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...
How much long-term benefit do Short Term Mission trips (hereafter, STM) have on the ongoing ministry of national (native) churches? This should be the first question that we ask before asking for thousands of dollars to fund our 2 week trip overseas. Unfortunately, this question is rarely ever considered. And...
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...
Over the past few years, I've been intrigued by the remarkable growth of Christianity around the globe in the last century. It is shocking, yet informative, that the center of gravity of the Christian Church no longer resides in the West. It is in the South (Africa and Latin...
In one of the classes I was a part of here in Uganda this past week, the topic of international adoption was being discussed. African pastors were talking about Westerners adopting Ugandan orphans, so we Westerners asked them for their opinion on the matter. The response was startling. They asked us a...
Over the years (the past two weeks included) I have had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures in many places around the world.   In early 2006 I started keeping a list of all of the things that transcend culture I thought I might share parts of that...
Unlike previous posts, this will be more reflective in nature and written from my current experience (I am currently in Uganda). So, I just had an amazing lunch discussing the dangers of syncretism (the blending of two opposing belief systems) with a few pastors and teachers in Uganda. I was...
In my last post, I talked about Ezekiel 16 and how my worldview was shaken when I came across God’s radical assessment of Israel’s wicked behavior in 16:49. Here, as we saw, God places Israel’s lack of concern for the poor at the pinnacle of his scathing critique of...
I’d like to start a series of blog posts dealing with what the Bible says about the poor. My interest in this topic began a few years back as I was preparing to teach the book of Ezekiel. With much excitement, I got to chapter 16 in my study, which...
In many ways, we have begun to view the church as a corporation. Some will argue that this is a necessary adaptation to our modern context, but we can say that at the very least it poses some serious problems. It’s not unhealthy to learn from the corporate world...
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