“Why do Americans sleep on the couch after they fight?” she asked, through her laughter. I wasn’t sure what she meant at first, so she explained further.
In the midst of a very tough 2016 the book that most nourished my soul was Howard Thurman’s 100 page book published in 1949, Jesus…
I’m wrapped in a blanket eating blueberry yogurt. It’s 3:45am. I can’t sleep. My professor used to fixate on various students in Latin class, peer…
I was once told by a church leader that I “wasn’t very pastoral.” Maybe the lessons below are obvious to you. Praise God! But I learned them through sweat, tears, and many cringe-worthy foot-in-mouth moments.
One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.
Ok. I’m doing it. Aiming to read consistent chunks of scripture using the Bible in One Year app. Join me?
Every year I complete the year and look ahead. Today I’m sharing my process.
Today’s “WinSome short” is a dramatic reading of the conclusion of our Advent series “Light of the World.” [Click here for the full 12 day…
I wish I could say “Don’t worry, nothing’s going to happen to us” as I tuck my kids in at night. But I can’t promise that. Here’s what I say instead.
Keller defines godly rest as “to be utterly satisfied with what’s been done.”
In my experience true togetherness has to start somewhere. It’s a road of faithful awkwardness until unity starts to ring true.
The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East are staggering, but here are 2 ways you can serve refugees TODAY.
Deborah’s story is not primarily about how God chooses leaders, nor should it be appropriated as stick-it-to-the-man girl power. So then… what’s it about?
Over the next couple posts we’ll hear snippets of what God is doing around the world. Today Zafar shares from Central Asia.
“Come all who are weary, I’ll give you rest.” An invitation from Jesus in Matthew 11.
It took me 5 years to come across these language learning concepts. Enjoy the fruit of my confusion – lightbulb moments the easy way!
In Part 2 of the language learning series Grace tackles what it really takes to be fluent.
Language learning is a microcosm of the struggle to contextualize. Not just grammar and vocab, but entering a new conversation. Joining a new community.
We ask Bryan Mowrey from Jubilee Church, St. Louis, “With the media spotlight off, what are the on-going effects of Ferguson in the local church?”
Bassam holds his sleepy daughter in one arm & tells the story of his last few months in Baghdad. “We left everything behind, but we have a mighty God.”
The initial cultural adjustment is like entering a cave. But maybe your dreams were too small. Adventures await on the other side.
I stood at the brink of motherhood and mission and faced my Big Question.
How do you explain the gospel? [Hint: it should change depending on your listener] The gospel speaks to every culture’s deep needs.
Spiritual warfare: When theology and (in)experience meet the demons in your kitchen.
Could tell the stories leading up to Jesus’ birth in just 125 characters or less? Add your Advent tweets to share the Story.
Tackling two assumptions about worship in a foreign language. “My heart worshiped in English for 30 years. But my heart can expand.”
This simple Advent calendar uses Bible Storying to explain the road to Jesus’ birth.
My story of learning to worship in a foreign language continues with a fresh start and new beginnings. (Part 2)
I love worshiping the God of the nations from my MidEast home, but it wasn’t always like that. This is my story of learning to worship in a foreign language.
In February I wrote about God nudging me to go for more language learning. Here are 3 tools helping me chase my language goals.
Your loving Father has daily bread for you, and he is willing to give it freely.
It’s a nightmare that jostles me awake from my internet slumber. The air is thick with humidity on this final night of Ramadan.
Moving is expensive. Moving cross-culturally costs even more. Here are 3 reminders for a financial attitude adjustment toward “learning money.”
In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson traveled to Southeast Asia with a dream of bringing the message of Jesus to the Sawi people.
My top 5 tips to help you “have fun and be a blessing” to your hosts when you visit cross-culturally.
I think I scared people my first months overseas. I was a cartoon character – big, unblinking eyes, ears straining forward, oddly fixed smile.
New Year’s Eve 2012 I returned home from an outing with my two kids to find a sheet of paper stuffed in our mailbox. The title read “New Year Celebrations.”
Look at the stars. The world is growing ever fuller of them. In our day, in our time, the world is filling with a starry host. Millions of blessed people…
Do you belong to Christ? Then you are a child of God, through faith. And you’ve been adopted in to a beautiful, messy, worldwide family.
The storyteller clears his throat. His listeners quickly settle into their seats, inhale, and wait. Then he begins: “In the beginning, God…”
If you could only choose 25 scriptures to explain the Christmas narrative, which would you use? Here is my attempt.
If you had nothing but the Bible as a guide, what would you do to celebrate Jesus’ birth? This simple scripture Advent calendar works in any language.
A well-known quote says “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Sometimes we approach prayer the same way. “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, pray.”
Our conversation continues with Silas and Catherine. What practical steps do you take to send people well cross-culturally?
Earlier we interviewed the Davis family as they prepared to move overseas. Now they’ve newly landed in Arabia – language study, abayas, cockroaches and all.
Next week the Muslim world celebrates Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). In the MidEast, truths I grew up celebrating at Easter ring true in a new way.
I’ve been on foot for 3 1/2 years now. The most surprising thing I’ve learned is not that it’s possible, but also possible to do so with a good attitude.
Every church planted into a new city is inherently cross-cultural. Depending on your viewpoint that makes them either a daunting challenge or an adventure.
A few days ago my brother got married. Family and friends gathered for a weekend together to welcome a new member into the family. I was on Skype, oceans away.