Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"
Aug 29, 2011
“In. . . but not of” — are you familiar with this popular phrase? It captures a truth about Jesus’ followers. We are “in” this world, but not “of” it. “In. . . but not…
Sent into the Harvest
Halloween on Mission
Oct 26, 2011
What if a crisp October wind blew through “the way we’ve always done things” at Halloween?
Sent into the World: Jesus’ Mission and Ours
Dec 22, 2011
A danger lurks in our endeavors to live incarnationally. Danger, yes, but not deterrent. It is a risk worth taking, though not treating lightly. The danger is that we can subtly begin to key on ourselves, rather than Jesus, when…
Let’s Revise the Popular Phrase “In, But Not Of”
Aug 29, 2012
Let’s revise the popular phrase “in the world, but not of the world.” Christians are not of this world, to be sure, but they are sent into it.
True Holiness Befriends Sinners
Sep 10, 2012
The pursuit of holiness may keep you from bad company. But it also might lead you to keep some pretty bad company.
Hospitality and the Great Commission
Oct 2, 2012
Increasingly, the most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes.
What to Do with a Told Gospel
Oct 8, 2012
It was a beautiful Saturday morning, the kind nobody in Minnesota takes for granted. The sun was running strong, the air was happy, the sky had never been more blue. My family and I were finishing up breakfast outside when…
The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission
Feb 21, 2013
There is one Christian mission. We need not be torn between casting our support behind mission among a reached people and missions to the unreached.
The Mission of Saint Patrick
Mar 17, 2013
Don’t forget to wear your green today. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Before thumbing your nose at all the carousing and empty revelry that much of the day has become, it’s worth taking at least a brief glance at the inspiring…
Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me
May 1, 2013
The Book of Acts is clearly one of the most action-packed segments in the storyline of Scripture. The title, “The Acts of the Apostles,” cues us in on this clue from the start. As many commentators have suggested, a more…
May Jesus’s Name Be Known Through Me
Jan 27, 2015
Jesus came on mission, lived on mission, died on mission, and left his disciples — including all of us who follow him today — on mission. Conversion is about commission, not just salvation, because we’re not saved to be saved, but saved to be sent.