The Defend and Confirm Podcast Interviews Radius President Brooks Buser

Brooks Buser is the president of Radius International and a vocal critic of CPM and DMM. In this episode of the Defend and Confirm Podcast, co-hosts Sean DeMars and Russell Berger ask Brooks the following questions (paraphrased): Brooks, tell us a little about who you are and what you do.What does training missionaries at Radius look like?Have…

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“Obedience-Based Discipleship: Is It Biblical?” on the Defend and Confirm Podcast (Episode 63):

In this episode of the Defend and Confirm podcast, Sean and Russell critique obedience-based discipleship. Key points include: Obedience before conversion isn't possible. Only regenerate people can obey.Obedience before conversion results in nominalism and false conversions.The priority is on "doing" rather than knowing or believing. This is unbiblical. Theological consideration: when were the disciples converted? Did Jesus…


“Is ‘Obedience-Based Discipleship’ Biblical?” by Alex Kocman

In this article, Alex Kocman, Director of Advancement and Communications for ABWE, critiques obedience-based discipleship (OBD). In it, Kocman affirms the importance of obedience but takes issue with OBD because it conflates law with the gospel, separates discipleship from conversion, and means that the unconverted may still be obedient disciples—among other issues. Read it here.


“Trends in Missions, a Panel Discussion” from The Mission Podcast

This panel discussion between ABWE and Radius International took place at Bethlemen Baptist Church in June 2021. Both organizations have been openly critical of CPM and DMM. Panelists included Chad Vegas, Brad Buser, and Wayne Chen from Radius International, and Paul Davis, Alex Kocman, and Scott Dunford of ABWE. Questions for the panelists included the following (paraphrased):…


“A Brief Guide to DMM” by Chad Vegas

Chad Vegas' A Brief Guide to DMM has been one of the most popular critiques of DMM. Propempo International called it the "best critique of DMM to date." Vegas is the pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, CA and the chairman of the board of Radius International. His DMM critique was originally posted on the Radius…


“Obedience-Based Discipleship” by Zane Pratt

Zane Pratt has served as an IMB church planter in Central Asia, associate professor of missions at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the IMB vice president for global training. In this article from Global Missiology, he argues against the common CPM idea that the foundation of discipleship is obedience. Pratt writes, "[O]bedience is not the basis…