The Idol of Convenience: How We Treat Strangers and Others Shows Our True Hearts

Image by Less Lincoln A man, trembling and afraid, running from heaven-knows-what, screamed for my help.  His cries pierced a cold, dark side-street in San Francisco’s Mission District, a seedy, industrial neighborhood in gentrification. His name was Quinn; and Quinn, in his pressed black slacks and dress shoes, shared something in common with the homeless man across the street, a friend of mine in need of a mentor, and the outreach director... Read More

The Cost of Following Christ: Why You May Not Be Living Up to Your Calling

Image by Emily Brigid Standing upon the shore line, the tide washing away the sand about Jesus’ feet, He squinted in the mid-day sun. One could see dozens of fishing boats casting their nets into the water and pulling in a harvest of watery plenty. The men fishing these waters had done so for generations. Fathers taught the trade to their sons and they to their sons, so on and so forth for generations. Fishing was a good trade, and profitable if... Read More

Why No Matter Who You Are, You Are A Missionary: An Interview With Conway Robinson

Missions are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. Spreading the Gospel is not something consigned to just a few missionaries in far away lands or by paid church staff reaching out to a local community. Every Christian is a missionary. Every Christian, no matter what age, what career path, or how busy, is responsible for making disciples, serving those in need, and act as the living representatives of Jesus Christ on earth. In highlighting... Read More

A Flirting with Righteousness: The Obligation Toward Radical Love, Service, and Giving of Ourselves

Image by Chase Barrington Toes dangling over a precipice, many flirt with great danger. Perhaps not in a physical sense, though no doubt many do indeed take risks in the name of adventure and fun. All, however, embark on a greater threat however. Flirting with danger and sin may be the number one Christian pastime. Those not of the Way are already dead in spirit and truth. They do not know the ways of God nor His heart—but He knows their hearts.... Read More

Who Are You A Missionary To? Why the Church Needs to be Missional Again

Last week I wrote an article entitled Changing a Culture of Sex and Promiscuity in which I dealt with the culture of sex which is rampant in Peru. We asked questions like: “How do we respond? What do we say? How can we be a part of the change?” After talking about reestablishing the culture of God, I left you with a thought: “I believe missional communities are the only way a “sojourner and exile” generation can be raised up “to abstain... Read More

Does Your Life Reflect What Christ Called it to Be? : An Open Invitation For the Church to Wake-Up

We have lost something. The Church has lost something. We are distracted. Our time, energy, passion, and money are consumed in the right cloths, the right house, the right church, and the right job. Too often, myself included, Christians don’t care about anything beyond their own desires and comforts. What is going on? How are we so distracted by the pleasures of this world and yet blind to all the work that needs to be done and the pain and suffering... Read More

Forget the Planet, Mormons are Taking over the Universe: Rethinking and Becoming a Missional People

Space. The final frontier. Stretching beyond their local gathering places, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is about to embark on their greatest missional journey. Their door-to-door mission on Schwinn bicycles with ties flapping to-and-fro as they spread their message with incredible vigor is a thing of the past. Their future: no, not world domination. That’s small potatoes. Galactic and planetary missions—now that is the goal... Read More

Flirt Convert: Mormon Mysteries and the Art of Missionary Dating

Walking into the crowded room, I felt as if I had been instantly transported to some etherial pleasure garden filled with otherworldly beauties scampering about. When my dear friend, whom I knew had a bit of a crush on me and had playfully flirted with me many nights in the work place, had invited me to visit her church, I was quite reluctant. For years she had asked me, but despite her flirting and genuinely kind demeanor, I thought she was going... Read More

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