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Posted December 5th, 2005 by E. Goodman

We spend our efforts trying to convince those around us of the existence of God, when we ought to be searching for effective ways to communicate our relationship to Him. This is only possible through relationship. We know that communication is more than words, and that’s why God’s design makes use of personal human interaction […]

Tags: Communication, incarnation

Filed under:Communication, Missions, Strategy Posted December 5th, 2005 by E. Goodman

The fundamental problem with “unfinished Task” strategy is that it substitutes evangelism for the Great Commission idea of discipleship. Evangelism is not the same thing as Missions. In fact, there are many good and well-respected mission sending agencies that have built strategies and missiologies around a profound misunderstanding of the missionary task. Somewhere along the […]

Tags: discipleship, evangelism

Filed under:Evangelism, Missiology, Misunderstood Posted December 5th, 2005 by E. Goodman

It wasn’t long ago that Dr. Henry Blackaby was our “It” guy. His wildly popular book and Bible study giude Expereincing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, was a huge seller for Lifeway, and the SBC was happy to push it as the answer for Sunday School, small groups, discipleship, youth groups, and […]

Tags: experiencing god, Holy Spirit

Filed under:Communication, Theology Posted December 5th, 2005 by E. Goodman

When we first started dialoguing with the IMB about becoming career missionaries, they really drove home the fact that we needed to be sure of our calling. We were asked to describe the occasion of our individual call to missions, and then we were to relay a time when that call was affirmed. We had […]

Tags: calling

Filed under:Christianity, Missions Posted December 5th, 2005 by E. Goodman

Part of what we do as missionaries is “mobilization,” educating people back home about what we do in order that God might by our stories call some to the field. But in an effort to recruit more workers, many have taken to using “lostness” statistics in order to guilt the willing into overseas service. I’ve […]

Tags: Mobilization, workers

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Misunderstood