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 […]
“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 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?
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, […]
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 […]
Every so often I come across well written blogs on missionary life. The linked blog post below is particularly poignant to us as a family since we just returned to the field after a year long home assignment. It’s been 6 months since returning and we are just now getting back into the swing of […]
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 […]
“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 […]