Category Archives: Mission

God’s Mission

It is true that God has predetermined good works for us to do before the foundation of the world. It has been so hard to reconcile this fact in my mind because of the implications of it. So many conclusions can be drawn by just thinking over this fact. Ultimately, this means that God is the main character in every person’s life (really all of creation to be technically correct). Honestly speaking, there is a part of me that just doesn’t like it…I want to be important. I want to be significant. I always have. Ever since I could remember I have felt like I was special and that someday I would do great things that would leave people in awe. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 2 of 2)

I’ve recently been invited to sit in our church staff meetings. The leadership often repeats the statement, “gospel growth in the context of family while living on mission,” as our philosophy for discipleship. However, I have never really understood what it meant practically, so the statement had no impact on my life. Well last week, our senior leader explained it and provided scriptural basis for it. It blew my mind. It was fairly hard to hear, primarily because it rattled my worldview. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 1 of 2)

I had one of the most refreshing revelations this week. It has really put me in a different frame of mind and I am so grateful to God for revealing to me truths about his nature that free me up to truly love people. For years, I have noticed that when I am truly honest about myself, I don’t genuinely care about people. If you know just a little about me this might come as a shock, because you know that I am in full-time vocational ministry. To be fair, I cared enough to have a burden for hurting youth, but I sincerely struggle with caring for their hearts. In other words, I can view people as projects in many respects…I know this sounds terrible, but I need grace just as much as the next person. Continue reading

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The Coming Storm

The urgency of urban missions is knocking at our door. The knock is getting louder and louder with each passing day. The statistics are alarming and if we continue to ignore them, culture will throw out Christianity and we won’t even notice it happened. We’ll just feel it. Continue reading

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Being Missional in the City

Tim Keller puts out great information on ministry in the city and how to do it. I listened to this sermon and thought it would be of interest to anyone who has a heart for missions in the city. Feel free to let me know what you think after listening.

http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sites/sermons2.redeemer.com/files/sermons/2-01_Belonging_to_a_Missional_Church.mp3

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Win the City…Win the World

     I read an article by Timothy Keller that spoke of the significance of the city and it’s theme throughout the scriptures. It rocked me to say the least. I have such a desire to see effective ministry in the city and it is so refreshing to know that my passion for urban environments lines up with God’s heart. I’ve questioned my call before only to have God provide some form of reassurance but, this article was one more reassuring gift God graced me with. Continue reading

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A “Cross Cultural” Mission

We’ve been on the mission field for a little over a year and a half but, just this past Tuesday I felt for the first time like a cross cultural missionary. Some of you, as I, might find this surprising because I’m an African-American predominately seeking to reach other African-Americans. The term cross cultural missionary is typically ascribe to the missionary who leaves their home to be a witness to a people group in a different part of the world. This change from one culture to another may necessitate learning a new language, behavior expectations, recreational activities, etc. It is obvious that when one person leaves his home and travels to another country that the degrees of separation would be much greater than someone who may go from one region to another however, the need to be a learner of culture is still necessary. Continue reading

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