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Who’s Responsible?

Who’s Responsible?

Facing cross-cultural stresses Missionaries face stressful situations by virtue of the fact that they live and work cross-culturally. Some researchers have insisted that cross-cultural workers are under no more stress than anyone else, and yet studies are showing that many living cross-culturally exhibit symptoms of PTSD. Maybe it’s time the Church takes notice?   I […]

Thriving or Surviving?

Thriving or Surviving?

Back in May I posted a few articles on culture fatigue. More recently, I posted some of my research on stress in missions. I’m still editing a coming post on mutual care, which was the core of my dissertation research (it’s not easy jamming 50k words into a couple blog posts). Today I happened across […]

Cross-cultural worker PTSD

Cross-cultural worker PTSD

Why talk about missionary stress? (Especially when others are talking about it)   Good question. While stress is a factor in missionary longevity and resilience, I often wonder if we haven’t over emphasized an inevitable fact of life? Granted, on a common scale used for measuring stress “… cross-cultural workers experience about 600 points of […]

The Bible as Story

The Bible as Story

Somewhere along the way, most of us pick up bad habits of extracting from the Bible what we pretentiously call “spiritual principles,” or “moral guidelines,” or “theological truths,” and then corseting ourselves in them in order to force a godly shape on our lives. That’s a mighty uncomfortable way to go about improving our condition. And it’s not the gospel way. Story is […]

A set up for Failure (part 2)

A set up for Failure (part 2)

A few years ago a pastor asked me if I agreed that missionaries “fail in ministry” because they had no real strategic plan. Resisting the urge to dance my sword under his chin threateningly, I answered his question by asking questions of my own.    “What if what you and I may call a failure is really a […]