No, this isn’t a guest post by John Piper. But I will admit that I’ve been hugely influenced by Piper over the years. When I first became a Christian, I starting reading and listening to everything that Piper put out, and I was quickly convinced of his God-centered vision...
This past week I had the privilege of taking part in a weekend conference for the Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles. Like many Chinese churches, this church consists of three congregations: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Though the whole conference was great, perhaps the most impactful moment came on...
The world is a vampire sent to drain; secret destroyers hold you up to the flames. So says Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and it’s not easy to prove him wrong. Every human being simply shows up on earth. No orientation, no training. We just find ourselves here and have...
If you polled the students at Eternity Bible College (or probably any other Christian college), you would learn that not all classes are created equal. Most of our students see the value in taking a class on Genesis or on preaching. The spiritual value of such topics is easy...
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...
This morning I dropped my firstborn off for her first day of school. Maybe that doesn't sound impressive. But listen: this precious little girl, whom I have been holding since she was 7 pounds 9 ounces 19 and ¾ inches, whose food I have shoveled and airplaned into her...
Yesterday, I wrote about what it means to love our neighbors and help those in need. Today I will continue with some additional thoughts. Another factor pulling on us in this discussion is how much more connected our world is than it was during Lewis’s time. Many people, especially in...
Let’s be honest. Philemon is an odd little book. I know it’s not okay to call sections of the Bible “odd” or “random,” but I remember reading Philemon for the first time and thinking, Why is this in here? If you haven’t yet read it, go ahead! It will take...
Some friends of mine are part of a really exciting church plant. The neighborhood they chose for their church plant is very ethnically diverse. Economically, however, the neighborhood is uniformly lower class, though they are surrounded by booming business, and upper class neighborhoods are not far away. It’s a...
In class this morning, we discussed some of the challenges facing missionaries as they seek to plant churches in cross-cultural settings. There are many factors that make this difficult, but I want to share one factor that seems most relevant to those of us "at home," whether because we...
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