PENSÉES

I have had a vision for a while to write a book on Philosophy of Ministry. At present it is only a series of fragments which I have, on loan from Blaise Pascal, titled the Pensées (thoughts). It will be a book about the Great Commission and pastoral missionary work, the kind Jesus did and passed on. Consider everything you read a work in progress. With more time, they would be more frequent than they are.

One Habit of Highly Successful Churches

One of the main problems of successful churches is over-recruitment.  In our time what success means in a church tends to breed more success.  The bigger the church, the more people will come to it. Jesus enunciated it in a very simple law. 

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Missionaries and the World

Missionaries are better prepared than government diplomats to meet and lift the neediest people.  Wendell Willkie reported after his trip around the world that he found the missionaries were the most popular foreigners in every country.  Our ambassadors and consuls mingle with the officials and the élite of other countries.  Missionaries work in the hovels

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Simple-minded Anti-Institutionalism

I’m interested in the institutions [of American life] and how they are changing.  I think we are as people in the United States at least, very simple-minded about institutions.  We really don’t understand them.  Above all, we often think we’re not involved in them.  That we’re just out there being individuals.  And yet the institutional

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The Cult of Textualism

A generation ago, as a reaction from Higher Criticism and its offspring, Modernism, there arose in Protestantism a powerful movement in defense of the historic Christian faith.  This, for obvious reasons, came to be known as Fundamentalism.  It was a more or less spontaneous movement without much organization, but its purpose wherever it appeared was

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Lonely Spirituality

The willingness to take risks requires an unusual kind of devotion. How do pioneers sustain themselves in their work, considering the sacrifices they make, the isolation and loneliness they feel, and the misunderstandings that arise as a result of their mission work. Where do they find the courage to take so many risks and sacrifice

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Postmodernism as Christianity’s Liberator

Q: Would you agree that there has always been a strain within Christianity that has had a low view of reason? DW: Yes. Q: And could you not contemplate or see that strain of Christianity joining with the postmodernists . . .? DW: Indeed, that has happened and there are many quarters of theological education

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Dallas Willard’s Ministry

I don’t know if the modesty is false or real but I just can’t stand to promote my own stuff.  So you know the Scripture verse that says, “He that tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted.”  I haven’t been able to find that in the Bible.  Dallas Willard, 1985 This

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Willard and Calvin

Calvin takes a beating.  You know, Calvinism did not become an incredible world-beating movement by emphasizing “the five points.”  It became an incredible world-beating movement because it brought incredible life to people in all kinds of situations and that is the heart of Calvinism. Dallas Willard, 2010

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Identifying Your Spiritual Gifts

This is actually a deep and important topic in my understanding (which may be wrong).  Because I think when you start looking for your [spiritual] gifts you are apt to be misled by natural talents.  The work of the Spirit in our life is not primarily manifested in terms of gifts.  It is primarily manifested

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Knowledge Missions 2

More on a theme from a previous post from an interview with Dallas Willard with wisdom for us knowledge missionaries.  Source: Subversive Interview – Part 2 Relevant Magazine: “Let me ask you this. I have been reading through the works of A.W. Tozer and Charles Finney and I am amazed at the drastic contrast between

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What God Cares About in Church

It is my observation that most of the new churches that have been started are no better than the ones which preceded them.  That’s because missionaries or church planters assumed God was most concerned about people coming to church.  When in reality God is most concerned about who the people coming to church are becoming.

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On Promoting Spiritual Growth

“How you come to believe is another one of those matters we need to speak of. See the primary responsibility for the regeneration and growth of the people in the kingdom of God lies upon the ministers of the Word of God, people who do things like I do, standing around here talking to you.

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