Boycott “Christ-Like” – Part II

In follow-up to my “Boycott Christ-like” blog, I received a comment that too many use the term “Christian” improperly as well. Certainly, this is true. Many “cultural Christians” are not believers. Yet I found myself wanting to add a clarification to his comment that is important. A Christian is one by faith, not behavior. Otherwise, […]

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The Power of Your Presence

Over the past years, I have taught Christians a Faith-Sharing Skills course. One of the issues facing the church today is how isolated Christians can get from non-believers. In every class, I ask participants to step up into the life of a non-Christian by connecting on a regular basis. Without this positioning, we do not […]

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Training Circle

In the movie, The Mask of Zorro, the original “Z”, played by Anthony Hopkins, instructs his younger replacement, Antonio Banderas, in the training circle. According to his swashbuckling wisdom, it is futile to control anything beyond one’s immediate sphere. Yet if one focuses inside a tight radius, he can deal with everything coming from outside […]

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Soul Whispering Snapshot #2: Fence Jumping

I am astounded at how impotent the church remains in mission. The other day in our community group, Tawny shared of a friend’s encounter with a Muslim who had given her a Koran. Seeing what had occurred, the husband reacted angrily, telling his wife to give it back! I know that many would think it […]

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Boycott “Christ-like?”

When was the last time you heard someone describe another as “Christ-like?” I have wondered if we use the term far too loosely. My issue is this. It is entirely possible in the modern church to teach the idea of Christ-likeness devoid of mission. This shouldn’t be! Can you be Christ-like without possessing his most […]

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Soul Whispering Snapshot #1: Drawing

This blog begins a series on evangelistic skills. My intention is to bring you into a vivid living color picture of reaching our world.                                                 —————————————————— “We don’t do the church thing in our family.” This rather curt, walk off, response came from Liz to her friend Anne. What do you do […]

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Looking Back at Your Life Map

Have you ever made a life map? It is an exercise where you look back at your life and categorize the big events by designating them as either good or bad. To create a visual picture of your journey, you lay them out on paper using different color post-it-notes. If you have done this before, […]

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New Believers and The West Coast Offense

Do we have a hindering bias toward new believers? After extensive interview research, I came to that conclusion. The fact is many think new believers are second-string benchwarmers not ready for the big game. Compounding this unspoken sentiment, I found that leaders tended to view the gospel unilaterally. In other words, they envisioned the gospel […]

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The Sign of the Yellow Lights?

I am driving down Murrieta Hot Springs road, leaving a Church Planters forum, where I just heard a man talk about how God leads our lives. I am deep in thought over the three signs he spoke of:  (1) Where has God dragged you kicking and screaming, (2) Desire, and (3), a Revelation. I am talking […]

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Measuring The Mission

I consult with pastors and churches needing help in the mission area. I am amazed that many of them have solid mission statements. In other words, the vision is spot on. They so clearly want to make new disciples that they have put it in writing. Many also have ministry structures in place. Though there […]

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