The strength of Western Christianity is wearing thin. Millions of young Christians are either leaving or living beyond the essentials of faith, and who can blame them? The life of faith modeled to them might be characterized as weak, distracted, compromised, and hypocritical. The McDonalidization of the church feeds on the consumeristic and materialistic idolatry […]
Three Future Realities for Western Missionaries
The year 2020 changed the world. Every person on earth can attest to this fact. Think of that. No other time in history can compare to the worldwide battle with COVID 19. Additionally, here in America, we experience profound conflict and change. As an American Christian and international Gospel worker, I am reminded of three […]
Should I Quit?
If you are like me, you like to be right. There is a foundational confidence that comes from the belief I am on the right side of morality, the right side of faith, the right side of justice, the right side of truth, and the right side of history. Being right in all aspects of […]
A Vaccine For Our Illness
The world waits eagerly for a vaccine for COVID-19 as the answer to the increasing threat to our health and security. Meanwhile, in the US, news from our cities resembles civil war. Divergent political and social tribes are warring against each other with ever increasing vitriol and violence. Fear drives many of the words and […]
Jesus, George Floyd, and President Trump
The world today is crying for leadership. Character. Strength. Values. Honesty. Humility. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called the Sons of God – Mt. 5:9 Peacemaking is about the love of others more than self, genuine apology, and repentant behavior. This type of leadership requires incarnation. It requires a relationship. It requires […]
5 Implications of COVID-19 for Church and Missions
Our Global Community is living hour by hour through perhaps the most challenging times in history. The future is unknown, but today I am thinking about implications for the future of Church and Missions. Here are some things I would like to see as a result of our current battle. The big business of Church […]
The Rising Sun of Non-Western Missionaries
For the non-Western church, the sun is rising in the world of missions. More and more countries outside the West are sending more and more missionaries to other nations. The Global church’s composition is increasingly from the South and East. This isn’t a new phenomenon. “The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity” by Philip […]
Being Woke in 21st Century Missions
Being or becoming “Woke” means, “being alert to injustice in society, especially racism.” Recently, the “whiteness” of much of modern-day missions is coming under fire, and for good reason. Like much of Western governmental aid to developing countries, the charitable motivation to help those in need is laced with power, manipulation, and privilege. Books like […]
Why Do You Do It?
Why are you involved with missions? What is the purpose of Christian missions? Around the world we see a teaming multitude of forms of mission endeavors. But why? Considering the wide spectrum of activity, the purpose of missions is not as clear as it may seem. In my last post, I presented the idea that […]
Are You A Missiologist?
Welcome to the Missiologist blog and community. My hope for this endeavor is to bring together a group of people interested in a dialogue about issues of missions. In short, a community of missiologists. Before you decide whether this is a place for you, please read on just a little further! Are you a missiologist? […]