Yesterday, I argued that the gospel is good news to every culture. It affirms all the best longings in that culture and points beyond the superficial to the good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ. But we have to be clear: the gospel is also inherently...
Jenn is an Eternity grad who has served in the Middle East and is currently doing ministry with her family in Poland. Due to the nature of their work overseas, certain details have been withheld. Nearly 15 years ago my life was dramatically transformed by Christ and nothing has...
Theologians and missiologists often use an important but difficult-to-understand concept: "incarnational living." Using terms like "incarnational" sometimes makes important concepts like these unnecessarily difficult, so I want to reframe this concept using terminology that will hopefully be a bit more familiar. "Incarnational" refers to the "incarnation," the act in which...
A few blogs ago, I made a statement that may have been a bit provocative. I said: “The apostle Paul spent more time in his letters talking about the redistribution of wealth within the global body than he did on justification by faith.” I thought it would be good...
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...
Discipleship is an essential function of the church. It's the mission that Jesus left us with when He raised from the dead and ascended to the Father: "Go into all the world and make disciples." As disciples of Jesus, an important part of our job description is being disciple-makers. But...
Most of us could think of a lot reasons for not becoming missionaries. Some of these reasons may be legitimate. Many will probably be excuses. Today I’m going to share the story of one of my co-workers. Kristen’s reason for staying off the mission field is mind-boggling. While serving on...
I mentioned before that our book of the month feature wasn’t necessarily going to be a monthly feature. I wasn’t lying. We’ll just post about great books we’ve read whenever we feel like passing them on to you. This “month” I want to recommend When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate...
On Monday morning, we left Kathmandu for a two-day stay in Hetauda—a decent sized city in southern Nepal. Though only 60 miles away, it took us 4 hours to get there on the “death road” as we called it. The scene was comically frightening. Four Americans packed into a...
Whose kingdom are you building? It may sound like a strange question, but the answer is incredibly important. We spend our lives building up our own kingdoms. We work to earn a living, but we also work to gain respect, to move up the social and material ladder, to gain...
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