God’s Provision in Doubt and Indecision: Why Trusting In Him is Nothing Unique or New—Even For Those Called to Peru

Image by Frank Tiemann For months we had been preparing, praying, talking, getting rid of everything, finding homes for our puppies, and making decisions that would affect the next year of our lives. My wife and I were fully convinced that God was calling us to Peru. Random people were telling us that God wanted to use us to do things in this country. We were excited, nervous, and “ready.” Yet, just as we were about to purchase our tickets,... 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

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

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

The Dreaded Welcome: Rethinking the Church Meet and Greet

Last week, we talked about the Church and how it might be failing you and the people around you. I implored you to be a part of the reconciliation process allowing for Christ to be the Head of your life, and your Church. However, one thing I have begun to realize is that it is easier said than done, especially considering the fact that some of you may not even have churches anymore. So I think we need to go step by step. We need to work through that... Read More

Losing Jesus: Can We Get Him back?

One of the many hats that I wear as a missionary is “resource writer.”  I have found that in Peru there are some good discipleship resources and there are some extremely poor resources.  So, from the beginning, God has burdened my heart to write discipleship materials.  This material tackles a wide variety of topics, written in a context that is culturally understandable to the Peruvians around me.  Recently, one of the things that I tackled... Read More

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