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Cuban Mysticism

With the “opening” of Cuban/American relations I anticipate a large number of Evangelicals wanting to get involved with the country. Truth be told, there was an avenue to work in Cuba doing ministry beforehand, but the gates are now open wider. Cuba, as most readers will know, is mostly Catholic. However, a growing Evangelical movement […]

5 Stories You Will Read about in 2015 Regarding North American Missions

I typically post a “top trends” article as the year begins to flip. This year I offer this list of stories I think we will be reading about next year. 1.  Continued debate over the definition of missions Under the surface of Great Commission theology is the understanding of what “mission,” “missions,” and “missionary” means. […]

Jesus and Jobs

No matter where you go in the world there are two needs basic to every human being. Jesus and jobs. In this post I am going to focus on the latter. A job is a ticket to housing, food and family. A job provides self-respect. It’s better than a hand-out. A good job blesses an […]

Politics in the Pulpit

One of the concerns that has been consistently expressed about the rise of LGBT rights is that this will suppress religious rights. “Nonsense,” detractors have said, “that will never happen.” This week’s events in Houston rather prove that, in fact, the LGBT agenda will have chilling effects on free exercise of religion. The city of Houston […]

Highly Visible Projects

If you haven’t yet read this article about Mars Hill’s “Global” Fund I encourage you to do so. Wow - it’s all I can say. That this happens in large, aggressive churches is not surprising to me. The surprise is that these leaders were so bent on raising money off the backs of global ministry that they actually […]

Cool Infographic

50 Years of Mission: An EMQ Retrospective Of all the geopolitical forces dominating people’s attention in the 1960?s, the launching of EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly ? www.emqonline.com) was not one of them. We were making major tech advances such as the introduction of color television and the world was caught up in a Cold War […]

The “Man” in CPM

In the circles I run in (which is a pretty small circle, I know) we talk about “the man” approach to church planting. In the US, “the man” approach is the most exercised of church planting strategies. It goes like this: To plant a church, you have to find the right “man.” They have to […]

Florida Renezvous

This week I am on vacation!  I will meet-up with other Compac boat owners for a get together off the Gulf Coast of Florida. You can follow the progress of my journey (from trailer to the water and back home again) over the next few days. You can click here for the map: FindMeSpot FYI, my boat […]

China Becoming Most Christian Nation

This is no news to readers of this blog or really any missiological information, but the Drudge Report has been running a link to this Telegraph article about China becoming the “Most Christian Nation:” Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion […]

Great Article on Hobby Lobby & Personal Liberty

Does Hobby Lobby have the right to say “no” to Obamacare mandates? I just read this article and couldn’t agree more with the thoughtful evaluation. Americans of all stripes, most of them at least, consider religious liberty to be one of the signal achievements of the era of the American revolution. Why, then, are “Progressives” […]