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...]

5 – Managing our expectations

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ … [Read more...]

4 – Transformed by grace

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 There is a high degree of romance associated with doing something new and adventurous. When I responded to what God was doing in my heart, I was excited about entering a new … [Read more...]

3 – Strengthened to accept weakness

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father. Colossians 1:11-12 In the city where I lived, many people … [Read more...]