I’m not bragging when I say this. My wife didn’t want to get married growing up. At least, she tells me that she didn’t want to get married too early. She wanted to wait. She wanted to put it off. She didn’t want to be the stereotypical “Ring by...
United States citizenship is a hot issue. Many people in the world would love to become US citizens. And many people inside of the US are trying very hard to keep them from becoming US citizens. Now, like almost every other American, I admit that I did nothing to earn...
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books on missions for a class I’m teaching. One insight just struck me as incredibly relevant to our Western society. When a missionary plants a church oversees, he is often starting from scratch. As he shares the gospel, he begins to see lives...
The Welcome Wagon made a pretty big splash in 2008 when they released their first album under the wing of Sufjan Stevens. The album came out on Sufjan’s label, and Sufjan himself produced and even arranged much of the album. This was enough to gain the band attention, but...
It's all around us at every moment, yet we never see it. It runs through us, in every thought, every gesture, every strand of DNA. It is present in every great world event, in every circumstantial triviality, in ever beat of every heart. It is the presence of God. The...
In the last post, I argued that the ever popular Christianese phrase “feeling called to…” is not a biblical concept. When used theologically, the word “call/calling” is almost exclusively used in terms of election unto salvation, not to authenticate a spiritual nudge we may have toward a particular ministry...
In the last few posts, I’ve tried to show that the Bible highly values ethnic diversity in the church. Ethnic inclusivity is Spirit wrought (Acts 2) and blood bought (Eph 2); it’s not just icing on the cake. But several questions can be raised and I’ve heard many good ones...
Ok, the time has come to look at one of the positive benefits of engaging in a short term mission trip—the long term relationships with the nationals and host churches. Probably the biggest difference between America and most other cultures in the world is that we are more production oriented...
In the previous post, I questioned some often assumed benefits of short term mission (STM) trips; namely, that they help produce more career missionaries and that they increase financial giving from the participant. Statistically, the answer to both of these questions is: not necessarily. In this post, I’d like to...
The environment can be a polarizing issue. Talk too much about caring for the earth and you risk being branded a liberal, as though recycling is the equivalent of compromising the gospel. I have heard well-known Christian leaders that I respect advocate depleting the earth’s resources and polluting with...
0FansLike
616FollowersFollow
871FollowersFollow
105SubscribersSubscribe