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What I Learned from a Missiologist Part 2: Church Multiplication

Several weeks ago, I had a great discussion with Dr. John David Smith, executive director of BMA Missions. If you missed last week’s issue, I invite you to visit lifeinprogressministries.com to read part 1 of this article series where I highlight some of the main things I learned from Dr. Smith. We must realize that everything about a multiplication culture is counterintuitive to American culture. A consumer mentality permeates everything in America including church life. When people decided they want…

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This is Really Just a Facebook “Rant”

I’ve noticed a really strange trend in popular Christianity. Many people will say that people who hold to certain interpretations of things like Genesis, Revelation, free will/irresistable grace are crazy/nuts/dumb/heretics or at the very least incredibly dangerous to the faith. BUT THEN, I see these same people quote and laud and applaud popular teachers such as Keller, Piper, C.S. Lewis, or Ravi Zacharias and more about how great they are not knowing that these guys would hold to many of…

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What I Learned From a Misssiologist, Part 1

Several weeks ago, I met with BMA Missions Executive Director, John David Smith. We spoke for about an hour, and I wish everyone in the BMA could do the same. The man is truly a treasure. If you’ve been paying attention to “church culture” in 2013-2014, you’ll see the idea of church multiplication is being emphasized, and rightly so. However, it is no secret that many churches are struggling, shrinking, plateauing or feel that they are in the church-saturated areas.…

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10 Tips to get off the “milk”

I believe many churches have a diet problem. While an article on gluttony would be sure to offend many and might be needed, I am talking about spiritual diets. I think we need to think of our spiritual depth in a new way. The conventional wisdom seems to be that you have to start new/immature believers on the “milk” of the Word and then slowly wean them off of it. I disagree. This strategy isn’t working. You might need to…

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Teaching Purity

Two weeks ago, I was in Magnolia, Arkansas speaking at a purity conference for teen girls.  We had a great time and I was so blessed by the women there and their hearts to serve, lead and mentor their youth. I have literally had months to study the topic of purity and to ask the Lord to reveal His ideas and His ways for teaching it.  I’ve been angered, convicted and overjoyed all in the same breath as He has…

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Arguing Over Politics (From a guy who needs to stop)

Ferguson, ISIS, the Affordable Care Act, “discrimination laws” — there is no shortage of turmoil in our world and no shortage of suggested “solutions” to the problem. I would also assume that many of you have been driven to rage at the Facebook status of someone who just doesn’t “get it.” Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you lean, you believe your conservative/liberal policies are obviously best, and only a complete dunderhead would disagree. But what if I…

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The Ripple of Ferguson

As I sat watching the news coverage of the events in Ferguson, MO last night, I had mixed emotions and many thoughts.  Although I am not directly affected by the chaos, I asked the Lord to show me what I can learn and how I could be used to help — if that is even possible.  I want to share with you what He spoke to me.  You may not like it. I really don’t want to address the death…

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Christians and Injustice, Anger, and Compassion

This article was written for the Baptist Trumpet and was primarily aimed at an audience of members of the BMA of America. Also, this article really has nothing to do with Batman.  Not a day goes by without seeing some kind of turmoil on the news. These past few days have been exceptionally bad. ISIS is committing genocide. In my home state of Missouri, an unarmed young black man was killed in Ferguson several days ago, and there has been rioting and…

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The Giant Hole in My Apologetic

Although I believe that apologetics ministries are very important in our world as a way of “preparing the soil” for evangelism, I think there is another area that is much more important. While the specialty field of  “apologetics” often involves using philosophy, science, existential experience etc. to defend the reasonableness of the Christian faith, an apologetic is simply an explanation or a defense of a belief. Any time someone tries to explain why they believe — or even clarify what…

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The Problem of “Free” (Sample) Salvation

Christians need to take care to explain Biblical concepts when talking to non-believers. While we might be comfortable with our “Christianese,” we have to remember that the vast majority of the population does not go to church. We need to be diligent students and patient witnesses so those who do not believe are not more confused about Christ after speaking with us than they were before. One area where I think there is a lot of confusion is the idea…

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