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Nov 2, 2007

Toward Sunday

Looking forward to this Sunday. Talking about church in Los Angelels is nice. But, God has chosen the church to make known his manifold wisdom in the World (Eph. 3:10).

This Sunday, I will share about the whole "in the world but not of the world" challenge. Here is the introduction: ...

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Oct 29, 2007

One of the newsletters I subscribe to is Gailyn Van Rheenen's Monthly Missiological Reflections. I have always admired his writing, but last year Gailyn and I visited in the cafeteria of Dallas Theological Seminary while I was there preaching in chapel. I learned to also appreciate ...

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Oct 16, 2007

Recently, Philip Nation (my former co-pastor) and I completed the manuscript for a new book. It will be published in English and Spanish next April.

The name of the book is Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living. (One of the covers has the wrong subtitle, ...

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Oct 2, 2007

I must confess I have taken a longer hiatus than intended from my Meanings of Missional series. Now, I'd like to return to the meat of the discussion as we seek together to define - and more importantly to live - the missional mandate.

Theological Understanding of the ...

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Sep 27, 2007

The folks at Dallas Theological Seminary have invited Alan Roxburgh and me to come and me to come and lead a missional church conference (along with Bob Roberts and Eric Swanson). For more info, click the nifty graphic they made just for the blog... thanks, DTS.

They are ...

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Sep 24, 2007

Last week, we finalized some things related to how I will be working for and representing the International Mission Board. Jerry Rankin and I visited a minute and he started the conversation, "Aren't you working for me now?"

Yep. Sure am. The IMB has contracted with LifeWay ...

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Sep 17, 2007

Rick Meigs came up and introduced himself at a conference I was leading in Portland. I always enjoy meeting insightful people I have read online.

I like Rick's missional icon, and I have used it here. Rick has also done a great job listing definitions of missional... Click ...

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Sep 12, 2007

I am in Minneapolis today. It is odd to be back in the town after being here a few weeks ago at Bethlehem Baptist Church, then watching the bridge collapse on national television, and now returning a few weeks later.

Yesterday, Earl Creps spent all day with the Evangelical ...

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Sep 10, 2007

Well, I am not very good at getting my "Meanings of Missional" series out on Monday. My new post is done, but I am waiting to get a couple of quotes confirmed. So, as soon as I hear back, I will post it... hopefully very soon. In the meantime... let me share about an upcoming ...

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Aug 29, 2007

We are back in business... Monday is for Missiology-- Meanings of Missional, part 3 will be posted on Thursday due to technical problems.

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Aug 29, 2007

Semantics is the branch of linguistics that concerns meanings of words and their usage. One of the foremost semanticists of literary history is that eminent (but short-lived) philosopher, Humpty-Dumpty, who - while balancing precariously upon a wall - explained semantics ...

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Aug 20, 2007

The Missional Rorschach Test

Based on some of the blogs, my series has spawned, or reignited, some thoughts on what it means to be "missional." That's a good thing, I think, as it will enable some cross conversations.

Here are a few:

Brother Maynard

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Aug 17, 2007

Last weekend, I was in Jackson, MS.

The people at Ridgecrest Baptist Church invited me to lead their church leadership retreat. I knew I was in trouble when Mike McCool picked me up and told me he had a sleeping bag for me. Turn out it really was a retreat, bunk beds and ...

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Aug 14, 2007


Depending on your perspective, it brings warmth to your soul or a shiver down your spine. Yet, there is no question the word is gaining traction. Is this the case with the church word of the day or is it here to stay? And... oh yes... what does it mean anyway? ...

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Aug 13, 2007

Tomorrow will be the formal beginning to my "Meanings of Missional" series. Every Monday, and on some other days as well, I will post on the meaning of the word "missional" until my formal paper is done.

I am hoping to receive some feedback, discussion, ...

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