Becoming a Missiologist

Chilly —  July 26, 2014 — 4 Comments

It seems that I’m constantly seeking to understand and apply God’s calling and destiny. I have no doubt that He has called me and that He has laid a path before me that is unique to my anointing and giftings. What is so challenging is that the way I grew up, and was taught in seminary, often seems to be a complete paradox to the very place & culture where God has led me to impact… so, my quest is to become a missiologist.

mediaTrendsWikipedia: describes “Missiology“, or mission science, as the area of practical theology which investigates the mandate, message and work of the Christian missionary. Missiology is a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural reflexion on all aspects of the propagation of the Christian faith, embracing theology, anthropology, history, geography, theories and methods of communication, comparative religion, Christian apologetics, methodology, and interdenominational relations.

One of a missiologist’s most difficult challenges is to distinguish between: a) practices that are essential to Christianity and therefore must be practiced by Christians in all cultures, and b) other strictly cultural expressions of Christianity that can be changed and adapted to a different culture. You know, leaving what’s sacred alone but adjusting those things that are cultural so that they have the ultimate impact.

I have not fully grasped all the dynamics of missiology, especially as it pertains to my current call, but I am enjoying my time in the lab! With each page I turn of His Word and with each amazing lecture spoken to my heart by His Spirit, I become more and more aware of who I am, where I am, and why… and even greater, I become more and more aware of WHO HE IS - knowing that He is with me and that His purpose we be completed in and through my life…

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 msg.

on a mission… for life! Chilly

 Q: Where are you at in this adventure of calling & mission?

Living a Riddle.

Chilly —  July 25, 2014 — 43 Comments

The following is a repost, (from May 22, 2014), straight from my journal… 

Have you ever found yourself absolutely lost right in the middle of God’s perfect will? It’s like you totally know that He has you where He has you for a purpose — there’s obvious signs that there’s destiny in your existence — and yet, there’s so much uncertainty and wonder. It’s not a fear thing, or even a confusion thing; because God’s right there. And yet, you still find yourself holding your breath at times as you stare into space searching for significance and some sort of structure that puts everything into perspective.

LifeIsRiddleYou are confident of God’s calling but you can’t seem to find the job description, title, position or opportunity to do the things that make you come totally alive. You feel like you’re close… really close but, then again, you’re not even sure that you would know it if you ran right into it. Like lava churning in your heart, when you try to explain what’s happening, even to God, it blows like a volcano in all directions, loudly, quickly and recklessly.

So, you press on. Serve. Listen. Wait…

I don’t want those who read this to think I’ve lost my mind, but then again, I certainly don’t want them to think I’ve got it all together either. I’m called ‘pastor’ at two great churches, I’m also called: husband, father, son, brother, leader, minister, presbyter, entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, coach, friend, neighbor, director, reverend, staff, evangelist, discipler and captain. That’s a lot of hats to wear! And, I’m still not sure that I’m doing all that I’m supposed to be doing (or not doing). Continue Reading…

…an honest look at really knowing Christ…

proclaim-itThen he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat – I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Luke 9:23

1. Many people today CLAIM Jesus Christ.

    • They talk about Christ. You know, everyone’s a “christian”…
    • They do many activities in Jesus’ name. Hookin’ up JC… ugh.
    • Many claim to be followers of Jesus. Until He asks for sacrifice & surrender…
    • However, are they really true disciples?  Where’s the proof…

2. CLAIMING and NAMING Christ is not always Knowing Christ.

    • Claim Christ as Savior, but not receiving Him as Lord. Free ticket to heaven, please…
    • Claim to receive Christ, yet lives never change, do not become “new creatures in Christ.” I know and that’s what counts… oh really?
    • Claim salvation, but show no desire to know Him better. He knows… we’re cool…
    • Claim to follow Christ, but never any examination of self! Don’t judge me…
    • Claim to bear the cross, but little time for Bible meditation and prayer. It’s a personal thing…
    • Claim to be His child, but never use the gifts He bestows upon us. Don’t need to show off…

3. Christ calls us to die. PERIOD.

    • Christ’s true followers die to self on cross. Bye-bye YOU!
    • Christ’s true followers bear their crosses. Livin’ it LOUD daily!
    • Christ’s true followers are in love with Him. Can’t touch my JOY!
    • Christ’s true followers march steadily and continually forward on the narrow path of life, which leads to true discipleship and a heavenly home. I can look at myself and see ONLY Him!

Artificial or Authentic?

Chilly —  July 23, 2014 — 2 Comments

authenticGod desires that our service, worship, witness, sacrifice, confession and love ALL be authentic. Yet, if we’re not careful, it’s way too easy to offer Him fake, plastic, versions … yeah, we give Him what we think He wants or what we wish we possessed or were.  But this causes us to allow deceit into what is sacred and ultimately we, ourselves, begin to accept & believe the lie. We become artificial… a fraud – and yes, like a china town rolex, without close examination most are fooled (including us).

We must lay before him what is in us, not what ought to be in us. ~ C.S. Lewis

Let’s examine our hearts. Are you artificial or authentic? God knows, do you?

Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Romans 12:9

… becoming more & more Authentic, Chilly

5 Questions:

  1. Are you a poser or the real thing?
  2. How do you know?
  3. What do you do to ensure you stay on the authentic path?
  4. Who, in your life, doesn’t put up with your games?
  5. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being most), how authentic are you?

(Number your comments 1-5 … let’s talk this out)

Worthy

Chilly —  July 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

nail-scarred-handsChrist died for men precisely because men are not
worth dying for; t
o make them worth it.
” C.S. Lewis

HE died in order to make US worth it - what an unbelievably humbling thought. Just take a moment or two and really let this thought sink in…

How can I grasp this kind of love and sacrifice? And, how should I respond? Ultimately, I think the only way to maintain the ‘worth’ He has given me, is to do the very thing He made me to do (and be).

But my life is WORTH NOTHING unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love. Acts 20:24

worthless without Him, chilly