A new world, a new set of values – wrong? or just different?

Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto - this is a Latin saying (dating back to 160 BCE) that roughly means “I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me.” It is a motto advocating for respecting people and cultures that are different from … [Read more...]

Facing our Fears: A Christ-like Response to Terrorist Attacks

The terrorist attacks in Brussels confront us with new challenges. The challenges our government will face is how to stop such kinds of terrorist attacks from happening. For those of us who are not working in those government agencies tasked with our … [Read more...]

“Life right now”: Notes from an Unseen Short Termer

Two realities in my life have ruined me – impoverished children and the Gospel. I use the word "ruined" because these two have been serious game-changers in my life. God has called Christians to build his kingdom here and to minister to the … [Read more...]

Where does the vision to go overseas come from?

One question that arises from time to time when talking with people is this: Where does the vision to go overseas and work come from? This is a very good question! As I listen to people, it appears to arise in different ways. One of the more … [Read more...]

A New Year Resolution to Adopt and Pursue

2016 is beginning and many of us are thinking about what we are going to accomplish this year. I have got a good New Year Resolution we could all adopt. Yet, how we achieve it may look different for each one of us. What leads me to this suggestion … [Read more...]

Weaving Ourselves into The Beloved

We, as followers of Christ, have a way of storying ourselves to others in order to describe who we are. We story ourselves in this way: We are broken, flawed, imperfect, on a journey. Even our cultural icons who are not following Christ story … [Read more...]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Many are wondering how our governments should respond to the refugee crisis. After the Paris attacks there is a growing fear of the possibility of acts of terror in our cities. This has caused some to feel like we should enhance our security by … [Read more...]

Our Beloved and His Story

I recently had the privilege of speaking at a conference. The attendees were overseas workers. This and the next three posts will be the messages that I gave. INTRODUCTION Thank you for this honor of sharing God’s Word with you all. Over the … [Read more...]


Many of us have been deceived. Our cultures teach us that real power is instantly demonstrable. Our notion of power is shaped by quick military victories, by bombs exploding, by sports teams winning in two hours, by business people getting things … [Read more...]

Touching the Unclean

Even though Paul referred to Christ’s followers as saints, at least in western cultures we shy away from using the word.  It is only used by those in high church traditions for those historic figures whom the Church deemed worthy of special … [Read more...]