Jesus is the light of the world. As profound as that statement is, it gets crazier. Because this is a title that Jesus claims for himself, and then also bestows upon us. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “You are the light of the world. A city set on...
In my previous post (“racial reconciliation”), I looked at two passages (Eph 2 and Gal 2) that place a high value on breaking down the walls of ethnic division within the church. This is especially important since in many churches, people don't seem to care whether it’s ethnically diverse...
Yesterday I wrote about what it means to hear the voice of God and tried to navigate some of the subjectivity of how you know what God is calling you to do. Today I want to continue in that vein. Many Christians firmly believe that they have received a God-giving...
Everyone loves a good story of reconciliation... especially when the situation is so out of control that any hope of forgiveness and restored relationship between the two parties is out of the question. The 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda starring Don Cheadle chronicled the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide...
*Note. Due to the opposition that faces missionaries in Laos, our writer's name has been withheld. To hear more about his ministry in Laos, click here to sign up for monthly updates.  This Summer, my family and I will board a one-way flight to start a new life in Laos. In the...
Election day. The past few months have been leading up to this moment, so much so that our Facebook newsfeeds carry all the same headlines as the major news outlets. So much passion, so many hopes, so much skepticism, so much disagreement, so much slander—all coming to a head...
The real movers and shakers in the evangelical world tend to belong to large churches. You’re probably not going to find a popular podcast coming out of a small church, and if you find a popular YouTube clip featuring some part of a church service, it probably came from...
One of my students recently told me about the theme of a summer camp he was working for: The Holy Games. The concept is a one-off of the popular book (and now film) The Hunger Games. Essentially, this Christian camp is trying to be relevant to their culture. Everyone...
You read that right. There are streakers in the Bible. I can think of four different accounts of people streaking (i.e., running naked) in the Bible.   Streaker #1: Joseph Joseph was forced into the life of a slave through the wicked actions of his brothers. In Genesis 39, Joseph was serving...
I sat in my pastor’s office sharing my feelings of being pretty worthless, of feeling abandoned by my peers. I felt like I had sold my soul to the devil, or something worse. After 18 years of steady ministry as solo pastor, senior pastor, or associate pastor, I had...
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