The aspect that needs training, more than any other, in cross-cultural workers, is humility. Pride and mission are polar opposites. Pride pollutes mission but the mission of Christ is humble mission. How dare we turn up with all the answers when you don’t even know what questions people are asking?
Feeling small? Insignificant? Ill-equipped? Overlooked? Superfluous? God, who chooses the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, and the small to shame the great, has chosen you!
A cross-cultural Christian worker is an ambassador of Christ, representing the King in a foreign land!
The following are a few Muslim women who regularly show me a new perspective, make me think, and often make me laugh. Go follow their work and enter a new world.
We value all four imperatives: contextualization, local leadership development, theological development and refugee ministry. But they must never distract us from the primacy of planting local communities of Christ followers all over the Middle East and Central Asia.
In the lead-up to Christmas it is good to remember the story of Bethlehem. Bethlehem has always been a place where the Grace of God meets the Shame of Humanity.
Since moving to my host country a year ago, I have been learning about how to be “known” in the unknown. I have been reminded…
Pastor James Lokuuda and his team have seen the work multiply exponentially over the last 2 years; with over 5000 people becoming Christians and 13 new churches planted (in 2 years!) as they have continued to reach out amongst the Toposa community.
We realised we had no idea what you are supposed to do in an earthquake and so were doing what most people of our generation do, asking google.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Why? It’s just a tiny, insignificant village! Why should God become Man somewhere so marginal?
Recently I had the privilege of gathering together with family from over 27 different nations. We gathered in the Middle East for 5 days enjoying…
Build your plan on the rock, not on your visa requirements!
Matt 20 Parable is about envy. What is envy and why is it so destructive?
To much strength will kill you! Run fast, but not too fast.
Intercultural threshold-crossers are frequently overwhelmed by floods of difference. Language, ways of thinking, ethics, religion… it’s all paralyzingly, stupefyingly strange. Understanding our default reactions to…
14 lessons in cross-cultural evangelism from Acts 8
Should “ethnos” mean people within their socio-cultural space?
Is ‘apostolic base’ an oxymoron? Apostles are sent ones. A base is a place from which sending happens. Apostles are mobile. Bases are static. Apostles…
My counsellor told me that I am addicted to adrenaline. Like Michael Schumacher, who retired from racing Formula 1 cars only to have a near-fatal…
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.
Bernard Lewis, the Middle East Historian born in 1916 (yes, he’s 101 years old now!), has published his memoirs. For anyone interested in history, and…
“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…
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.