Missions Misunderstood » Theology

Posted December 24th, 2010 by E. Goodman

As I think about the Christmas story, I can’t get Galatians 4:4 off my mind. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are […]

Tags: Christmas, Jesus

Posted September 17th, 2010 by E. Goodman

This is my 9th post in a series on developing a new missiology. Previously: Access Isn’t Everything The truth is, our missiology comes down to our understanding of who God is and how active He is in the spread of the gospel. What is the goal of missions? For some, it’s a crusade against other […]

Tags: election, Missiology, Unreached People Groups

Filed under:Missiology, Theology Posted September 10th, 2009 by E. Goodman

I spend a lot of time thinking about how we market missions. I know there are lots of people out there trying to advocate for unreached people and raise support for missionaries working among them. But usually, it seems that missions marketers (they prefer the word “mobilizers) appeal to the “doing” side of things. They […]

Tags: Going, Real Christians

Filed under:Christianity, Missiology, Theology Posted December 6th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’m convinced that ministry these days is far too pragmatic. Missionaries desperate to see tangible results busy themselves searching for “what works.” Missions strategies and approaches to ministry are almost always based on whether or not they seem likely to produce results. On a pretty regular basis, I receive advice from colleagues and supporters on […]

Tags: Pragmatism, what works

Filed under:Communication, Misunderstood, Strategy, Theology Posted December 5th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Talking about Jesus can be a strange thing to do. Sometimes, when speaking to an unbelieving friend, I make passing mention of Him just to gauge their reaction. A knowing nod makes me feel at ease; I’m put on guard when I note a disapproving purse of the lips. I try never to assume that […]

Filed under:Communication, Theology Posted June 18th, 2007 by E. Goodman

I’ve always been taught to do what Jesus would do. So much so, that the question of “what” Jesus would do completely eclipsed the concept of “why.” Jesus was selfless and always put other people’s needs before His own. He spent time in public with people who were known as sinners and drunks. Jesus kept […]

Filed under:Missions, Misunderstood, Theology Posted March 9th, 2006 by E. Goodman

In my experience, people who are less modern tend to be more fatalistic. We don’t normally believe that what we do will make a difference in the world. Sure, I’ll keep on recycling, but because it’s the right thing to do, not because it’s going to save the environment. I don’t believe that buying a […]

Tags: postmodernism, reformed

Filed under:Misunderstood, Theology Posted March 3rd, 2006 by E. Goodman

One of things I struggle with is our tenancy to separate the spiritual from the social. You know, the idea that we shouldn’t get caught up in social issues because we’re working to see people’s soul’s saved. I’ve heard this type of thing a lot. The other day I read a blog post that said: […]

Tags: Holy Spirit

Filed under:Missiology, Missions, Theology Posted December 21st, 2005 by E. Goodman

All believers know the good news about Jesus, and most are able to sum it up in a few phrases. “Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life… All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” These things are true, and part of the gospel, but they are not the […]

Tags: gospel

Filed under:Christianity, Theology 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

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