I enjoy teaching, although there were times when it was a bit trying—like when I was lecturing and my students were playing games on their computers or listening to music on their cell phones. I especially enjoy teaching adult Sunday school classes because I enjoy and learn a lot from the preparation and the interaction […]


There is no question that some people have something to say and others care less if anything is said at all. It’s the nature of humans to communicate or to ignore it. For those who wish to speak, there is often something compelling them to speak, something important or something trivial. Nevertheless, words are uttered […]

With gentleness and respect

I like to try to explain why I believe in God and Jesus Christ. It not only affirms what I feel to be true but allows me to reaffirm it in my heart. but, I also hope that I can help those who are searching for truth to find it. I hear the rhetoric of […]

The Value of the Old Testament for Understanding God’s Mission

In the spirit of seeking a deeper understanding of God’s mission to the world, it is important that we not by-pass the Old Testament. We have already introduced many missional ideas from the Old Testament in earlier sections but now we want to expand it and go a little deeper. It further identifies the arena […]

The Gospel as Public Truth

John the Baptist announced publicly that the Kingdom of God was near. He preached repentance and proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom. When he was imprisoned, Jesus, who also announced publicly at his baptism that the Kingdom was near, began his public ministry by preaching repentance and the coming of the Kingdom (see Matt. 3:1-12, […]

The Self-Revealing Father

We correctly picture God the Father as the sovereign creator. There is a missionary aspect to all of God’s work, in creation as well as in the history of redemption. God the Father is truly a missionary God. He reaches out to mankind with the same freedom as He had when He created, not out […]