May
15

Our Practical Oxymorons

written by JD

I preach a simple gospel, but must make disciple making very complex.

I support our missionaries, as long as they are pastors.

I want to see more people on the field, but must restrict the flow so only the high-capacity, one-man-band, charismatic-leaders get there.

I believe the local church is all we need for Jesus’ task, as long as we can get the parachurch to do the work for us.

I strongly believe in North American missions, but continue to operate from a pastoral–instead of an apostolic–missiology.

Our practical oxymorons make us comfortable, but they are not the way of Kingdom stewards.

They are terribly good, though.  Oh, to give them up would be bitter sweet!

4 Responses to “Our Practical Oxymorons”

  1. Charles

    J.D., have you already written on one of the topics above, “I strongly believe in North American missions, but continue to operate from a pastoral–instead of an apostolic–missiology” ??

    I feel this needs great attention in N America!

    Thanks for your reply.

  2. JD

    Yes, see the link above to other posts on this site related to your question.

  3. Scott Plavnick

    Even Jesus took 3 years to make 12 disciples, when devoted their full-time to it. Can we expect to do it in any less time?

  4. Wow I must confess this was very convicting. I find it too easy to keep apostolic missions at an arms length in our context.

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