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!
Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Why? It’s just a tiny, insignificant village! Why should God become Man somewhere so marginal?
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?
Should “ethnos” mean people within their socio-cultural space?
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
Our guest contributor Luke gets the conversation going on how to financially support your God-adventure.
The English saying “water off a duck’s back” describes many people’s experience in sharing the gospel cross-culturally. So how do you get water into a duck?
What is God’s answer to rebellion and dishonor? Prophet, prophet, prophet, Son.
It took me 5 years to come across these language learning concepts. Enjoy the fruit of my confusion – lightbulb moments the easy way!
English is the world’s international language. Why struggle to present the gospel in heart languages? AM gives us 3 compelling reasons.
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.
Indirect speech. Not backing down, not compromising, but a gateway into communicating in honor and shame cultures.
Watch local movies regularly and it will help you explore language and culture in many helpful ways.
This simple Advent calendar uses Bible Storying to explain the road to Jesus’ birth.
8 recommended reads on contextual theology, with a highlighted quote from each.
An inspiring story of one young American-Pakistani’s journey to faith, and how we can be reaching out to Muslims wherever we are in the world.
In February I wrote about God nudging me to go for more language learning. Here are 3 tools helping me chase my language goals.
Gifted money feels different than a typical salary. Is it appropriate to spend it on long-term savings? 3 church leaders weigh in.
Business is not an ‘add-on’ but a mission field in itself – a central area of life and society that needs to be redeemed.
A teacher’s job is not only to educate the mind but to train the emotional palette to have a taste for the right things. The answer, I found, lies in story.
Moving is expensive. Moving cross-culturally costs even more. Here are 3 reminders for a financial attitude adjustment toward “learning money.”
As our family prepared to move we spoke to many people, read books, assimilated much knowledge in a short time. What stayed with us were a few pithy axioms.
When seeking to communicate God’s word through storying, knowing some context is everything.
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.
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.
Our conversation continues with Silas and Catherine. What practical steps do you take to send people well cross-culturally?
Part 1 of an interview with Silas and Catherine on becoming a sending church. How did their UK church get envisioned for the nations of the world?
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.
There are few books that seem to continually crop up on recommended reading lists for cross-cultural workers. Ministering Cross-Culturally is one of them.