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Selling and Sending: Two Postures for the Church

Missional Field Notes

From Forge: Dallas:

There are two competing postures for the people of God today: a church of consumers, demanding goods and services, and a church of missionaries, sent and sending into the world. These compete for the minds of Christians. Every church functions according to one or the other. Every disciple stands on these two foundations for life, two theological bases for making decisions, two postures that shape all we do: selling or sending.

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David Platt — On the Church’s Role in Discipleship

If the church doesn’t make discipleship a priority, there is no point in spending energy building programs.

Missional Field Notes

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What is Roots? (And how you can help)

Little Pearls of Cambodia

I know I’ve said this more than one hundred times, but I’ll say it again, I am blown away by what happens when people come together. I consider myself the lucky one as I get to see Roots unfold in person, but for all of those that are a part (and there are many) I will try my best to take pictures and post pictures on Facebook so you can see this miracle unfold, too.

The project, Roots, is in a seaside town in Cambodia. We are here to partner with local believers so that they can get equipped, grow, and be free to be whatever God has called them to be. There are no churches in Kep currently, which makes it quite difficult for local Christians. So, that’s how Roots began.

Our hope is to be more than a building people attend, but an organic, way of life where…

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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine: Very serious crisis developing, evocative of Germany in the 1930s.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

ukraine-map UPDATED: ( Washington, D.C.) — Here is a deeply disturbing article in the USA Today that I encourage you to read and share with others.

As I write about in The Auschwitz Escape, Adolf Hitler made similar legal moves against the Jewish people in the early 1930s, separating them out from the rest of the population. We know where it led — the Final Solution and the gas chambers a few years later. We cannot yet say where the leaders of Donetsk are going with this, but clearly such moves bode ill.

Please pray for the Jewish people in Crimea and throughout Ukraine, for safety and protection and for the Lord to truly bless them amidst this crisis and beyond.

Please also pray for Israeli leaders and other Jewish leaders as they determine how to respond to these developments. It is possible that soon Israel will have to begin airlifting…

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Five Reasons Why The Blood Moon Prophecy is Just Bad Math

Sean Holloway


There are some very fascinating astronomical things happening in our solar system that started today. Last night, the full moon entered the shadow of the earth and created a cool looking and unique appearance that is different from the typical appearance of the moon. While the color of the moon during this eclipse is not always the same, and depends on different factors, last night’s was the more expected red colored “blood moon.” A blood moon is when there is a lunar eclipse at the same time as a full moon in the lunar cycle. But there is something more unusual about this particular occurrence. It is the first of four consecutive similar lunar events. There will be four more blood moons in the next 18 months. This sequence is called a tetrad. These four eclipses will occur on April 15th, 2014 (today), Oct 8th, 2014, April 4th, 2015, and…

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The British Humanist Association Part 1 – “How do we know what is true?”


The British Humanist Association this week launched four short videos on the internet to help better explain what Humanism is and what Humanists stand for. Each of them is narrated very professionally by the actor Stephen Fry. Since they touch on discussions common to philosophy, theology and ethics I would like to suggest some responses one could make to them from a theistic perspective.

Take a good look at the final portrait:

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I’m reminded of a scene in the film, Donnie Darko, where Donnie’s teacher insists he pick a view from the two available options. Donnie tries to explain to the teacher that life is not as straightforward as she is suggesting and that he cannot accept the dichotomy she is attempting to force on him. This picture ends up looking something like that. Over on the right we have superstition and religion (bad – “Boooo!”) and on the left…

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A Victim Treats His Mugger Right

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
February 28, 2001

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,'” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on…

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Bold Engagement to Uncover Depth of Knowing

Encounter. Encourage. Engage.

elephant and books The best way to discover what you believe and bring depth to what you think is to get out of the classroom and into the laboratory. It’s good to study, consider and develop belief based in reading, reasoning and rationale and it’s altogether better to learn why it matters. Engagement with people and circumstances turns belief into encounter. Encounter brings context and context brings greater understanding.

I know from Scripture that:

  • Jesus is the son of God who came to restore us to the Father.
  • Adoption as sons is available through the blood of Jesus.
  • Through Him, I can be an heir and co-laborer in the Kingdom of God.
  • As a son, I don’t have to strive to provide, protect or promote myself.
  • My Dad takes care of that in His love for me.

Believing in a vacuum isn’t as powerful as knowing through experience. It’s an immature faith until…

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Reaction to the Cost of the Calling

The cost of discipleship: death to self.

Encounter. Encourage. Engage.

magnetic forseSalt is a mineral, not a spice. True salt will always be salt. Things can taste salty from their proximity to salt but that doesn’t make them salt. Salt remains salt without compromise. If salt lost its flavor, it wasn’t salt in the first place and never had any eternal value as salt.

Jesus concludes His challenge of the crowd that follows Him in Luke 14 with a metaphor of salt and it’s saltness. He says that salt without its flavor is worthless. It’s no longer of any value as salt or as manure.

This isn’t the Jesus that we often picture with a lamb around his shoulders. He’s calling out kings and the position of royalty He is offering has great worth, but cannot be obtained from the middle ground of compromise. You’re either royalty or you’re not. There are no common kings.

What was the result? A church…

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Demonized, 19th Century Missionary Caricature Vindicated by Meticulous Academic

We all know him.  The narrow, preachy, white, colonial missionary who disrupted indigenous cultures world-over during the hey-day of imperial powers.  He is guilty of bringing euro-culture and displacing tribal customs.  He is rumored to have a colonial agenda, rather than a great-commission heart.  He is ugly.  And he is real!  But as it turns out, his impact is far outweighed by far more numerous missionaries that had a positive impact, doing work that many evangelicals today would consider markedly liberal.  I always had a feeling that the caricature was very 2 dimensional.  Thanks to Dr. Woodberry, we know the truth.

“Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.”

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