Are you on mission?

We are called to mission not merely into the world, but to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). It must touch all nations, panta ta ethne. Noting Revelation 5:9 and 7:9, it is a comprehensive mission to ethnic groups or tribes (phule), to tongues and language groups (glosses), to peoples and nations (laos, ethnos).1…

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Heart Engagement

A radical change that is critical in the new apostolic epoch is repositioning the altar. In a liturgical church, the altar-table is central. However, unlike Evangelical-Pentecostal churches, it does not share the floor with the people. It is exalted and removed, railed and inaccessible. What is needed in Evangelical-Pentecostal churches is a view of the…

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Agents of Reconciliation

You cannot understand the cleansing of the temple by Jesus without exploring the Old Testament roots of the passage. Jesus was quoting Isa. 56:7, “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations.” The passage is chiastic in structure. That is, verse 7, the reference to the missional house of prayer, is the…

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A Shift in Emphasis

In the cold waters of the arctic zones, glaciers are common. They are often huge, like towering, frozen mountains adrift in frigid waters. Their icy peaks reach hundreds of feet above the surface. Some are as large as a city. Ninety-percent of the bulk of an iceberg is hidden and under water. Occasionally, one of…

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Turning the Tables

It is inconceivable to us, to believe, indeed laughable, to entertain the idea that Jesus might show up at the church we lead or where we worship, and do so with a whip, turning over the tables of coffee and donuts in the foyer, then rambling into the sanctuary and shouting about the church being…

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