Doxalyst is focused on vital disciple-making movements which saturate entire communities and cities with the good news of Jesus Christ. Media strategies and technology tools are simply a means to bring this about more quickly and effectively. One of the key, indispensable elements needed for such movements to flourish is focused, ongoing prayer.
Prayward.com is launching this month as Doxalyst’s first “accelerator,” a web application designed to facilitate prayer focused on Kingdom-building missions. A prayer movement is comprised of believers, whether directly involved or at a distance, who commit to regularly bringing the mission’s request and thanks before God in prayer. While the primary purpose of Prayward is local movements, it will also serve any missionary (long- and short-term), organization, church, or informal group working to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission. Continue
“…and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23, quoting Isaiah 7:14)
The greatest mystery of Christmas: the Creator – one of the “us” who said, “let us make man in our image” – took the form of the created. To fully understand the majesty of this miracle, we must fully understand the chasm between the holy, infinite God and sinful, mortal man. Continue
I’m challenged to relate the vision God has been shaping in me… in under 500 pages. In many ways, I’m still learning to express it: to find the words that will communicate, and the boldness to write them. To express something that is far, far bigger than I am — which I have no hope of ever accomplishing apart from God. I’m not so much worried that He won’t come through… I’m freaked out that He will!
Let’s start with the basics. Jesus told us to “seek first” the Kingdom of God and pray for it to come into fullness. Towards that end, He’s given us a specific task: make disciples who obey Him, who will in turn make more disciples. This is the indispensable task, the foundational activity in growing God’s Kingdom. Everything else should build on this principle — including Doxalyst. Continue
Over the last year or so, the Lord has been been revealing and refining a vision in my heart: using media and technology to accelerate movements of disciples making disciples in communities, cities, and regions worldwide. This vision is far bigger than me, and quite daunting… I honestly have no idea about the how, only the Who. As with any big step of faith, there’s bound to be twists and turns, setbacks and jumps forward that must be taken in stride.
This vision remains my heart and passion; but I won’t be pursuing it under Greater Europe Mission. When I joined GEM last Spring, I saw the immigrant ministry a place to launch the vision in the context of a specific missional objective. But a recent, unforeseen change in leadership has left GEM IM fractured with some of the team moving on to other places and others shifting within GEM. This left me in a lurch, and my initial reaction was an admittedly whiny prayer, “Lord, I can’t handle more change!” Continue
At the core of our mission and vision, both my own focus and that of the larger effort with European immigrants, is the concept of “discipleship movements.” Like other phrases in the “Christianese” lexicon, it’s shorthand for a very deep and compelling truth that risks becoming so familiar it loses meaning. What’s more, it begs a critical question that must be answered in a Biblical way: What does it really mean to follow Jesus?
Jesus used a lot of “organic” analogies in describing life in His Kingdom. Perhaps it was appropriate for His ancient, agrarian audience; but they were not “simple.” But I think these illustrations speak to use because the One who designed the physical world has also designed the spiritual one as well. Continue
Here’s the gist of my new mission: I’m headed to a continent that is home to great cathedrals but awash in spiritual darkness. I’ll be with a team working to make disciples who make disciples in immigrant communities. Many of these people are lost in a deceptive religion of shame and fear. And from this context, I’ll be pursuing the vision God’s given me for developing technology tools and media strategies to accelerate the growth of discipleship movements in communities and cities around the world.
There are three things that are clear in my mind. First, it will only happen if God provides exponential, super-natural quantities of power, provision, and wisdom — far more than I can even imagine. Second, this is a spiritual battle; our Enemy has a stronghold on this continent and amongst the people, both natives and immigrants. The reality is that no kingdom ever takes the territory of another without battle. Continue