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Nov 18, 2017
sudan, muslim, christian, civil war

South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

The fields of South Sudan could feed the whole continent.
South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

Three years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind-blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days, with 90 chiefs, elders, and government ministers, we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t ...

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Nov 14, 2017
church planting, discipleship, evangelism, multiplication

Will We See a Church Planting Movement in North America?

How can church leaders prepare themselves and their churches?

The rise of church planting fervor within many streams of evangelicalism leads us to a question: Is it possible that we will see a church planting movement in North America? We read Luke’s account of the spread of the church in the Book of Acts and dream of being a part ...

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Nov 12, 2017
african, diaspora, study Bible

The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons

Immigrant lessons from Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah
The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons
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We live in a world where emigration is an option for many people. For some, persecution or famine in their own country causes them to flee their homeland. Many of us know people who have felt forced to emigrate. For others, the promise of a better life for their family is hard ...

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Nov 8, 2017
rural church, small town, sports, football

In the Game: Reflections on Sports, Momentum, and the First Rural Matters Conference

Jesus, rural ministry, and football

This past September, I had the chance to attend the first ever Rural Matters Conference at Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas. The conference, sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and their Rural Matters Institute, drew speakers and attendees from across the ...

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Nov 4, 2017
rwanda, evangelical, revival, reconstruction

A Surprising Life Cycle: A Glimpse at Rwanda Today

Reconstruction and revival in Rwanda
A Surprising Life Cycle: A Glimpse at Rwanda Today

If you are looking for a place to spend winter other than in Arizona or Florida, consider Rwanda. This land of a thousand valleys and countless hills is prettier than a postcard.

Rwanda may resonate in your memory because of the 1994 genocide and that, of course, is an awful ...

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Sep 17, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Read Part One (The Importance of Character and Character Development; Understanding Soul Care; Setting the Scene for Soul Care—What Leadership Must Think About).

Three Approaches to Building a Soul Care Movement

The end goal of establishing a Soul Care movement is to shape ...

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Sep 10, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

As Richard stood staring out his office window, he knew something was wrong. His enthusiasm for ministry that had accompanied him for nearly thirty years was gone. He was tired, spiritually dry, and growing bitter about his situation.

Soon after making the move to the home office ...

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Aug 30, 2017
missional, attractional, incarnational, church, evangelism

Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality

Every Christian should be missional and every church should be attractional.
Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality
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Much has been said and written to help today’s churches become more missional. Organizations, parachurch communities, and conferences abound in trying to move the Church in this direction. This emphasis is certainly justified in light of how many Evangelical churches are ...

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Aug 6, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

Read The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims, Part One (The Calling of Levi: Jesus Invites the Marginalized; Levi’s Feast: The Challenge of Hospitality to the Marginalized; Jesus Reveals His Motive; Jesus and the Samaritans: Enemies ...

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Jul 30, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

We live in a rapidly changing world in which massive amounts of people move from one place to the next. Many people who have come from other places live on the margins of society as socially excluded international refugees or immigrants.

One out of every 122 people worldwide ...

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Jul 23, 2017
missions, EMQ

Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

Professor uses Dr. Seuss as a case study.
Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

There are a lot of books and articles that help prepare God’s people for working in other cultures. Most of the material provides insights into cultural difference and for understanding how to adapt to, interact with, and share the gospel with those from another culture. ...

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Jul 18, 2017
literacy, orality, Bible translation

Literacy, Orality, and the Web (Part Two)

What oral communication can accomplish in Bible translation projects that print communication alone cannot

Read Literacy, Orality, and the Web, Part One (How to Make an Oral Preference Society Prefer Reading).

What Scripture Communication Medium Should Come First?

Before going any further, let me say that suggesting a primarily oral society should remain in their primary oral communication ...

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Jul 16, 2017
missions, EMQ

Seven Myths Perpetuated by Missions People

Like being one degree off course, the negative outcomes increase in severity.
Seven Myths Perpetuated by Missions People

Over the past thirty years I have noticed that many of us have a tendency to inadvertently promote half-truths that we think advance the cause of world missions. By half-truths, I mean concepts that are partially true or seem true on the surface, but in fact are myths.

At times, ...

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Jul 14, 2017
missions

Remember the Other Carey: Unsung Hero of the Modern Missions Movement

Lott Carey was born a slave, purchased his freedom, and carried the gospel to Africa.
Remember the Other Carey: Unsung Hero of the Modern Missions Movement
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A few weeks ago I was asked to write an essay tracing the history of the modern missions movement based on an assigned text. I worked through prominent figures in the modern missions movement and traced its development in India, on the African continent, and throughout the South ...

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Jul 12, 2017
hospitality, witness, refugee

Our Hospitality Mandate (Part One)

What Does an Authentic Christian Reception of Syrian Refugees to the United States Look Like?
Our Hospitality Mandate (Part One)
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Anecdote of Hospitality

While I was preparing with a team to go on a missions trip to Israel’s Jewish absorption centers, I met a young lady named Rosebud who was taking a break in the fast food restaurant where she worked.

As Rosebud and I chatted, I discovered she came ...

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