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Today's post is a follow-up to yesterday's post on "5 Things The House Church Movement Is Getting Right". It was loosely inspired by a recording I did recently for the Fire On Your Head Podcast with Mark Burgess and Shaun Wissmann, both missionaries to Peru, regarding the subject of "missional community". As I mentioned in the previous post, I was going to try writing a balanced approach, but when I sat down and wrote a list of pros and cons, the list of negatives came much more easily for me. [Continue reading...]
Recently I recorded an episode of the Fire On Your Head Podcast on the subject of missional community with Mark Burgess, and Shaun Wissmann, both missionaries to Peru. There is a difference as to what a house church is and what an missional community is, and many churches use both. Subsequently, this post won’t necessarily delve into those differences, but as I was getting ready to edit and then publish that particular show, I couldn’t help but think of some conversations I’ve had with [Continue reading...]
Today's post is the first in a new category I'm christening that I'll just nickname 'coffee thoughts', until or unless I come up with something better. The idea behind it is kinda like just random or general opinions I feel like sharing, but doing so during the morning as I'm reading email, proof reading a more detailed blog post or meditating on the Scriptures. What will make this type of post different is that it will be much shorter, and I don't foresee writing them every day, but they will [Continue reading...]
I've been giving thought to what makes someone 'a missionary'. I've been living abroad since 2006, with the exception of nearly a year in Canada before transitioning from living in The Netherlands, to living in Peru where I currently reside going on three years strong. Part of me used to get irked on the inside, I will admit, when I listen to people say "you don't need to go to another country to be a missionary" which is true. However, I used to feel like the majority of people I heard say that [Continue reading...]

Invitation vs. Challenge

March 23, 2012 — 4 Comments
I've been thinking a lot about encouragement and rebuke. As I progress more in the missional community I'm a part of, here in Chorrillos, Peru, I'm learning more and more about different ways of training disciples and growing the Body of Christ.  We use a lot of methods put out by Mike Breen1, One of the phrases I've caught onto very fast is "invitation vs. challenge." Meaning, how you encourage and invite people and [Continue reading...]
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The following is a short excerpt which has been expounded on as a chapter in my new book, 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues. -- Steve --------------------------- And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak [Continue reading...]