I've tried blogging in the past, but never with any success, as in nobody ever came to my page to read it. Honestly, I can't blame them, because I really didn't know what I was talking about back then. Over the past couple years I've really been challenged to come to some strong convictions, especially since I've started preaching. I know how God judges those who teach, and there is a higher standard. Exegetical practices are constantly at the forefront of my mind. I'm always asking myself, "What is the author trying to communicate?" I'm digging into old and new commentaries. I've even tried to brush up on my Greek. (So far I've only been preaching from the New Testament) What I've discovered over the past couple of years is that there is a lot of bad theology going around in Christendom today. I mean really bad!
I've lived in Thailand for the past five years. Bad theology isn't just a Western practice, though I have to say the West has produced more than its fair share, but I see bad theology affecting the mission field. It is sad to me. The countries that are most deprived of the gospel message have been invaded with false teachings and heresies. Because of this there are bad practices when it comes to evangelism, discipleship and church methodology. It has come to a point where we have to question whether church members are really Christians. We can no longer assume they are.
This is the reason I'm starting this blog. My hope is to bring reformation to mission work around the world. Most of my posts will be Thailand specific, but I know that a lot of things I will talk about will translate. Many of the problems I see in Thailand are happening in other countries as well. It is an epidemic throughout the church and throughout missions.
My goal is to post at least once a month. It could be a short article or a critique on something I've noticed in the mission field. I hope to post some positive stories of things I've seen as well. I may even post a sermon or two, for those interested. I'll try not to hold anything back. My desire is for this blog to be biblically based with a focus on missions. I ask you the reader to keep me honest. If you see something that doesn't jive with scripture, call me out on it. If my words are false, I'll repent. We all need correcting time and again.
I hope you enjoy this blog, but more importantly, I hope you can learn from it. God bless!
Yay! I'm glad you started a blog!ReplyDelete
Thanks Margaret! Hopefully I can keep it up. I tend to be a slacker.Delete