How to see the Unseen?

Today's post is about the Unseen in our world. Although the vast majority of the Unseen are very distant from us, we happen to walk right by some of them every day. Since we walk right by them, why don’t we see them? This is a good question and I … [Read more...]

Reframing our Self-Image

What is your image of who you are? What shapes your self-image? Our self-image often ends up being a bit skewed- one sided. I don't know about you, but I often tend to focus on my sinfulness. And if we are honest, who in the human race is not a … [Read more...]

How are we to react when we experience opposition?

Our Interserve Partners work in restricted access areas. We call these areas The Hard Places. This is because there is a degree of opposition to biblical faith and to Jesus’ followers in these areas. I encountered this opposition. Though most people … [Read more...]

The Tragic Reality of Violence

The news over the past few weeks has been exceptionally tragic. We had the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines jet (MH17), the brutal conflict in eastern Ukraine, horrific attacks by the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the exodus of the Christians in … [Read more...]

How do we disagree?

I get asked a lot what it is like to return to the US after living overseas for so many years. They are wondering if I have any culture shock in coming back. The truth is: I do. One thing that shocks me is the acerbic nature of how some followers of … [Read more...]

Avoiding the hole in holism

In his book, Change Across Cultures, Bruce Bradshaw writes: The Church’s outreach in the 19th and 20th centuries resulted in the planting of churches around the world. It was less successful, however, in transforming the societies in which people … [Read more...]

The Unseen 1/4

I was recently in a large church. Posted in the back of the church was a large map of the world listing all the workers they supported. All but one worked in North and South America, Europe, Central and South Africa, and Australia. That one exception … [Read more...]

Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things

Those who walk with God through life discover one incredible truth. Ordinary people end up doing extraordinary things. Think about it. Abraham and Sarah were in their 70s and they had no children. In following the Lord they helped shaped the course … [Read more...]

How to talk about our faith with friends from other faiths

In thinking about talking about our faith it is helpful if we broaden the discussion and think about what God has actually called us to be and do. He sends us out to be His representatives. Jesus is our example of what it means to be God's … [Read more...]

6 – The curse and blessing of language study

Embedding ourselves among the people we seek to serve is a core value of Interserve. This is because Jesus’ incarnation shapes our lives. Jesus became one of us. He entered our world, joined himself to a specific group of people, spoke their … [Read more...]