I’m challenged to relate the vision God has been shaping in me… in under 500 pages. In many ways, I’m still learning to express it: to find the words that will communicate, and the boldness to write them. To express something that is far, far bigger than I am — which I have no hope of ever accomplishing apart from God. I’m not so much worried that He won’t come through… I’m freaked out that He will!
Let’s start with the basics. Jesus told us to “seek first” the Kingdom of God and pray for it to come into fullness. Towards that end, He’s given us a specific task: make disciples who obey Him, who will in turn make more disciples. This is the indispensable task, the foundational activity in growing God’s Kingdom. Everything else should build on this principle — including Doxalyst. Continue
Over the last year or so, the Lord has been been revealing and refining a vision in my heart: using media and technology to accelerate movements of disciples making disciples in communities, cities, and regions worldwide. This vision is far bigger than me, and quite daunting… I honestly have no idea about the how, only the Who. As with any big step of faith, there’s bound to be twists and turns, setbacks and jumps forward that must be taken in stride.
This vision remains my heart and passion; but I won’t be pursuing it under Greater Europe Mission. When I joined GEM last Spring, I saw the immigrant ministry a place to launch the vision in the context of a specific missional objective. But a recent, unforeseen change in leadership has left GEM IM fractured with some of the team moving on to other places and others shifting within GEM. This left me in a lurch, and my initial reaction was an admittedly whiny prayer, “Lord, I can’t handle more change!” Continue
At the core of our mission and vision, both my own focus and that of the larger effort with European immigrants, is the concept of “discipleship movements.” Like other phrases in the “Christianese” lexicon, it’s shorthand for a very deep and compelling truth that risks becoming so familiar it loses meaning. What’s more, it begs a critical question that must be answered in a Biblical way: What does it really mean to follow Jesus?
Jesus used a lot of “organic” analogies in describing life in His Kingdom. Perhaps it was appropriate for His ancient, agrarian audience; but they were not “simple.” But I think these illustrations speak to use because the One who designed the physical world has also designed the spiritual one as well. Continue
Here’s the gist of my new mission: I’m headed to a continent that is home to great cathedrals but awash in spiritual darkness. I’ll be with a team working to make disciples who make disciples in immigrant communities. Many of these people are lost in a deceptive religion of shame and fear. And from this context, I’ll be pursuing the vision God’s given me for developing technology tools and media strategies to accelerate the growth of discipleship movements in communities and cities around the world.
There are three things that are clear in my mind. First, it will only happen if God provides exponential, super-natural quantities of power, provision, and wisdom — far more than I can even imagine. Second, this is a spiritual battle; our Enemy has a stronghold on this continent and amongst the people, both natives and immigrants. The reality is that no kingdom ever takes the territory of another without battle. Continue
I’ve been eager to share some big news, but had to wait until it was official… I have accepted a missionary appointment with Greater Europe Mission (GEM). After a lot of prayer, reflection, and counsel I realized that it was time to boldly launch into a new season of ministry. I am leaving Campus Crusade for Christ with a heart thankful for the privilege of serving with both the US Campus Ministry and Global Media Outreach.
A walk of faith is rarely a clear, level, path. But lately it’s seemed more like climbing a ladder… in the fog. I know what rung I’m standing on, and I am compelled by love and obedience to reach for the next one up. I can only trust that this ladder of faith is firmly anchored on God’s loving and wise sovereignty. The base stands on His promises; the top reaches to the dreams He’s planted in my heart. Continue
I’ve been feeling a bit like Abraham lately. “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land… He went without knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)
It’s become clear that my next step in life and ministry is somewhere other than San Jose. But I’m not sure where that will be…. Over the last few months, I’ve been exploring several different ministry options. God has also been re-igniting a vision that he first planted in me a few years ago. In fact, many of the experiences and the new understandings God has brought my way since then have further expanded and shaped this vision. Continue