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Apr 2017
China Trip: Part 2

This is the second 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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Apr 2017
China Trip: Part 1

This is the first 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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Jan 2017
Consistent Passion

Last week our journeys took us to a vibrant outpost of God’s kingdom in Piqua, Ohio. Since it was sanctity of life Sunday, the pastor focused his teaching on that topic. A few minutes into the sermon he stated: “The passion for the unborn, the unwanted, and the unreached doesn’t begin with a love of the unborn or unwanted or unreached. It begins with a passion for the preciousness of the......

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Oct 2016
Real Life Begins At The Cross

Last Sunday Phil and I attended Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. During the worship service my heart asked an unexpected question. The lyrics were from a song called, “Death Was Arrested” by North Point InsideOut. Our Savior displayed on a criminal cross Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand That’s when death was arrested and my life began “Questions about what?” you might ask? Questions about when......

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28
Jun 2016
Northeast China Population

Did a little research on good’ole Wikipedia. Here is what I found about the population of Northeast China, also known as Dongbei (东北) Although it is only 8% of China’s total population, there are still around 110 million people. Here is a table of the biggest cities in Dongbei. Depending on who you ask, the percentage of Christians is between 2-5% of this area. The point is, we won’t run out......

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02
Jun 2016
What is Church Planting?

The central goal of the great commission is making disciples out of non believers. This puts us all in a tricky position. Making disciples involves bringing dead hearts to life, a work that the Holy Spirit rightly maintains a monopoly on. So the thing we are told to do, we are incapable of doing. So what are we able to do? We can declare the gospel to those who haven’t heard. We can ask God in......

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17
May 2016
Marketing the Gospel

“The marketing model, if followed, empties the truth out of the gospel. First, the needs consumers have are needs they identify for themselves. The needs sinners have are needs God identifies for us, and the way we see our needs is rather different from the way he sees them. We suppress the truth about God, holding it down in ‘unrighteousness’ (Rom. 1:18). We are not subject to his moral law and......

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03
May 2016
Why Raise Support?

This is not a complete defense of raising support. That would require going to scripture and expounding multiple passages. However, I do want to address a common objection to becoming a missionary. People are repulsed by the support raising part of missions. Why is support raising so terrifying and revolting? Fear and Pride. We prize financial security and predictability. Raising support is not a course in any financial peace university. It......

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Apr 2016
Gospel Centeredness

As I’ve been traveling in churches I’ve noticed a rift that separates churches. It is not that churches disagree on whether or not they need to change to continue being gospel outposts in a changing culture. It is the solution that is prescribed. Category A churches assume that we have gotten the bible, theology, and gospel teaching correct, but we’ve applied it incorrectly as we’ve misunderstood our culture. The solution is......

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Mar 2016
Two Types of Risk

Have you ever heard of the Grizzly Man? There was a documentary with that title released in 2005 following the life and tragic death of bear enthusiast and advocate Timothy Treadwell. As I was reading about his story I realized that there are some interesting parallels to the questions and concerns raised about open missions in China. First, here are the basic reactions people have to Grizzly Man. Well Duh… The most......

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