Giving Missionaries a Cheerful Welcome

The only constant in the life of a missionary is change. Missionaries live through seemingly endless transitions. Beloved teammates depart, and new teammates arrive. Meanwhile, all missionaries are at various levels of language acquisition and cultural acclimation. On top of all of this, missionary teams frequently adopt new strategy initiatives, leadership vision, and even experience […]

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Praying for the Harvest in Light of Global Christianity

A quick tour of the world shows a beautifully diverse group of Christians participating in God’s mission. South Asian Christians in saris reach out to their Hindu and Muslim neighbors. Korean believers mobilize hundreds of Christians to go to the ends of the earth. Chinese believers strategize how to take the gospel to the unreached […]

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Five priorities in your first year

As I write this, I am sitting at the 2 ½ mark in a church revitalization setting. As I reflect on the past couple of years, I see some things I did well in the first year. I also see several things I wish I had done better in the first year (and the second […]

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Difficult Decisions: Deciding to go

We should never presume to definitively know that God’s call on a pastor’s tenure has come to an end for his serving a particular congregation. We can’t know as God knows or see as God sees. Yet, as outside consultants or observers, as friends, or even as a close confidant, we may have sensed that […]

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Feeble Prayers in Our Chaotic World

Living in a new normal doesn’t feel so normal. The word tragedy is too much a part of my vocabulary these days. I have searched for other words, but tragedy describes best the world events constantly swirling around us. From the recent Easter bombings in Sri Lanka to the terrorism in the Southern Californian synagogue, […]

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“Mind the Gap!”

Finding Your Place In God’s Plan For Missions I’ve come to find that as I get older, my desire to GO just continues to increase. I’m still not entirely sure what that means, but for now I know that means being a part of short-term mission teams. Just last week I returned from a week […]

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What Should We Think About Rapid Church Multiplication?

Many years ago, David Garrison identified rapid multiplication as one of the universal characteristics of a church planting movement. Since that time, the rapid advance of the gospel has been a key value for many in the missionary enterprise, both in terms of many people coming to faith quickly and in terms of churches reproducing other churches […]

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Generosity Means Thinking Of Others

Alex Haley, the author of Roots, is known to have a picture in his office of a turtle sitting on a fencepost. When asked why kept this picture he said that it reminded him that if a turtle is on a fencepost you know he had some help. In an age of platform-seeking celebrities, it’s […]

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How Far Are You Willing to Go to Reach the Nations?

20 minutes from the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern is a very unique community. It is a community comprised predominantly of refugees, refugees from more than 30 countries. These are men, women, and children who have fled their home country to escape war, persecution, or violence. Many, after fleeing […]

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