“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…
Our friend ‘L’ has started blogging from Kurdistan. Here’s an extract… He told me he was Kurdish and my mind drew a complete blank. Of course…
You can’t judge snapshot of a person, you have to judge them according to their trajectory, according to their story. And this is especially true cross-culturally.
We will faithfully trudge into January, back into language learning and the 9-5 of childcare, cultural contextualisation, discipleship, housework, team and family life. But we cry out, Lord, for another Pentecost.
A few weeks ago a writer who goes by Luke here on ToWinSome wrote about the significance of Jesus’ incarnation on the Think Theology website. I…
Living and serving cross-culturally is very complex. Just staying afloat in-country requires a certain amount of administrative gumption. But in your administrative table of life, always keep a column for dreaming!
A shepherd reflects on the angels’ message.
Openness to the unexpected is a key attitude for mission. Mission is saturated with surprise.
At Christmas we celebrate the Proximity of God. God does not stay in heaven, dispassionate and objective. God is emotionally invested.
As we sing “O come ye to Bethlehem” over the coming weeks, I am thinking about the story of someone else who came to Bethlehem. Her name is Ruth.
A parable about the two brothers, Theology and Missiology, and why they don’t get along.
The patriarchs are a lot like Christians living among the unreached. They are an unwanted minority. They are met with suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. They are fighting for a foothold in the land. They live in tents. Fear is a constant companion.
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.
Here are some quick thoughts on crisis, from hot in the middle of one.
We can get used to a degree of control over our lives that is globally and historically abnormal. James invites us to soften our certainty.
One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.
The Bible is a mirror in which we are supposed to see ourselves. There should not be a large gap between what you know and how you live. If that gap is growing, stop reading and start doing.
When reading the parable of the Good Samaritan through the eyes of Augustine, Kenneth Bailey or Matthew Henry as metaphorical Christology, we encounter an important…
An extended excerpt from Philip Jenkins “The New Faces of Christianity” on how believers might read the Bible from the global South
I have just finished reading When God spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible by Timothy Michael Law. It’s another one of…
There is a great spirit of fear in the Western world at the moment, a lot of which is based on prejudice towards Muslims. Jesus’ method of discipleship involves taking us to the other side to engage with real people, not media caricatures, to expose and unravel our prejudice.
In Galatians 2:11-14 Paul writes: “When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain…
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…
Worldview is a story. Here are two narratives common to western Christians that need ripping up and re-laying if we are to be of any use cross-culturally.
In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit fell, and Jesus followers began speaking different languages. What’s the significance of proclaiming God in various languages?
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.
100 years ago 85% of the world’s territories were ruled by European powers. For a Westerner 100 years is a long time, but for the colonised it’s recent history.
Keller defines godly rest as “to be utterly satisfied with what’s been done.”
Is there such a thing as “missions expertise” or should every church have its own direct involvement with the nations?
In my experience true togetherness has to start somewhere. It’s a road of faithful awkwardness until unity starts to ring true.
American books on leadership seem especially laden with tacit values – contextually true in the place of writing, but which don’t apply universally.
In this roundtable episode Andy, Jules and Grace hone in on the topics of honor and shame – particularly how we see it play out…
In today’s episode of The WinSome Podcast Grace interviews Seth & Rhianon Hoffman about their recent move to New York City to plant a new…
The WinSome Podcast kicks off in roundtable format as Andy, Jules and Grace discuss what they’re learning about a cross-cultural approach to teaching the Bible in…
Please consider this your personal invitation to join our brand new podcast! YES. The WinSome Podcast is launching! I’ve been looking forward to this launch…
How Joseph responded when he found out about Mary’s pregnancy preaches volumes. Here’s one way to tell the story.
Interview with the author of The 3D Gospel: ministry in guilt, shame, and fear cultures, covering masses of biblical missiology ground at top speed!
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?
Our guest contributor Luke gets the conversation going on how to financially support your God-adventure.
ToWinSome turns 2 today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU! Join me on the balcony for a review of the year and for hints at what’s ahead. (Ok, hint: More!)
Westerners tend to read the Bible through the lens that all people are, and should be, equal. But that assumption is culturally conditioned.
Many people in the world are eager to encounter truth though their 5 senses. Is this something we need to get better at in order to reach more people for Jesus?
De-Westernizing our faith requires questioning our learned “indisputable laws of leadership” – in this case, efficiency as a measure of success.
When we view the Kingdom of God as a Hollywood movie – a seed, a struggle, then worldwide success – what are we missing? Is that the story the Bible tells?