By Jack Voelkel

Jesus' words in Matthew 28 include both a command and a promise. Jesus tells the twelve disciples to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the...

By Scott Bessenecker

At the end of 2013, Pope Francis I released an exhortation he called Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) decrying free market capitalism which he described as an economy of exclusion and...

Tags: Justice
By Jack Voelkel

Tadala asked: Hi Jack, I have applied and REALLY wanted to go to school but everything is going wrong from passport to loans to the school sending me an acceptance letter. Question: Do you...

Tags: Growth
By Andy Crouch

Somewhere along the way, the intimate connection between idolatry and injustice was lost. We began to believe that one was a “religious” question, the other a “political” question. And the Christian world began to separate into two camps...

Tags: Justice
By Scott Bessenecker

In the 1980s New Zealanders Mick and Ruby Duncan chose to live among the desperately poor in one of Manila's slum communities. It was not a popular road, or an easy one, but one they chose out...

Brandon asked: How many African American career missionaries are there? Brandon Jack Answered: Brandon, my research has not been very fruitful. I haven't seen any statistics to answer your...

Tags: Growth
By Jack Voelkel

Colson asked: Hi Jack, I'm wondering if what your thoughts are on fundraising money for short term missions. Do you think it is acceptable for youth and young adults to be asking for money...

By Jack Voelkel

Jessica asked: Hey Jack, I'm getting a degree in missions right now. I do short term missions a lot and send out letters for fundraising, newsletters and have a blog to keep people updated...

By Scott Bessenecker

I read Isaiah chapter 1 the other day and wondered what it might have been like to hear these words spoken about me and those in my religious circles. I attempted to contextualize some of the...

Tags: Justice
By Ted Draper

Some missionaries feel called to missions from a young age. Some feel the calling at college, through Perspectives, or at a missions conference like Urbana. My story is a little different....

By Anonymous

Can one be both Christian and gay at the same time? Well, I suppose that depends on how you define the terms. If “Christian” means I trust Jesus alone to bring me into right relationship with God and if “gay” means I experience sexual attraction and romantic feelings toward people of the same sex, then I qualify as a gay Christian.

By Scott Bessenecker

I have spoken before about the Protestant obsession to measure our ministries by shallow, external metrics which value growth over flourishing. If I look at the prophetic announcements about...

By Jack Voelkel

Mitchel asked: Hi Jack! I was wondering in your personal opinion do you think that the North American church has started to falter when it comes to the missions field and its duty to...

By Luke Perkins

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...

Tags: Growth
By E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien

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...

Tags: The Bible
By Scott Bessenecker

The high school where my kids attended is a little on the edge of the norm in Wisconsin. In a state that is over 80 percent white and a city that is more than three quarters white, Madison East...

Tags: Growth
By Carl Medearis

Abou Hamza (not his real name) is a friend of mine. He is a Sunni Muslim who lives in an extremely conservative Arab country. Most would say he lives in an Islamic fundamentalist context, maybe...

By Hannah Weidman

For a couple of years now, I’ve been fascinated by the flight pattern of migrating birds. It amazes me how they are in tune with the change of seasons and know exactly when to begin their miles-long journey.

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