Missions


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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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
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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23
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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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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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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22
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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16
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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03
Mar 2016
Titus and Timothy

The pastoral epistles have something to say about church planting. Well, they have a lot to say since Paul instructs Titus and Timothy how to establish and lead churches in Crete and Ephesus. Interestingly, there is a difference in the instructions he gives to the two men. The scholars say that the church in Crete was younger, less mature, and “unpromising” and Paul’s instructions reflect that. In Ephesus, the church was likely......

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27
Feb 2016
A Life Well Lived

We sat across the table with a lovely couple named Philip and Julie Parshall. They told us it was refreshing and encouraging to see Philip and I giving our lives to serve God overseas at our age. Mr. and Mrs. Parshall served the Muslim communities in Bangladesh and the Philippines. I listened to their stories and I had to ask these questions, “What kept you going? How did you continue to serve others with the Gospel when you didn’t......

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