If You’re Bearing One Another’s Burdens, It’s Hard To Pat Yourself On The Back.

The word for “burden” (baros) means literally “a heavy weight or stone” someone is required to carry for a long distance. Figuratively it came to mean any oppressive ordeal or hardship that was difficult to bear, as in Matt 20:12, where Jesus spoke of the workers in the vineyard “who have borne the burden of […]

Kingdom Theology vs. Church Theology?

I just got an email from Dr. Scot McKnight.  Among other things, it contained this paragraph: I wanted to personally let you know about a local event I am speaking at that will interest you. I speak at lots of conferences and in churches and I have been watching a trend that deeply concerns me because […]

Fighting According to God’s Rules of Engagement.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to […]

Does Creed Kill Mission?

In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that “The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality […]

Is It Time For A DNR on APEST?

What’s a DNR? A DNR is an order not to resuscitate a person who has stopped breathing by trying to breathe life back into them. What’s APEST? APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11 ~ “So Christ himself gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherd/pastors and Teachers.” What’s more […]

A Crisis of Sorts Regarding APEST

First, what’s APEST?  APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd/pastors and teachers.” The purpose of these gifts are for the current equipping of God’s people for works of service, for the building up of God’s body (Church), for reaching towards unity […]

A Running List of Stuff That Shouldn’t Be In The Bible:

According to  Bart D. Ehrman, These 8 verses and the entire section of John 8:1-11 don’t belong in the Bible: 1 John 5:7 Luke 22:44 Luke 22:20 Mark 16:17 Mark 16:18 John 5:4 Luke 24:12 Luke 24:51 His reasoning, appears to be based on some credible evidence which suggests that these verses were added at a […]

The Worst Mission Question I’ve Ever Heard

Imagine 2 Pastors from 2 different churches sitting at opposite ends of a table discussing the possibility of a new unified mission work.  In considering the ramifications of this new work, one pastor looks at the other and asks, “Whose church will they go to? I immediately understood his question and have heard it before […]

Acts 14:21 – ‘Having Discipled Many,’ ‘Had Made Many Disciples,’ Or..?

“When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch… ” (Acts 14:21) I often hear people making the claim that the ‘Making of Disciples’ is not mentioned outside of the great commission. All sorts of wild conclusions are drawn from […]

Every Time We Try To ‘Plant’ a Local Church, It Kills the Local Mission!

This is a post on Facebook, along with it’s comments.  You can comment on the Facebook post itself, or in the comment section below. Post by Miguel Labrador.

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