Young, Restless, and Culturally Arrogant? (Part 1)

Some younger Christians poke fun of the traditions and habits of older Christians and churches.  They say that the older Christians/churches are totally out of touch with society and therefore are neither “missional” nor “relevant” (to use evangelical buzzwords).  I appreciate how Andrew Byers discusses this.  Since this quote is a bit long I’ve put… Continue reading Young, Restless, and Culturally Arrogant? (Part 1)

Biblical Theology and Mission

 Christopher Wright's The Mission of God is one outstanding book.  I'm grateful to a friend who pointed it out when we were talking about missions and church planting.  I really cannot recommend it enough.  The Mission of God  is quite long and detailed (over 5oo pages!), but Wright's style is clear, his structure is easy to follow, and his… Continue reading Biblical Theology and Mission

Global Church Planting

 Many thanks to Baker Publishing for sending me this review copy: Global Church Planting by Craig Ott and Gene Wilson (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011). This book is difficult to review because it is an in-depth manual that covers nearly every aspect of church planting. I'd love to discuss all the details in-depth here, but the review… Continue reading Global Church Planting

Evangelism and Experience

  If it is OK to say that the church is on a mission, the mission is surely to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel to Christians (to build them up) and to unbelievers (to rescue them from darkness).  J. Gresham Machen has a good word on evangelism and experience.  "Let us not deceive ourselves, my friends… Continue reading Evangelism and Experience

The Church in Exile

 Richard Bauckham, in his short but sweet Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World, says this about the biblical image of God's people as exiles (from pages 80-81). "Its positive significance for mission is its call to the church to be a counter-cultural movement, living for a different God in a different way and with a… Continue reading The Church in Exile