live as whole-life disciples, where every aspect of their lives are participating in the mission of God in our world. The Fall is what many people experience every day in their lives and vocations. Work is… Read more

February 2, 2019

The Gospel of “Placing My Faith in a Proposition.” (Originally posted at VanguardChurch on 5/9/2006) The May 2006 cover of Christianity Today reads, “No Substitute for the Substitute.” The article by Mark Dever (“Nothing But the Blood,” CT, May 2006, Vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 28-33) makes the case that the central essence of Christianity is the atoning death of Christ understood in terms of penal substitution. Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is an… Read more

January 31, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors (Part 3). For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors who would like to see their congregants live as whole-life disciples, where every aspect of their lives are participating in the mission of God in our world. The four-chapter gospel story (Creation / Fall / Redemption / Consummation) explains that humans, in our… Read more

January 23, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors (Part 2). For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors who would like to see their congregants live as whole-life disciples, where every aspect of their lives are participating in the mission of God in our world. Many evangelical churches have looked to two passages in the New Testament for guidance as to… Read more

January 15, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. What did the pastors do in their discipleship paradigms? What challenges did they face? What were the results of their efforts? I interviewed pastors from around the country who were dedicated to seeing people reintegrate their faith with all of life, especially their various vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors… Read more

January 2, 2019

Much debate has been had in the church about the Kingdom of God, which is one of the most important theological topics, since this is what Jesus identified as the “good news” or gospel. Whole new denominations have formed because of these debates. Three tensions that cause the debate are these: (1) Is the kingdom present or future? (2) Is the kingdom individual or social? (3) Is the kingdom particular for those under the reign of God (that is, Christians)… Read more

December 18, 2018

Very often, evangelicals confidently point to a certain passage to define the gospel. They point to 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, saying that this one passage tells us what the gospel is. According to most evangelicals, the “gospel” that Paul had preached to the Corinthians and now wants to remind them of, the gospel by which we are saved, the message that he received and passed on to them as of first importance can be summarized in the next few verses (verses… Read more

July 30, 2018

“The new earth will seem different simply because it will be much more like itself. Redemption restores rather than obliterates creation.” -Mike Wittmer, Becoming Worldly Saints, pp. 164-165 Read more

July 13, 2018

“Before I became a Christian I do not think I fully realised that one’s life, after conversion, would inevitably consist in doing most of the same things one had been doing before, one hopes, in a new spirit, but still the same things.” C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, p. 51 Read more

July 3, 2018

“There are two strategies to reach the world. The first one is to recruit the people of God to use some of their leisure time to join the missionary initiatives of church-paid workers. And the second one is to equip the people of God for fruitful mission in all of their life.” -Mark Greene, Executive Director of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism (Cape Town, South Africa, 2010) Read more

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