05
Nov 2018
My Unbelief

After 16 hours on a plane, our bodies were convinced that is was three in the morning. But when we arrived to Beijing it was three in the afternoon on November 1st. We struggled through customs with our ten bags, three carry-ons, two backpacks, one car seat, one stroller, and one three month old. At that moment the three years of planning and dreaming of living in China was becoming a......

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11
Oct 2018
A Shady Meeting

Yesterday I had an unusual experience that was simultaneously sobering and instructive. Sobering because of the eternally consequential deception that I saw. Instructive because I had a chance to look up close how these groups operate.  On Sunday I attended a house church here in Changchun for the first time. As I was leaving a man eagerly introduced himself and got my contact info. He asked if I enjoyed studying the......

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29
Jun 2018
Unbelief and Evangelism

I’ve been reflecting on a conversation that Sara had with her teacher. After studying the Bible together for a few weeks she had a few questions about Christ and the resurrection. The conversation concluded with, “This all sounds like a fairy tale.” Her point was that the resurrection is simply unbelievable.  Cross-cultural evangelists encounter numerous obstacles in our effort to make Christ known. Foremost is the never-ending challenge of learning the......

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08
Feb 2018
Part 4: Observations And Analysis

Making observations is a necessary and yet tricky business. Necessary in that living in this world presents us with an immense amount of information. Each of us constantly gathers useful information, discards the irrelevant and then interpretes the remaining data. This is how we live, think, and learn. But it is a tricky business because we aren’t objective third parties. Personal gain or loss rides on the conclusions we come to.......

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29
Jan 2018
Part 3: Running Scared

On the way home from the church, we walked considerably faster than we did on the way there. This little brush with the police brought up a whole range of emotions. Most of the emotions pointed directly at idols in our hearts, which felt like added insult to injury. If almost getting arrested wasn’t enough, now I have to be honest about my sin! As the hours and days have gone......

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29
Jan 2018
Part 2: Our Practice Run

Background We’ve been looking for a Chinese church to attend since we’ve arrived. A few churches that we contacted asked us to wait until after the new religious laws have been implemented in February. One of the government’s main goals is to make sure there is no foreign influence in Churches, so some churches have been told they should not allow foreigners to attend. Finally, we were connected with a church......

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27
Jan 2018
Part 1: A Few Thoughts on Security

This is the first post in a series that is long overdue. The intersection of security and missions, particularly in China is a crucial topic for me. What I believe about the questions faced by any long term worker in this country will influence hundreds of other decisions I make down to the basic details of our daily life. As such, this isn’t a topic that I haven’t thought about it.......

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08
Sep 2017
On The Road

Looking at the last two years, it is incredible to see how God has provided for us. Month after month, church after church, and person after person who have financially invested to see the Gospel continue in China. As raising support comes to a close, I am reminded of two very important lessons this process has taught me. Or actually, I’m still learning. Boast in the Lord When we visit a......

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08
Jul 2017
Lose your Life

This past Sunday I had the honor to preach at Waynesboro Grace. They asked me to fill a spot in a series on the disciples, specifically on how these ordinary men were transformed by grace. My task was to explain how James, the son of Zebedee, was transformed by grace. In short, James epitomized a particular misunderstanding of the disciples. They knew that Jesus was the Christ, that he was King,......

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01
May 2017
China Trip: Part 3

This is the third installment of a three part series that gives a full review of our survey trip in China. During the second half of March we traveled through 6 cities in China. In all we boarded 6 flights and 5 trains, hailed dozens of taxis, crammed into several subways, walked nearly 100 miles, and hopped onto 1 bus. After processing our time for the past few weeks, takeaways fell into three categories. The......

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