I just came back from a week-long missions vision trip in the Philippines. It was a whirlwind of a trip, traveling to a new place everyday, but it was a great time of encouragement and eating, meeting and worshipping with other believers from different places. While the Philippines has recently been in the news, due to […]
Seeing the Signs There it was… high above in the sky—gigantic, vibrant, shining brilliantly and radiant as the noonday sun, suspended above as if descending from heaven… It was a sign! Indeed, a big white poster sign hanging on the freeway overpass with nothing but “Jesus” written on it using a sharpie and yellow highlighter. […]
This past weekend, I went to the Saturday night closing session of the TogetherLA Conference held in the heart of Los Angeles at the West Temple Cathedral, and listened to Tim Keller talk about our culture and identity. Many Christian leaders from a diverse set of backgrounds came together to talk about the many issues […]
Recently, I heard about a young man interested in planting a church. He was from a large evangelical church in Orange County, CA. He asked to meet with the pastor of a medium size church in a nearby city that was already full of solid evangelical churches. This young man shared with the humble pastor […]
The global missions landscape is far different today than it was fifty years ago. Transportation has become steadily more efficient and cheaper over the past five decades which has set up off a migration bloom all across the globe. This migration bloom has led to large-scale movement of the world’s unreached people groups (UPG’s) into […]
This past week a few people alerted me to Dave Garner’s article on The Gospel Coalition website regarding Insider Movements (IM). While I strongly agree with Dr. Garner’s overarching assessment of IM, certain aspects of the essay needed further clarification and elaboration. It is my hope that this rejoinder can further the discussion on IM […]
In the next five years, we are going to witness this century’s greatest single mutation in the structure of missions. As a result, missions will no longer be viewed as something we simply do overseas, but something we do within groups of unreached peoples, whether those groups are located in Singapore or Los Angeles-Ralph Winter, […]
Every day 38,000 Muslims die. They die and pass into an eternity in hell. There is one Christian missionary for every 420,000 Muslims on the earth. These are just the stats for Islam. If we add the world’s other major religious blocks—Hinduism and Buddhism—then the numbers become even more perplexing. Nearly 2 billion people that […]
During my spring break I was able to go on a trip to India with my officemate Chris Brewer and his dad Gary. We began our trip in Imphal, which is the capital of the state of Manipur in the northeast (we weren’t far from the border of Burma). When we arrived it happened to […]
In 2004 David Garrison published his first book called Church Planting Movements. Garrison’s groundbreaking research tracked case studies from places all over the world where previously unevangelized peoples had come to Christ en masse and seen hundreds of new churches started in a relatively short period of time. Now, this winter, Garrison will be releasing his […]
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