The Great Scope of the Great Commission

A grammatically close look at Matthew’s account of the Great Commission reveals there’s really one verb in play: make disciples. This is modified by something quite important, however: of all nations. Here really is the core mandate of the Great Commission: spiritual reproduction without ethnic … Read More

Is it Missions or Mission?

The primary marching order for the church, the Great Commission, was given by Jesus and is recorded in all four of the Gospels as well as in Acts. Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the … Read More

Christ’s Last Words, Our First Concern

Over the next few weeks, I intend to post excerpts from a booklet I recently wrote for our church, a publication I subtitled “a little booklet about a big deal.” The big deal? Christ’s last words. Of course, we commonly know those last words as … Read More

Why I’m Thankful for My Fellow Pastors

One of the reasons I am ardently committed to a plurality of leadership in a local church is because pastors need pastors too. I’ve written about it before, and this month (Pastor Appreciation Month) is a prime opportunity to express specific reasons I am thankful … Read More

Poor Old David

Poor old David. He never had the chance to go to Disney World, see Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, ride Space Mountain, or visit Epcot Center. He never saw a Keurig, a gas grill, or an electric drill; he never knew the thrill of a home … Read More

Prioritize, Don’t Equalize, the Right to Life

It burdens me greatly that there is such a seemingly eager willingness among certain pockets of the current Christian community to lower the priority of working to stop the continued and tragic devastation that is occurring to the most vulnerable among us: the abortion of … Read More

“Our Staying, Standing, Securing Savior”

You’ve never had a more faithful friend than Jesus. Even if you’ve had really good friends, possibly great friends, you’ve never had a friend like Jesus. Why? Because only Jesus has stayed with you, stood by you, and secured you perfectly every time. When even … Read More

Spiritual Snacks

Remember as a kid, just before dinner, when you’d get that sudden urge to have a snack?  Even if the evening meal was only ten minutes away, it seemed impossible to wait; those cookies and milk were too irresistible! But remember the inevitable result?  It only satisfied … Read More