CONFESSIONS OF A REDEEMED WHITE MAN-WHAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY WANTS TO KNOW FROM WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RASICM

NOTE: I am coming at this as a typical white American. I cannot speak to KKK, hate groups, etc. because I simply do not understand that stuff. I am only addressing black and white issues because of what happened over the past couple of weeks. There is certainly racism towards refugees, immigrants, Latinos, Native Americans, … Continue reading CONFESSIONS OF A REDEEMED WHITE MAN-WHAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY WANTS TO KNOW FROM WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RASICM

PRAYER CHALLENGE: OPPOSING POLITICAL PARTY

NOTE: If you haven't done so already, please read the first blog post to this series- PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON'T LOVE  Father, I pray we, as followers of Jesus, can love opposing political parties. I am guilty of not loving people I do not agree with. It hurts when political decisions … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: OPPOSING POLITICAL PARTY

PRAYER CHALLENGE: RACISM

NOTE: If you haven't done so already, please read the first blog post to this series- PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON'T LOVE  Father, I know I have racism in my heart. I believe we all do. I believe all people from all races do, but let me focus on myself. Please find … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: RACISM

PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON’T LOVE  

Something I have learned about prayer is that prayer usually moves and changes my heart. You see, when we pray for someone or something, God positions our heart where it needs to be. It is truly a miracle, and I mean miracle! Think about the miracle of loving your enemy that Jesus and the disciples … Continue reading PRAYER CHALLENGE: THE KEY TO LOVING PEOPLE YOU DON’T LOVE  

ACTION STEPS DURING THE CRISIS

Hello everyone,  Like many of you, we are trying to figure out where to go from here in life and as a ministry to see how we can best help and reach people in this difficult time. Although nobody knows how long this country will be in this situation, we are treating this situation as … Continue reading ACTION STEPS DURING THE CRISIS

HELP KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!

What a joy it has been to walk alongside our Insiders: Yadir, Ania, Danny, Sayo, Murama, and Grace! We are in year three since we started the Insiders Fund and we can hardly believe the fruit we have seen from it. In the first two years, our team saw well over 100 Churches started and we believe that … Continue reading HELP KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHURCH PLANTING

Note: I am not one who has the role of the Holy Spirit, the gifts, and the supernatural figured out. I have been on a long and difficult journey to figure it out, but I have learned some things along the way in regards to church planting. I had to confess to my Board and … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHURCH PLANTING

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: CAN A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT HAPPEN IN AMERICA?

This is the most common question I have been asked in the last few years. I believe the answer is YES. Jesus says the harvest is plentiful, so I do not think he meant that only in certain countries. I have heard countless people say it cannot happen and when leaders share that belief, that … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: CAN A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT HAPPEN IN AMERICA?

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: REACHING YOUR OWN OIKOS VS CROSS-CULTURAL WORK

If I could rewind almost 20 years of ministry, I would change one significant thing. I thought it was my job to recruit as many church people (usually white Americans) as I could to reach the people groups I was trying to reach. Not only was it mostly ineffective as far as church planting because … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: REACHING YOUR OWN OIKOS VS CROSS-CULTURAL WORK

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: AMERICANS VS INSIDERS

To note: Insiders are internationals who we have trained or added to our team for the purpose of reaching their own or similar people groups here in America. Also to note: when I say Americans, I mostly mean white Americans because from my experience, this makes up the majority of church planters whom I know … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: AMERICANS VS INSIDERS

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: DISCOVERY GROUPS ARE NOT HARD TO START!

A major mistake that I see church planters making and I have made numerous times is being so focused on getting Discovery Groups started that we bypass what it really takes to successfully get groups started. Often times, we take the principles from the "methods" we have been trained in and try to start groups … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: DISCOVERY GROUPS ARE NOT HARD TO START!

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

One of the couples on our team met and started discipling a woman (believer) in Disciple Making Movements (DMM) who was selling pupusa's (a traditional Salvadoran dish) to make enough money so she could support herself in her own city and so she could travel to other countries to share the gospel and encourage other believers. … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: START WITH BELIEVERS OR NONBELIEVERS?

For most of my ministry life, I refused to even build relationships with believers inside the communities I was working in. Why? Because I thought I was simply obeying God and the Great Commission by reaching nonbelievers. I would have networks of believers outside of the communities I was working in, mostly white Americans (because … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: START WITH BELIEVERS OR NONBELIEVERS?

