Backing in: Muslim women, social media edition

Backing in: Muslim women, social media edition

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.

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Salt and Light in South Sudan

Salt and Light in South Sudan

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.

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Conference report: A great big family reunion

Conference report: A great big family reunion

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…

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Philip and the Ethiopian: 14 lessons in cross-cultural evangelism

Philip and the Ethiopian: 14 lessons in cross-cultural evangelism

14 lessons in cross-cultural evangelism from Acts 8

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Is 'Apostolic Base' an oxymoron?

Is ‘Apostolic Base’ an oxymoron?

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…

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Do you identify with these 4 roots of fear? (Good!)

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.

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"Why do Americans sleep on the couch?"

“Why do Americans sleep on the couch?”

“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.

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Jesus and the Disinherited

Jesus and the Disinherited

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…

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Moving to Kurdistan

Moving to Kurdistan

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…

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Hopeful New Year

Hopeful New Year

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.

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Jesus' incarnation through Middle-Eastern eyes

Jesus’ incarnation through Middle-Eastern eyes

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…

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Always Keep a Column

Always Keep a Column

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!

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Come ye to Bethlehem (like Ruth)

Come ye to Bethlehem (like Ruth)

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.

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On Living in Tents: Jacob, Vulnerability and the Cross-cultural Christian

On Living in Tents: Jacob, Vulnerability and the Cross-cultural Christian

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.

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On gender inequality. At 3am.

On gender inequality. At 3am.

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…

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6 Hard-earned pastoral lessons that work cross-culturally

6 Hard-earned pastoral lessons that work cross-culturally

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.

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Handling Crisis (from hot in the middle of one)

Handling Crisis (from hot in the middle of one)

Here are some quick thoughts on crisis, from hot in the middle of one.

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Softening Your Certainty

Softening Your Certainty

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.

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30 shekels of silver

30 shekels of silver

One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.

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The Bible is a Mirror

The Bible is a Mirror

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.

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Compassion: Mankind as Victim

Compassion: Mankind as Victim

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…

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Reading the Bible from the Global South

Reading the Bible from the Global South

An extended excerpt from Philip Jenkins “The New Faces of Christianity” on how believers might read the Bible from the global South

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Jerome or Augustine? (How do you view Bible translation?)

Jerome or Augustine? (How do you view Bible translation?)

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…

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10 contentions about Christian pioneering mission from Galatians 2.11-14

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…

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How to use the Bible in One Year app

How to use the Bible in One Year app

Ok. I’m doing it. Aiming to read consistent chunks of scripture using the Bible in One Year app. Join me?

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How I complete the year and look ahead

How I complete the year and look ahead

Every year I complete the year and look ahead. Today I’m sharing my process.

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04: No more night [WinSome Short]

04: No more night [WinSome Short]

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…

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Mission, Narrative & Us

Mission, Narrative & Us

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.

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Mission, Language & Us

Mission, Language & Us

In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit fell, and Jesus followers began speaking different languages. What’s the significance of proclaiming God in various languages?

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Minibus Theology: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack"

Minibus Theology: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack”

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.

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