The Gospel of Crossing: The Gospel According To One Old Guy Carrying A Cross

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How Are We To Spread the News?: Bible Thumping, Thermometers, and Radical Service

Image by Ryan McGeeney Often the greatest difficulty of missional work is to know how to preach the gospel. Growing up, I tried a wide assortment of “sharing your faith” forms. While optimistic when learning them, I soon came to realize that they were none to successful. In fact, now when looking back, I am somewhat embarrassed that I thought they would ever work or that I even went through with them. No doubt there were many different types or... Read More

Are We Really Evangelical? Thoughts on Hell, Action, and Missional Living

“If we only believed what comes out of our mouths, our actions would be very different.” These were the words which poured over me as I stood in the shower this morning. If I truly believed, if I really caught a glimpse of the urgency of the gospel, I would be doing things so much more differently. All the things which seem so incredibly important, would suddenly seem foolish. If the reality of Hell (on earth and eternal) was tangible, real, and... Read More

Trusting in Our Words Instead of Trusting in God: The Paradox of Faith In the Miraculous

As I sat on the bench preparing for a day of service, I heard a woman wailing outside. Our medical team was preparing for a full day of work in the jungle. We hadn’t even opened the doors yet to see patients because we had just arrived. After a few minutes I saw my dear friend, the former strongest man in Peru, carrying a woman writhing in pain. She couldn’t walk, she could barely talk, and my immediate reaction was to stare. Through translators... Read More

Through Discipleship, Transformation Comes: Lessons of Growth From The First International Missionary

When a person is immersed, change can really occur. To that end, I am pretty adamant in the idea of the Christian walk being more than an expression of Church. And I recognize this is not easy. However, I do believe it is way easier to live out one’s Christian walk with a community, as opposed to just being in a Wednesday or Sunday Bible study. Trying to succeed when we so often fail, or fighting the flesh that wages war against our souls is difficult.... Read More

Changing a Culture of Sex and Promiscuity: Thoughts on Purity From the Mission Field

My wife and I are experiencing a roadblock as missionaries, but one that I have yet to approach with a crystal clear answer.  In reality, I feel like we are floundering.  Last week, Andy Scott wrote the article “ARE THERE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN? RETHINKING THE SOCIAL DIVISION BETWEEN THE SEXES.”  Yesterday, Jonathan Keck wrote an article on homosexuality.  Both of these articles are dealing with sexuality in a Christian context and... Read More

Be His Body: Becoming the Callused, Bloody Hands of Christ

Image by Daniel Horacio Agostin All around us, the world is filled with pain and suffering the likes of which no one can truly grasp. There are millions in the world that are starving and cold. Even now a young girl is curled on the floor, cold and desperate with nothing to live for. No food in her stomach and no clean water to speak of. She has no money and no one to take care of her. Two choices lay before her: She can continue to scratch out a... Read More

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