How a Migration Bloom Should Change Missions

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 countries with large evangelical populations. While we bemoan the difficulty of gaining access to some of these peoples, our eyes fail to see large pockets of them in our own community. But the opportunity is there. I have advocated for diaspora missions on this blog in the past. Rather than further...

“You Should Co...

As we go about our week we often run into people in our community who are not believers and are not connected to any church. During the course of small talk, the topic of church is broached and we then ask our new acquaintance if they go to church anywhere. They say, “No, my wife (or...

Church Security Teams Revisited: Still Unbiblical Apr09

Church Security Team...

Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog post entitled, Church Security Teams? Verdict: Unbiblical, that seemed to be quite popular. Although, if I had my druthers it would have been popular because people agreed with it. But seeing as the article garnered a paltry two Facebook likes and the...

It is not good for m...

Have you come across Time magazine’s recent ‘calculator’ which works out the (median) average age of your Facebook friends who are married? Time magazine diagnosed I am almost a year ‘overdue’ to be married. And, as you know, the internet never lies. I was not too surprised...

A Dinosaur and Baby Jesus Dec27

A Dinosaur and Baby ...

This year, my wife and I had the pleasure of participating in the Christmas Eve services for the first time at our new church in Berkeley.  We were originally planning on attending just one service, until one the pastors asked me if I was willing to be crowd control for the Family Service. I...

The Case for House C...

I am sure that to many, the title of this article made you roll your eyes a little bit. You know that the Bible talks about churches meeting in houses but… I mean, that can’t possibly apply to our cultural setting today. You also may have met some rather bizarre individuals who were house...

The Slavery of God

I used to believe that all evangelical theologians were a gift from God. This is what my Reformed background taught me. My honest confession in this short piece is that I no longer believe that. In fact, evangelical seminaries and Bible schools are turning out a great number of men and women...

The Failure of Evang...

This is a post I wrote on my personal blog a few years ago. I think it still holds true but would like to hear your thoughts I think evangelicalism has failed on two major fronts. One is the preaching and teaching of the Sanctification process through the power of the Holy Spirit. So much of...

Choosing Church: Wit...

A couple of weeks ago, I thought about what impressions wearing clerical collar might give to different people, and reasons why an Evangelical minister part of an Anglian or Presbyterian tradition might choose to not wear one, and whether the choice might be a theological stance. I have...

Choosing church: the...

I just moved to a new city and have been looking for a new church. To eliminate choices, I have made a list of preferences in my mind: I knew I wanted a denominational church (as opposed to an independent “free” church); I would prefer pews over chairs; and to take note of the...

God’s Presence...

This summer I am working on my upcoming book on Esther for Wipf and Stock. This has taken me miles away from Galatia (where my doctoral research has largely resided) to the capital of the Persian Empire, Susa. Additionally, I am no longer in the first century, but am thinking about the reign...