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: DO WE NEED MONEY FOR CHURCH PLANTING?

I always thought that it was unspiritual to think that I needed money to plant churches. I prided myself that I didn't need a building and office space (I still don’t have these things). There is wisdom in keeping it simple. I choose to use the money that we raise where it is most fruitful, … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: DO WE NEED MONEY FOR CHURCH PLANTING?

CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: HOW WE PLANTED 100 DISCOVERY GROUPS

Lately, many people have wanted to know how in the last two years Loving All Peoples has planted 100 Discovery Groups, most of which were started in the U.S. and are now spreading to other countries and cities. So, I thought I would share these keys that have been so influential for us and then … Continue reading CHURCH PLANTING LESSONS: HOW WE PLANTED 100 DISCOVERY GROUPS

HELP US BY HOSTING A GATHERING

Last fall we sent out a newsletter stating that our Insiders had started 25 Discovery Bible Study Groups among African and Latino communities. Now that number is up to 80 groups! Over this past year we have been interviewing and training many different potential Insider couples and individuals to join our team so we can … Continue reading HELP US BY HOSTING A GATHERING

HELP US KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!

I cannot express enough how Melissa and I, along with Jeremy and Mindi feel about our Insiders: Yadir, Ania, Murama, and Grace. It has literally been life changing not only for us as a ministry, but as friends. It is a special thing when people from other cultures can bond like we have for the … Continue reading HELP US KEEP THESE FAMILIES ON OUR TEAM!

PODCAST INTERVIEW ABOUT LOVING ALL PEOPLES

I had the opportunity to be be interviewed by Productive Ministry about Loving All Peoples. Thought it would give some of you an opportunity to hear my heart as opposed to just reading about it Click on Link: http://productiveministry.org/21-loving-all-peoples/

STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH???

You may be reading this because you would like to see more people being reached outside of the church.  First off, of course I do not mean stop inviting all people in every situation, but if you want to reach more people, instead of inviting every single person to church as your main method of evangelism, … Continue reading STOP INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH???

INSIDERS ARE KEY TO STARTING CHURCHES

In the 6 months that we have had our 2 new Insider couples working with us, we have already started 12 new Bible studies (we call them Discovery Groups)! Five in the Latino community and 7 in the African community. To put that in perspective, we have been trying to start groups in these communities … Continue reading INSIDERS ARE KEY TO STARTING CHURCHES

ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE: IN CUBA!!!

Jeremy and I went to Cuba recently to visit Yadir and Ania's family (the Cuban couple on our team) and to see the work that is going on there now. Before moving to the U.S., Yadir was one of the main leaders who started a church planting movement that produced 3,000 churches in 2 years! … Continue reading ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE: IN CUBA!!!

CONNECTED BY A DREAM

On a recent cross outreach I got to meet this sweet girl who came up to me. Maybe she was just curious about what we were doing, but she didn't seem that interested in connecting. That is until I felt like God wanted me to tell her something.  After I shared it with her, her … Continue reading CONNECTED BY A DREAM

YOUR ROLE IN MISSIONS. IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU THINK!

I meet with a lot of people. Often times I meet with normal people with normal paying jobs. Sometimes I meet with CEOs or people who run their own businesses. I get asked this question all the time, "How can I get involved in reaching others or living for Gods will?" When I get asked … Continue reading YOUR ROLE IN MISSIONS. IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU THINK!

LOVING ALL PEOPLES RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE BAN

After giving this weeks events much thought, I wanted to respond to the Muslim refugee situation. It is not going to surprise anyone that Loving All Peoples wants refugees here and loves Muslims. You have seen that consistently from us for many years. We were of course deeply saddened by the decision. I thought it … Continue reading LOVING ALL PEOPLES RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE BAN

BROKEN AND HUNGRY PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR US

We were carrying the cross in a shopping center and people were all around us talking to us. A guy walks out of a nearby store and sees us and he kind of did a double take. He just seemed like a normal guy. I knew from the look on his face that he was … Continue reading BROKEN AND HUNGRY PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR US

THE INSIDERS FUND

Through our 17 years of working cross-culturally with people from all over the world in DFW, we have been focusing and building on the most effective ways to cut through the many cross-cultural and extreme language barriers that we have to face on a weekly basis. Below is an explanation of our newest project and proposal … Continue reading THE INSIDERS FUND

