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Expulsive power

  Talking with a local “M” this week, he told me of his newest church plant in a local village. The local mo phi (หมอผี) or shaman has started to attend Bible study simply because one of the Christian Thai gals sat down at the woman’s fortune telling booth asking about the power she has to tell […]

Cloud Community

Cloud Community

I talk a lot about community –not that I’m all that good at it, which may be why I keep talking about it. One day, I hope to get good at it. As I mentioned in my post on loneliness, missionaries are not immune to feeling isolated and alone. And, because of technology today, the world […]

Third Culture Kid Life

Third Culture Kid Life

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about our kid’s third culture-ness lately–especially since we’ve been researching colleges for Christian. With family, friends, and supporting churches spread throughout the US, it’s been a challenge to settle on a location for our college search. While Christian may like a certain school for its programs, the downside may be […]

God’s megaphone

God’s megaphone

  “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.” (Psalm 119:67)   “Lewis helps us to realize that when the megaphone of pain sounds in our lives and in the lives of our unbelieving friends and neighbors we dare not respond with some form of superficial triumphalism or descend the abyss […]

Voices

Voices

Voices near and far away Clouding the issue, Clarifying confusion. Constant sentinels in my mind.   Questioning doubt; pressured praise; hesitating approval; undermining contempt.   Hope’s release. Love’s embrace. Faith’s trust.   Battling for attention, each makes a bid for my heart.   Whom will I believe? Which will gain my attention?

Dark Nights…

Dark Nights…

The literature around the “dark night of the soul” makes this point: Sometimes when we are unable to induce any kind of feeling that God exists, when we are unable to imagine God’s existence, the reason is because God is now coming into our lives in such a way that we cannot manipulate the experience through ego, […]

Loneliness & Isolation

Loneliness & Isolation

Picking up from my most recent posts, here are a few words from a missionary I know: “Loneliness & Isolation. These are the hell from which my idols offer protection. The longer we remain in the states, the more I feel these two realities and catch myself trying to avoid them, without even thinking about […]

“The Final Apologetic”

“The Final Apologetic”

In my last post I reflected upon my struggles as a 12 year old to make sense of God. The question is quite poignant for me lately since my daughter is asking similar questions (she is 12). Lewis’ discussion on the subject (Mere Christianity), while compelling, does not reach deeply into a 12 year old […]

“God, are you real?”

“God, are you real?”

“Dad, what if all this religion stuff is a hoax? What if God doesn’t really exist?” As a 12 year old, I did not know I was asking a fundamental question crying out for an answer throughout church history. Theologians seek to ‘prove’ God’s existence through Biblical proofs and sound doctrine while philosophers try to […]