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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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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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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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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How do you support yourself overseas? Fundraising? Tentmaking? Business as Mission?

How do you support yourself overseas? Fundraising? Tentmaking? Business as Mission?

Our guest contributor Luke gets the conversation going on how to financially support your God-adventure.

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How to get water into a duck

How to get water into a duck

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?

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Minibus Theology: The Vineyard

Minibus Theology: The Vineyard

What is God’s answer to rebellion and dishonor? Prophet, prophet, prophet, Son.

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3 Concepts that Supercharged my Language Learning

3 Concepts that Supercharged my Language Learning

It took me 5 years to come across these language learning concepts. Enjoy the fruit of my confusion – lightbulb moments the easy way!

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Why fight for heart language?

Why fight for heart language?

English is the world’s international language. Why struggle to present the gospel in heart languages? AM gives us 3 compelling reasons.

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3 Truths & a Lie: What it really takes to be fluent

3 Truths & a Lie: What it really takes to be fluent

In Part 2 of the language learning series Grace tackles what it really takes to be fluent.

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Why learn language? (Intro to language learning series)

Why learn language? (Intro to language learning series)

Language learning is a microcosm of the struggle to contextualize. Not just grammar and vocab, but entering a new conversation. Joining a new community.

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The Power of Indirect Speech

The Power of Indirect Speech

Indirect speech. Not backing down, not compromising, but a gateway into communicating in honor and shame cultures.

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6 reasons to watch more movies

6 reasons to watch more movies

Watch local movies regularly and it will help you explore language and culture in many helpful ways.

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Advent: The road to Jesus' birth in 25 Stories

Advent: The road to Jesus’ birth in 25 Stories

This simple Advent calendar uses Bible Storying to explain the road to Jesus’ birth.

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My top 8 books on Contextual Theology

My top 8 books on Contextual Theology

8 recommended reads on contextual theology, with a highlighted quote from each.

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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.

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3 tools I love for learning any language

3 tools I love for learning any 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.

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Is it appropriate to use gifted money for long-term savings? 3 church leaders weigh in

Is it appropriate to use gifted money for long-term savings? 3 church leaders weigh in

Gifted money feels different than a typical salary. Is it appropriate to spend it on long-term savings? 3 church leaders weigh in.

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Business as Mission

Business as Mission

Business is not an ‘add-on’ but a mission field in itself – a central area of life and society that needs to be redeemed.

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Narnia in Zululand: The Power of Story

Narnia in Zululand: The Power of Story

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.

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Learning Money

Learning Money

Moving is expensive. Moving cross-culturally costs even more. Here are 3 reminders for a financial attitude adjustment toward “learning money.”

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Moving with a Family

Moving with a Family

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.

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Storying the Old and New Testaments - Two Great Resources

Storying the Old and New Testaments – Two Great Resources

When seeking to communicate God’s word through storying, knowing some context is everything.

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5 tips to win Guest of the Year: visit cross-culturally and bring a blessing!

5 tips to win Guest of the Year: visit cross-culturally and bring a blessing!

My top 5 tips to help you “have fun and be a blessing” to your hosts when you visit cross-culturally.

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Stop, collaborate and listen

Stop, collaborate and listen

I think I scared people my first months overseas. I was a cartoon character – big, unblinking eyes, ears straining forward, oddly fixed smile.

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The Advent Meta-narrative in 25 Scriptures

The Advent Meta-narrative in 25 Scriptures

If you could only choose 25 scriptures to explain the Christmas narrative, which would you use? Here is my attempt.

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Share the Advent Story in any Language

Share the Advent Story in any Language

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.

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Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Functioning as a Sending Church (Part 2)

Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Functioning as a Sending Church (Part 2)

Our conversation continues with Silas and Catherine. What practical steps do you take to send people well cross-culturally?

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Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Becoming a Sending Church

Sending Well: Silas and Catherine on Becoming a Sending Church

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?

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Finding Joy for Life on Foot

Finding Joy for Life on Foot

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.

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3 Tips for a City Church Planting Team

3 Tips for a City Church Planting Team

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.

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When you can't be there for the people you love

When you can’t be there for the people you love

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.

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Book Review: Ministering Cross-Culturally

Book Review: Ministering Cross-Culturally

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.

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"Are you fluent?" (my favorite resource)

“Are you fluent?” (my favorite resource)

“Are you fluent?” Every language learner has been asked this question multiple times. This great resource helps you figure out the answer.

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