The Huddle: Going to the Nations

The Huddle is our church’s monthly leaders’ convergence. In every The Huddle meeting we simply aim to come together to motivate, celebrate, and strategize. We celebrate life events, testimonies and victories. We also motivate our leaders from God’s Word and we glean on each other’s prayers. Topping off every meeting is our strategizing for our next moves in the coming weeks and months. The meeting is exclusive for those leading a Victory Group. We desire to bring as many people as we can to the meeting and so we try to help and assist more people to lead their own Victory Groups.

Tonight we had another fruitful and fun-filled meeting. We pitched in the vision to go to the nations. As a local church, we are embarking on two short term mission trips next year. We gave everyone the opportunity as we raffled the names for our two teams for both trips. That sure was fun! We are going to two creative access nations next year and this is really faith building. I’m praying that this will start and spark something new and something big for our leaders and for our church.

Tonight in some degree I believe we have created a shift in our local movement here in Dumaguete. We are serious in becoming a glocal (global local) church. It is our prayer that our church will be filled with more movers and shakers who would dream big and act big!


Ushers dressed as Vietnamese and Burmese
Reviewing trivias for the nations
Pinoy Henyo: Missions Edition
Victory Dumaguete Staff and volunteer staff
With Rianne. Sharing the passion for the Muslim world

Overruns No More

Anyone who understands shopping is keen with spotting real bargain deals. Bargain hunters are swift in smelling blood in the malls. They would prey on designers at a reasonable, at times, very cheap price. One of the favorites are outlets that sell overrun labels. These labels get easily siphoned off in a matter of hours. Most overruns are excess produce of tailoring companies authorized by hot selling brands mostly based in the States or Europe. They station their productions in third world cities to cut production cost and somehow provide job security. When production exceeds the demand or order in the States, outlets would readily buy the excess produce. They will rip off the labels and sell the shirts at a much cheaper price. Thus, they are called overruns.

Some overruns are damaged ones, but most are excess ones. These stuff go through the same processing, they go to the same sewing machines, same printing and they get the same hot press and packing thereafter. Just that, at the end of the day, they’re simply not needed. They’re authentic but not needed.

So much for an introduction to what I really intend to say. Some Christian cults have propagated and have clung into the poorly thought overrun theology. They believe that the slot is full. Production continues but whatever is produced are simply overruns. Accordingly, the children of God has been marked and sealed a long time ago (in reference to Revelations). I do not symphatize with that theology. Well you don’t expect anything from a cult in the first place. So we shift to our own Christian worldview. It is sad that an overrun mentality is quite a fixture among many of us.

The post conversion experience of a believer is crucial. They know their authenticity and there is no question to that. But with the everyday lies of our adversary, he wins a day when he succeeds in making us believe we are overruns, excess, and not needed. Thus, according to Robert Coleman, any day that we are indifferent with the gospel is a day lost to the cost of Christ.

We understand who we are in Christ, we know our label and our worth, yet this mentality has allowed us to be passive, compromising, tolerant, and cold. It’s because we have propagated amongst our minds that there is such things as a legitimate misfit in the rank and file soldiers of God. In an interview by Ed Stetzer, Ptr Steve Murrell points out some myths in discipleship that runs prevalent in most churches. One of which he says is the Myth of Mentoring. “This myth causes church people to demand that pastors spoon-feed them, care for them, and meet all their spiritual needs. It turns pastors into spiritual superheroes and regular Christians into passive spectators at religious shows. Another myth is the Myth of Maturity–that no one should minister until they are mature. This myth convinces people they don’t pray enough, don’t know enough Bible verses, and are too young to engage in ministry–leading Christians to believe that only after another discipleship course or leadership seminar or seminary degree would they possibly be mature enough to be used by God. The sum effect of these myths is an ineffective church with overworked ministers, overfed members, and unengaged communities.”

It is my prayer that I get to see a people more passionate in engaging, evangelizing, and discipling their friends and families this coming 2012


Apple Peels & the Gospel

I hated apples when I was a kid; not when they are peeled and the seeds are taken out. Knowing about cyanide in its seeds added to the distaste.  I eat one only when they are neatly peeled by my Mom or any adult allowed to do knife tasks at home. While preparing for our local church’s series on cross cultural missions I was reminded of this apple peel parallelism to cross cultural gospel presentation through contextualization.

There has been so many talks about contextualization (that is contextualizing the gospel message for a specific audience or people group making it clearer and understandable for them). Some people would say it is actiually watering down the message of the gospel. I say it depends on who does the contextualizing and how it’s done. There is always an effective way to present it without bending in or compromising the message of the Cross.

In an effort to bring Christ’s message in any culture there has to be an understanding  that it is our to job remove any cultural barrier that hinders the person to receive the gospel. Remember how Paul did away with circumcision for the gentiles. How he skillfully proclaimed and made known the unknown god of Athens, how we acted like a dignitary for the influentials and how he became the weakest of the weak for the weak all in an attempt to win some. God has given us the wisdom to skillfully present the gospel in every culture. We are to peel and to take out the seeds and present the gospel as it is, that way they will realize and do away with what Paul was saying “was Paul crucified for you?” and instead embrace Jesus and Jesus only for what He has done. Happy peeling!