Our job is to point people to Jesus, but in order to do that, we have to start with where they are, not with where we think they should be. This means that we have to listen and learn.
Some excellent and controversial thoughts from a very good book.
A short overview of Colossians. The heart of mission is about presenting Jesus to people; telling his story and declaring his glory. However, if our actions don't match our words, then our words are meaningless.
Thoughts on narrative, propositional logic and why Paul is so popular!
Some final thoughts from Acts: why we need to take note of Apollos.
The whole of Paul's teaching summed up in one (very long) sentence. Can you do any better?
Paul's genius was to take the Old Testament Scriptures and to re-read them, gaining fresh insight and understanding on the basis of the way he saw the missionary Spirit at work in the church.
How do you show you love your children? Not by spending time with them, reading to them and playing silly games, but by buying them expensive presents. Things are what counts (and incidentally, an iPad makes a great baby sitter).
By promising big things, we are usurping God's role in mission. He is the one who brings growth, not us, and we need to avoid making any claims that suggest otherwise.
Messianic and missional reading of the Old Testament - that's what Jesus instructed his disciples to do. We have been fairly good at the first, but pretty lamentable at the second.