The Blessing of Being Counseled By Someone You Know
Counseling in the context of a personal relationship brings a number of practical benefits that you won’t get from a stranger.
Therapeutic counseling is based on a patient-therapist model that requires “professionalism” and “boundaries.” But biblical counseling is based on a model of interpersonal gospel care. The biblical model of ministry does not rely on professionals or experts. Instead, it is carried out by brothers and sisters in Christ, fellow strugglers who love someone enough to... Continue Reading
Stop Calling It A “Short Term Missions Trip”. Here’s What You Should Call It Instead.
Our vocation, whether in butchering, baking or candlestick-making - is the primary means we have been given to serve God.
Learning Exchanges – a time when our theology and understanding of the world is rocked to the core and deconstructed. When we travel as learners, eager to have our minds expanded and preconceptions challenged, we will not be disappointed. This category includes those who travel as part of their vocation – as a builder, surgeon... Continue Reading
The Culture War And Missions
One of the dangers for Christians is making the gospel secondary to the culture.
Eat the food, wear the clothes, live among the people. Travel as they travel and experience what they experience. Live the daily life of the people to whom you have been sent to minister. Rejoice in their victories and shed tears for their pain. But missionaries are not anthropologists, they are warriors. A Christian is... Continue Reading
Nation’s Radicalized Christians Praying For Orlando
In the aftermath the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, cells of radicalized Christians around the nation have risen up to pray for everyone affected and offer further assistance.
Sources confirmed that some of the nation’s most militant Christians are even praying for the shooter’s family and others caught up in, or affected by, the recent surge of violent Islamic ideology, pointing to Jesus’s radical teaching on “praying for our enemies” as their primary motivation. Experts fear that an increase in terror attacks like... Continue Reading
Who Really Helps the Needy? Pew Study Shows Us, and So Does the Orlando Sentinel
Religious people donate and volunteer more than their nonreligious neighbors
“Echoing a new Pew Research Center study that found religious people are more apt to volunteer and make charitable donations than others, the Rescue Mission and other Central Florida charities say the faith community provides critical support in providing food, shelter and clothing for the needy.” Religious people donate and volunteer more than their... Continue Reading
A Farmer-Missionary Keeps His Hand To The Plow In Siberia
In Russia, missionary Justus Walker is dubbed “The Merry Milkman,” an apt nickname for the bearded dairy farmer with an exuberant laugh.
Walker’s Russian adventure began at age 11. In 1994, heeding God’s call to missions, his parents sold their Idaho home, packed up their four kids and moved them across the globe to Siberia. They planned to serve for a few years before returning to life in Idaho. Early on, Walker decided he’d study computer engineering... Continue Reading
An Apologetic Without An Apology
An important and essential question we must ask about any ministry we engage in: “Is it worth it?”
I am not intimidated by the question since there has been much good fruit to show for the effort. I am not intimidated by the critics of our evangelical faith.. I am downhearted and brokenhearted every day by the statistics, the newspaper accounts, the gunshots, the blood on the street, the caskets at the funerals,... Continue Reading
Court ‘Win’ for Nonprofits Has A Lot Of What-Ifs
The Supreme Court’s strange Little Sisters ruling gives religious nonprofits a significant reprieve, but the fight is long from over
The court’s ruling vacated and remanded to lower courts all the religious nonprofits’ cases challenging the Obamacare requirement that employers provide health coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients. It was a qualified victory and the best outcome the nonprofits could hope for if the court was divided 4-4 on the merits of the case—as seems likely.... Continue Reading
How A Small, Country Congregation Became A Megachurch Overnight
Worshipers from realms seen and unseen, all mixed together in the adoration of the Lamb whose kingdom is without end.
The following Sunday it would happen again. And then again. This tiny rural church would bulge at the seams with worshipers from realms seen and unseen, all mixed together in the adoration of the Lamb whose kingdom is without end. That’s how a small, country congregation became a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. They gathered... Continue Reading
Faithful Evangelism Begins With Clear Sight
The glory of Christ motivates faithful proclamation of the word of God.
God is an infinitely holy God who desires and deserves worship from all. When we have been made to see our sin and be cleansed from it, we cannot do anything but be willing men and women for his service. If we ever lose sight of who God is and who we are, then we... Continue Reading