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?
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…
Should “ethnos” mean people within their socio-cultural space?
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…
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…
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 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.
One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.
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…
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.
Keller defines godly rest as “to be utterly satisfied with what’s been done.”
In my experience true togetherness has to start somewhere. It’s a road of faithful awkwardness until unity starts to ring true.
The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East are staggering, but here are 2 ways you can serve refugees TODAY.
Cross cultural workers often feel the pressure to be good at everything – superhuman, even. But maybe vulnerability packs a secretly beneficial punch…
“Come all who are weary, I’ll give you rest.” An invitation from Jesus in Matthew 11.
Elijah’s story helps us walk through unmet expectations.
How do you handle disappointment? Jeremiah, Carey, Kipling and John point us to robustness: “Take another scroll”
Bassam holds his sleepy daughter in one arm & tells the story of his last few months in Baghdad. “We left everything behind, but we have a mighty God.”
Christmas is the triumph of meekness. Witness God’s soliloquy in Luke 20:13: “What shall I do? I’ll send my son! Maybe they will honour him.”…
One of the great sins in cross-cultural living is non appreciation. But genuine love for people will mean that you cannot dismiss or discount their world.
Your loving Father has daily bread for you, and he is willing to give it freely.
I prayed for a miracle. It didn’t happen. There were only two options left: Work hard, learn bit-by-bit and practice, or give up the dream.
Generous giving isn’t Christian karma. God’s grace motivates our giving, and our giving is evidence of God’s grace – the filler in a grace sandwich.
In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson traveled to Southeast Asia with a dream of bringing the message of Jesus to the Sawi people.
If there is such a thing as a typical girl, I am not one of them. I would rather hike than sunbathe. I would rather drink a pint than a cocktail.
How many cross-cultural workers relate to Peter? He heard Jesus say “Come,” climbed out of the boat, and started to walk on the water.
Look at the stars. The world is growing ever fuller of them. In our day, in our time, the world is filling with a starry host. Millions of blessed people…
I live in a part of the world where power cuts are frequent. There’s been a big improvement, but life comes to a near standstill when the power goes off.
Is it possible to be satisfied in this life? Consider the culture we live in: before you unwrap your gift a newer, better, faster version on the shelves.
After Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, the last Old Testament prophets to write scripture, there were no more recognized prophets in Israel for 400 years.
Without thinking twice, the Magi set off on their long journey to see the new king, and in doing so invested their time, money, personal safety and more.
I don’t know who was first to think it, but Jacob was first to say it. As an expert herdsman, he recognised the essential shepherding functions…
If you want to see God – look at Jesus. Jesus is both the brilliance, the light, of God’s glory. He is also the delight, the sheer happiness of God’s glory.
Because of God’s tender mercy, Zechariah says that “the rising sun will come to us.” Jesus, the rising sun from heaven, brings us both healing and light.
Do you belong to Christ? Then you are a child of God, through faith. And you’ve been adopted in to a beautiful, messy, worldwide family.
Just as I had finally got to sleep on the sofa, teething baby in my arms, I heard a faint call from the bedroom upstairs. A familiar call of “Muuuum” grew in length and volume until it was heard all around the house.
The other day I was with my toddler on the way back from the grocery store. He has recently developed an obsession with trucks…
The storyteller clears his throat. His listeners quickly settle into their seats, inhale, and wait. Then he begins: “In the beginning, God…”
An invitation to behold Jesus, the Light of the World, through an Advent series of short scriptural meditations leading up to Christmas.
A well-known quote says “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Sometimes we approach prayer the same way. “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, pray.”
Isaiah 49:1-6 is “The Song of the Arrow.” It speaks to those in the season of preparation, between beginning to feel stirred to go, and getting on a plane.
Some of us are faith people. Sprinters. Some are patience people. Marathoners. To relocate a family, learn a language and plant a church requires both.
We must seek to identify as closely and deeply as we can with the people we are reaching. But why? Our series continues today with four more reasons.
If you are concerned about reaching new nations for Christ, then you are concerned with contextualization. The Son of God had to incarnate. So do you.