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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Needed – Another Great Awakening

In the last hundred years, we have had significant national spiritual moments, short of a Great Awakening. In the 1940’s and ‘50’s we experienced the signs and wonders revival. In that same era, Billy Graham became a national phenomenon. After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham…

A Church Revived Through a Missional Focus

A 300 year old church in Massachusetts faced a major challenge. Its ‘young people’ were in their ‘60’s. Their annual budget was $15,000. Most neighbors who passed the drab building with a drive-in congregation thought the church was closed. The neighborhood was now an Italian and Jewish enclave unlike the congregation of forty people with…

Concern for the City

The priests in the Old Testament were assigned, as were the Levites, to cities. They were required to live there. Priestly ministry was never confined exclusively to the temple. Priests were not to become other worldly. Ray Bakke, sociologist and missiologist, says that twenty-five types of urban ministry can be found in the historical books…