When we read about Jesus sending the 72, we love the evangelistic fervor. We love the intentionality of being sent to every town and place. We love the inspirational call, the Go! Yet there is more here than just the activity of mission. There are important principles around how we do mission.
In Cross-Cultural Servanthood, I walk through a linear model for serving cross-culturally that has evolved over a decade of talks with church leaders around the world, through reading the Scriptures with special attention to the life of Jesus and through careful examination of God’s truth
I began to realize I was in trouble a month or so after the earthquake in Haiti. I was driving down a bumpy dirt road in Port-au-Prince, hurrying to get to a meeting while talking on the phone with a counseling professor in Dallas to hammer out the details for a trip where she would bring a group of
Westerners like systems, processes and checklists. It’s easy for us to believe that if we just work the right steps in the right order, we’re guaranteed to achieve the right outcome. That’s why so much literature on biblical interpretation focuses on methodology. Many of us believe that if we simply
This biblical teaching about success in the eyes of God is very good news for us. At first glance, this may seem like a strange statement. After all, faithfulness to God is an incredibly challenging criterion of success. It probes deeply into our hearts. Our culture may content itself in defining
Safety has become one of the major gods of our time. Everyone is familiar with the philosophy of “Safety first!” and we do everything we possibly can to keep safety the priority. It has even become one of the major drivers (if not sometimes the main one) in our decision-making processes.
I met Jan on the trolley in Amsterdam. I was making my daily trek to the Internet Café to connect with friends and family back at home. As I looked at the passing canals, my eyes came to rest on Jan, standing near me. He was looking around and looking dejected. I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to
The nineteenth-century philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach theorized that we make our own gods by worshiping a projection of ourselves. This, he said, is why god is so powerful. Feuerbach was wrong about God, but right about us. How often and in what ways do we worship a version of God that confirms what
Welcome to the post-Urbana world! You’re back to the life you were leading before Urbana. You may be keeping up with new Urbana friends through Facebook. You may have a few emails from missions agency representatives lingering in your inbox. You may have started the Come to the Party Bible study
Do you have a difficult time cracking open the Bible regularly? Despite your best intentions, do you find yourself too busy with other things to carve out time for a daily Quiet Time? You’re not alone. According to a report from the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), it’s