Mega Shift Articles
Below you will find a list of all the articles related to the Mega Shift theme, including a short introductory excerpt.
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Following Jesus involves movement. This should not surprise us, yet it so often does. Jesus called us to follow Him, implying a definite and deliberate journey; in fact He said, “Follow Me and I will make you…” (Matthew 4:19). But so often we get this muddled. We focus on trying to make something out of […]
Our Gospel mandate is nothing less than the present (and increasing) Kingdom of God manifest on earth. Too often we’ve settled for false finish-lines captured most notably in phrases like, “The gospel of salvation” or “The gospel of the church”. As incredible as the miracle of salvation and God’s design for the ecclesia is, when […]
To be honest, the first time I heard the term simple church I recoiled from it as though one were suggesting we turn God’s idea of His ecclesia into something more “simplistic” to satisfy our own ends. However, this is not the intent at all. If I spoke of simplifying my life I would be referring […]
Can anyone have a pet dog? For sure. Should everyone? I’ve seen my share of neglected pets, whose owner’s simply did not consider the implications of how a family pet would fit into their hectic lives. Can anyone have a child? No doubt. Should everyone have a baby? Again, the challenges of such an immense […]
How do you run a meeting? How big can a simple church grow? How do you multiply? How do you involve the kids? How do you maintain doctrinal integrity? These, and others like them, are often the first questions I’m asked about simple church. However, bear with me when I say that how-to questions are not […]
Paul declared: “Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without a witness” (Acts 14:17). Historical research and the study of the origins of ancient civilizations confirm what we would expect. If God created mankind and was, therefore, at the roots of their existence, then surely—no matter how their basic belief systems may have “de-evolved” by today—there […]
Jesus implied that traditions can be more powerful than God’s Word (Matthew 15:6). How can that be? Simple – because we interpret (mostly subconsciously) God’s Word by our inherited traditions. We view God’s Word through “coloured” spectacles. If I wore red-tinted glasses my vision of the world about me would be “tainted” red. Likewise (yet […]
More than a few words get lost in translation, and sadly, this is one such word. Yet, the answer to this question, “What does ecclesia mean?”, is captured in this comparison: we’re contending for a Kingdom-shaped church not a church-shrunk kingdom. Continue reading as we look at this contrast and try to make heads or tails of […]
In an idealistic sense, when this question is phrased, “What’s wrong with the institutional church?” the answer is: nothing. God responds to the pure faith in His people’s hearts and He continues to bless and use many expressions of church. In an honest sense though, it doesn’t take rocket science to see the systemic inconsistencies […]
What’s the problem with hierarchical leadership? Can I shoot from the hip? We’re not built for it. We’re not designed to handle positional power or the celebrity-like adulation that often stems from it. It is simply not how God created us. Have you ever tried to play football with a brick or run your car […]
We are God’s missional people. Jesus said emphatically, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Whether this means we cross the seas or cross the street, God’s mission in the world ought to be our defining reference point for life and community. Certainly, the facts are in: if a simple […]
Authority … the dreaded A-word. For many, this word is the direct cause of sleepless nights and angry knee-jerk reactions. Of course, the abuse of authority is responsible for such feelings, but for those who have suffered abusive (or even misused) authority, it’s often difficult to separate the abuse from the truth. However, it is […]
Before we tackle apostolic alignment, let me ask you a question. Own a car? Then you know the importance of getting your wheels aligned if you want to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your treads. In like manner, to avoid unneeded wear and tear on my soul, I stay aligned with a group of […]
What is essential to Kingdom-advancing church unity and impact? This is, of course, a loaded question. The answer to what is essential to salvation (in the full sense of the word) is simpler. Jesus Christ is the clear and emphatic answer. But what is essential to church unity in light of the Kingdom of God; that is, […]
What is the goal of parenting? Short answer? Love. Longer answer? To enable our children to stand on their own feet as mature adults; in order to cooperate with Father God’s purpose in this world in keeping with their own unique call and gifting. Father God’s goal for us as individuals is the same. Short answer: love. […]
A penny for your thoughts: Why did God take Israel out of Egypt? God heard the cry of His people and sent Moses to bring them out of Egyptian bondage. Besides their obvious freedom from oppression, the question is why? (Hint: yes, this is all about the priesthood of all believers). Most people would answer […]
What do you think God really wants? Why is God shaking the institutions of this world, both religious and secular? The way we attempt to answer these questions either highlights the hope we have or may even unmask the fear or fatalism we harbour. It’s into this line of questioning that “training for reigning” emerges. […]
For many, the answer to this question is so obviously a resounding, “Yes!” that it hardly requires a second thought – let alone an entire article. However, there is an important issue at stake in raising and answering this question. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14 26, “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come […]
Few issues foment more vehement knee-jerk reactions from otherwise calm people than money matters. While we all know the importance of financial giving, having felt frequently manipulated over the issue of finances and uncomfortably perturbed that so much ‘church money’ is spent on staff salaries, building and maintenance, many exploring simple church1 throw the baby […]
If you’re going to build a house, who do you call on first? An architect, of course. This doesn’t mean the architect is more important than the builder, plumber, plasterer or painter – not at all; only that the architect also has a distinct role to play. In like manner, apostles are God-given “architects” in the […]
First, it is important to qualify that simple church is essentially a communal way of missional life rather than merely a specific group of people who meet in a certain way. However, an out-working of simple church is doing life with a specific group of people; finding a meaningful rhythm of life together (which will include […]
If you ever wanted to sabotage a simple church community, it’s very easy. First, infiltrate the group you’ve targeted by putting on your warmest smile. Be liberal with your use of flattery; phrases like, “This is the most loving bunch of people I’ve ever met” or “This is the closest thing to New Testament church […]
What is the crying need of our age? When Jesus looked out at the masses, He was moved with compassion for them, “because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). The crying need in Jesus’ day remains the crying need of ours: shepherd-hearted leaders1. Or, as the Bible calls them, […]
As recipients of the grace of God, our greatest pleasure lies in being a child of God. This is both an issue of identity and relationship. Our identity is anchored in the Father-heart of God and all essence flows from the relationship we have with Him as a functional father in our lives. As a […]
I am fully persuaded that this is one of the most profound questions of our day. “Where are the sons?” It seems that in almost every culture on this war-torn planet, the role of the father is smudged, ridiculed, distorted or even erased from society. An orphan spirit of epic proportions lies at the decayed […]
This is a rather chunky article and I’d like to ask the reader upfront to read the other articles related to apostolic teams1 so I can avoid too much repetition here. I’m sure that only those who are exploring what an apostolic team means for themselves will wade through this article, but I do think it […]
For well over a decade now, one of my great pleasures has been learning the art and graft of team building, fussing with the question, “How do we build teams that multiply?”; overcoming significant obstacles such as huge geographical distances and massive cultural differences in the process. It has also been, without question, my biggest […]
This is a question often asked today: “Why put such a focus on the nations … we have such great need on our very own door-step?” This is a good question … sort of. “Sort of” because there are sadly those who ask this question who have no commitment to the need on our door-step. […]
The power of story never ceases to amaze me. Of course, even the Bible is the Story of God containing many, many accounts of how He intervened in the stories of His people. Continue reading as I share our beginnings in answer to the question “How did your story begin?” Looking back, there was some […]
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