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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 […]

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 Response

A Response

I came across a response to the post “10 Things That This Missionary is Telling You” that I found to be refreshing a humbling. In other words, I wish I had done the same thing Ashley had done and re-write the original post to better reflect my own heart. Appreciating her take on the subject, […]

What Aren’t They Telling Us?

What Aren’t They Telling Us?

Living cross-culturally, planting churches, feeding the poor, advocating for women and children at risk, educating potential national leaders, administrating the field work, discovering new language groups and starting the life-long process of translating scripture into this new language, keeping up with supporters ‘back home’, making sure one’s kids are being educated, etc. only begins to […]

StoryTelling

StoryTelling

Some years ago, one of my professors suggested that the way we tell our story reveals something about us. Eagerly I took notes, in hopes of unlocking the mystery of who we were and how we really relate. I’m sure there are many ways to think about these categories. I found them helpful:   There […]

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, […]

“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 […]