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Rediscovering the Triune Nature of God

March 15, 2011


Ever since Sabellius and Arius, the triune nature of God has been under attack. The erroneous doctrines that these men invented dating back to the third century continue to be repeated in various forms. And they are strongly promoted by organizations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Most of the people who reject the triune nature of […]

Are You Missional?

February 16, 2011


There’s a lot of talk today about “mission” and being “missional.” But a terribly important question that rarely gets asked is: what is the Mission of God exactly? Upon that question hang the Law and the Prophets. There’s hardly a consensus on this specific query among missional theologians and practitioners right now. But I believe […]

A Homeless God

January 25, 2011


“As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” (1 Peter 2:4-5a) Part of my roots are in the Charismatic movement. In that experience, I was repeatedly encouraged to seek God for […]

Two New Missional Books

January 18, 2011


As I pointed out in Discipleship, Mission, and Church: A Plea to Learn Our History, the words “mission” and missional” are being used in two different ways today. One refers to the impulse toward evangelism and individual discipleship. According to this view, churches are missional when they are focused on “going out” to the world […]

Christian Post Interview: The Magnum Opus

December 1, 2010


The Christian Post conducted an interview on my magnum opus on the mission of God. Here’s the full interview. Enjoy. — Prolific Christian writer Frank Viola wants to tell the world the greatest love story that ever existed. It began before time and involves a God who is madly, deeply in love and will not […]

The Anatomy of the Church: 14 Tests

September 28, 2010


The following article is a chapter that was removed from my book, From Eternity to Here. It was removed because it couldn’t fit into the page count. I’m publishing it electronically for the first time. Feel free to share it with others if you find it of help. Test yourselves . . . (2 Corinthians […]

The Eternal Purpose

August 5, 2010


The message I delivered on Saturday night at INFUSION 2010 DC is now available. The subject: the eternal purpose of God. The assumption made by countless Christians today is that God’s ultimate purpose and mission is to save the lost. Or it’s to make the world a better place. But that’s not true. These are aspects […]