December 17, 2017

Open Mic: Short-Term Mission Trips

By Chaplain Mike According to Warren Cole Smith in his book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (full review to come later this weekend), short-term mission trips may be more of a problem than a productive way of doing the work of Christ’s Kingdom. He cites Robert Priest, professor of mission and intercultural studies […]

“Pray, Give, and Go” Believers

By Chaplain Mike I was in Chicago over the weekend, and attended Wheaton Bible Church with my wife’s sister on Sunday. It has been our habit to worship at WBC when we visit the area. WBC is an established evangelical church in what used to be the “Mecca” of evangelical Christianity: Wheaton, Illinois, near Wheaton […]

A Ray of Hope in South Florida

By Chaplain Mike No, this isn’t about LeBron James, for heaven’s sake. It’s about a pastor that I admire more every time I read something about him or by him, or hear him speak. You may not be able to pronounce his name, but you will appreciate his message. He is Tullian Tchividijian, and he […]

Sunday’s Gospel: On a Mission with Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • 2 Kings 5:1-14 • Psalm 30 • Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16 • Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:1-20 (NRSV) After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to […]

What Is My Portion?

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 One of my daughters has travelled to more than a dozen countries in the last year, sometimes for work, sometimes […]

IM Book Review: The “Radical” Approach: Missio Dei, or Wretched Urgency?

By Chaplain Mike I both loved and was troubled by David Platt’s bold, clear book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. It’s an impressive first effort, but I have my concerns. For starters, the author must be deemed a prodigy. I mean, the guy was in his mid-20’s when he was called […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (3) Mission

By Chaplain Mike Note: When I originally ran this series on another blog, I introduced the “Mission” issue by telling the story “Who Is My Neighbor?” which was posted on IM January 20, 2010. You can read that post here. ROSES AND LILIES CHRISTIANITY This year, we held a series of Lenten services at our […]