what’s left in the Great Commission

Category: Observations

Covid-19: June observations

I haven’t done a summary update related to Covid-19 in a while. I’m doing this one now, and will try to do a new summary observation post at least once a month. Source: New York Times, 7/1/2020 The statistics...

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Gospel vectors

1. ‘Viral growth’ is a frequently-discussed topic today. This is true for several reasons. One obvious cause is the impact of Covid-19 over the past few months. But there are ‘ideas’ and ‘fads’ as well: Seth Godin wrote a...

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Church growth, 1910 to 2010

The graph below charts a century of church growth from 1910 to 2010 based on data from the Atlas of Global Christianity, with each dot at the intersection between its 1910 and 2010 populations. To make the graph more readable,...

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Sometimes, worship songs and approaches to things that happen around us feel jarring. “Our weapon is a melody,” we sang in one song in church recently. Decades earlier, I remember an old Petra song with the refrain,...

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Cuts in refugee policy

The recent cuts in the number of refugees who will be accepted in the United States remind us we shouldn’t rely on governments and governmental policy to do our job for us. We have often over the past few years said...

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Long-term conversations

When it comes to bringing the Gospel to a person and making disciples, there are four kinds of people you can be: You can be the one who prepares the ground: removing rocks from the soil, turning over the dirt, and generally...

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There is a solution

If you’re here, it’s probably because you are interested in at least two things: (1) missions and (2) the unreached. You probably resonate with the simple problem that I articulate over and over again: there are...

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