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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mission, Postcolonialism & Us

Mission, Postcolonialism & Us

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.

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Mission, Postmodernism & Us

Mission, Postmodernism & Us

Is there such a thing as “missions expertise” or should every church have its own direct involvement with the nations?

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10 Reasons not to read American books on Leadership

10 Reasons not to read American books on Leadership

American books on leadership seem especially laden with tacit values – contextually true in the place of writing, but which don’t apply universally.

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The gospel for all cultures: An interview with Jayson Georges

The gospel for all cultures: An interview with Jayson Georges

Interview with the author of The 3D Gospel: ministry in guilt, shame, and fear cultures, covering masses of biblical missiology ground at top speed!

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2 ways to serve refugees today

2 ways to serve refugees today

The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East are staggering, but here are 2 ways you can serve refugees TODAY.

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Retelling Deborah's story

Retelling Deborah’s story

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?

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On De-Westernizing your faith: Equality & Opportunity

On De-Westernizing your faith: Equality & Opportunity

Westerners tend to read the Bible through the lens that all people are, and should be, equal. But that assumption is culturally conditioned.

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On De-Westernizing your faith: Monosense

On De-Westernizing your faith: Monosense

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?

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On De-Westernizing your faith: Efficiency

On De-Westernizing your faith: Efficiency

De-Westernizing our faith requires questioning our learned “indisputable laws of leadership” – in this case, efficiency as a measure of success.

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On De-Westernizing your faith: Eschatology

On De-Westernizing your faith: Eschatology

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?

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On De-Westernizing your faith: Individualism

On De-Westernizing your faith: Individualism

To cross cultures West to East with the gospel requires that we tackle individualism.

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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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Earthquake in Nepal

Earthquake in Nepal

Wondering how you can help in the wake of the earthquake in Nepal?

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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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6 Months after Ferguson: Interview with a St. Louis pastor

6 Months after Ferguson: Interview with a St. Louis pastor

We ask Bryan Mowrey from Jubilee Church, St. Louis, “With the media spotlight off, what are the on-going effects of Ferguson in the local church?”

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Adventures await on the other side of the cave

Adventures await on the other side of the cave

The initial cultural adjustment is like entering a cave. But maybe your dreams were too small. Adventures await on the other side.

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Why is suffering an indispensible part of cross-cultural gospel work?

Why is suffering an indispensible part of cross-cultural gospel work?

Any good book on cross-cultural ministry has a chapter on suffering. Why?

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The demons in my kitchen flee

The demons in my kitchen flee

Spiritual warfare: When theology and (in)experience meet the demons in your kitchen.

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How can I worship in a foreign language? (Part 3: Free to receive)

How can I worship in a foreign language? (Part 3: Free to receive)

Tackling two assumptions about worship in a foreign language. “My heart worshiped in English for 30 years. But my heart can expand.”

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On Memory

On Memory

“Post-colonialism is the world’s strongest form of memory.” I believe the post-colonial world slopes from West to East. It is not a level playing field.

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How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 2: New Beginnings)

How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 2: New Beginnings)

My story of learning to worship in a foreign language continues with a fresh start and new beginnings. (Part 2)

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How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 1: First Impressions)

How Can I Worship in a Foreign Language? (Part 1: First Impressions)

I love worshiping the God of the nations from my MidEast home, but it wasn’t always like that. This is my story of learning to worship in a foreign language.

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What do you get if you map the Lewis Model onto contextual theologies?

What do you get if you map the Lewis Model onto contextual theologies?

In which we take Richard Lewis’ business-world model for understanding various cultures and bend it to contextual theology.

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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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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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Into the tunnel

Into the tunnel

Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Got to go through it.

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