THE “RADICAL” WAY TO RESPOND TO RACISM

The weeks after the death of the 5 police officers in Dallas I tried to write about race in this country. It is obviously a very emotional and highly sensitive issue for everyone. In fact, I wrote a really long blog post but never sent it. I never felt quite right about it. I know … Continue reading THE “RADICAL” WAY TO RESPOND TO RACISM

SIMPLE LOVE CAN GO A LONG WAY

This day we were carrying the cross in an area known for drugs and prostitution. We saw a transsexual prostitute across the street. He knew we were there but he was purposely turning the other way. I don’t blame him for doing that. He had no idea what to expect from these crazy people carrying … Continue reading SIMPLE LOVE CAN GO A LONG WAY

HARD QUESTIONS: A CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS

Before I start out, I want whoever is reading this to know that I have struggled mightily with this issue for years. Struggled with what the truth is and if and how I should encourage others in it. I have devoured the scriptures because of it, sought input from others, and of course sought God … Continue reading HARD QUESTIONS: A CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS

THE KEY TO AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE WITH GOD

I was walking though a lobby entrance to a grocery store. A woman was there literally cursing at everyone who walked by. This was a wealthy part of the city and this woman obviously didn’t feel comfortable there and felt that people were staring at her. I stopped after she cursed at me because I … Continue reading THE KEY TO AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE WITH GOD

CARRYING THE CROSS AMONG ADDICTS AND PROSTITUTES

This day was going to be another crazy day! We took the cross down to the Harry Hines area recently to love on and meet with addicts and prostitutes. We have learned that many drug addicts and prostitutes hang out early in the morning because they are either out all night or they are needing … Continue reading CARRYING THE CROSS AMONG ADDICTS AND PROSTITUTES

WHY WE DO NOT SHARE THE GOSPEL

There are of course many reasons why we do not share the gospel. But there is one reason that is not talked about a lot, but it may be having the most significant impact on us for why we do not share. Could it be that even as Christians, we don't really believe in the … Continue reading WHY WE DO NOT SHARE THE GOSPEL

PARTNERING WITH CHRISTIANS OF ALL NATIONALITIES

Look at this small group of people in this picture. These are church leaders we are training from a church here in Dallas which is made up of several different nationalities: Chinese, Africans, Hispanics, and many more. In the 15 years we have been doing ministry with internationals in Dallas, we have figured out something. … Continue reading PARTNERING WITH CHRISTIANS OF ALL NATIONALITIES

THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY-THE WORLD IS WATCHING US

This is a very difficult issue for Christians I know. It is a difficult issue for me as well. But I do want to share my heart on this issue with the hope that along with truth, we can extend grace and love to all people for the sake of Christ. A much needed grace and love in … Continue reading THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY-THE WORLD IS WATCHING US

IS OUR CHRISTIANITY EVEN CHRISTIANITY AT ALL?

I would say that what I am about to bring up is my biggest heart cry for Christianity in America. I want to challenge you with this big and difficult question. Is the Christianity we are living even Christianity at all? It is a vital question that is beyond fair to ask. Our salvation could depend on … Continue reading IS OUR CHRISTIANITY EVEN CHRISTIANITY AT ALL?

THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO RADICAL ISLAM

This is for Christians. I say this again, this is for Christians. If you are not a Christian, this might sound crazy, but I do want to challenge you that you might find some reason from these thoughts. Surely most of us are highly concerned about radical Islam, especially since 911, the Boston bombing, the … Continue reading THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO RADICAL ISLAM

JESUS IS RECRUITING SINNERS

I think we can greatly take for granted all the “sinners” Jesus connected with in the New Testament. I mean its CRAZY who Jesus used to spread his message if you really think about it. All through the New Testament, Jesus is hanging out with “sinners” and he used them to spread his message. Can … Continue reading JESUS IS RECRUITING SINNERS

NAVY SEAL, FBI AGENT, AND A DISCIPLE MAKER

Two buddies of mine let me go along with them to the shooting range. Stephen is a Navy Seal and Jeff is an FBI agent (formally Army) and shooting instructor. This was only my 3rd time to go to the shooting range. To say the least I was a bit intimidated but at the same … Continue reading NAVY SEAL, FBI AGENT, AND A DISCIPLE MAKER

WE WANT TO HELP YOU REACH OUT TO OTHERS

We are so passionate about giving someone an opportunity to know God and to experience love from another. There are so many people to love and so many people that need to know God in this city and around the world. In reality, only a very small percentage of people in this city have someone … Continue reading WE WANT TO HELP YOU REACH OUT TO OTHERS