Insider Movements: A Response to Dave Garner

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 and possibly even prompt additional clarification from Dr. Garner. In his essay, Dr. Garner addresses five concerns. I will address three of those five points. 1. Dr. Garner Point One: “IM calls believers to stay in. God’s Word calls believers to come out.” a.) In his essay Dr. Garner talks...

Relearning How to Fo...

When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When my teammate relayed this information to...

The Priority of Evan...

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.[1] 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...

Ray Comfort vs. Evol...

Fellow Christians, our enemy is not evolution, it is naturalism. Please, please, please recognize the difference. Ray Comfort, well-known evangelist and co-founder of The Way of the Master along with Kirk Cameron, has produced a new apologetics video entitled, “Evolution vs. God.”...

Bursting the Bonds o...

One of the most tragic aspects of the western evangelical landscape has been the hollowing out of the layman’s Christianity. Notice that I did not say the layman’s role in the church, though that is undoubtedly incorporated in what I mean by “Christianity”; but it is so far from the...

Muslim Evangelism (P...

In part one of this brief two part series on Muslim evangelism, I argued that friendship evangelism was not an effective or a biblical missiological strategy for reaching Muslims. I took my cues from a book penned by Roland Müller entitled The Messenger The Message The Community. After...

Muslim Evangelism (P...

Discussion about effective models for Muslim evangelism hath no shortage of opinion. For many years now, debates have raged in missiological circles about the how and what of evangelism to Muslims. How should we go about communicating the gospel to Muslim peoples? What should we say to them?...

How I Became a Disciple Dec31

How I Became a Disci...

As the New Year is approaching, I cannot help but to remember my past and stand in awe of God. June 2013 will mark my ten-year anniversary of being a Christian, and August 2013 will bring my 30th birthday! Spending the entirety of my twenties figuring out life as a Christ follower has been...

Carving Thoughts Around “Crave:” Are the Longings of the Postmodern Person Really Timeless Truths of Every Soul? Sep20

Carving Thoughts Aro...

“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations.” I think anyone who has spent time in the church has had a life filled with experiences where the execution of both new disciple making and disciple deepening have been found dreadfully wanting. So, how do we move forward from here? In...

Church  Mission  and  Two-Kingdoms  or  Whatever  Happened  to  Evangelism? Jan21

Church Mission and...

During April 2009, Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian released a book entitled Unfashionable. The book was met with strong acclaim from a number of prominent Christians including J.I. Packer, Don Carson, Ravi Zacharias and surprisingly, Michael Horton. Perhaps the books greatest...

Apologetics: To What...

Last week I talked about advertising and evangelism.  As a related issue, I also want to discuss the way in which Christians do Apologetics.  How far can Apologetics take us?  Do we assume that someone can be argued into the Kingdom?  Is the goal of Apologetics merely to convince?  Is...