Missions Theory

The Mess of Short Term Missions

by Editor on May 24, 2015

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(yep, that’s me on a short term missions trip trying to hold babies–guilty as charged) Needless to say, there has been a ton of debate around the topic of how to do short term missions trips well, and it’s a sensitive issue. I’ve read countless articles and heated debates on blogs, both lauding and criticizing short […]

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They Are Not Ready…

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 20, 2015

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“They are not ready…” These may be some of the most frequently uttered words when missionaries consider passing the baton of leadership. They can also be the most painful. One of the leaders I work with shares the story of being a young, oppressed worker in South Africa during the time of apartheid: A white […]

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6 Ways to Be Certain of the “Call”

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 4, 2015

6 Ways to Be Certain of The Call

There is much debate and discussion around The Call. Mysterious, spiritual, dreamy. Everyone else’s Call story is better. The Call is supposed to come in a flash and be so powerful that it under girds every decision and emotion and experience for the rest of your life, no questions asked, no doubts ever encountered. It […]

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We’re excited to feature Cindy Brandt again today. Cindy has written for us before and is the author of a new book, Outside In. You can learn more about her book and get it for free here. ********************** I have lived cross culturally almost my entire life. Born in Taiwan, I knew one language, one culture, […]

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10 Things Flying Taught Me About Missions

by Jonathan Trotter on March 19, 2015

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I love flying. It just doesn’t get old for me. I’ve jumped the Pacific a bunch; I’ve skipped over the Atlantic a few times. I have my own license to fly small aircraft, but still, every time I fly I feel like a little kid who’s milk got spiked with espresso. Sometimes I’m afraid the […]

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Missionary or Indiana Jones?

by Editor on March 6, 2015

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When we talk about missions, how do we frame the conversation? Is it about adventure for God? About putting your life at risk for the gospel along with a helping of pride? Today our guest poster, Tera, talks about this. Once you read it, will you join the conversation at the end of the piece? […]

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Money Gives us Power over People

by Chris Lautsbaugh on February 24, 2015

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Last month at A Life Overseas, we discussed the dangerous stories we can tell in order to raise funds. This requires further consideration if we provide funds, pay national workers, or are just generous in any way. While the debate on this one is hot and heavy, I doubt we can make absolute statements. “Always […]

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When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t

by Jonathan Trotter on January 1, 2015

My parents had their life all mapped out, and then their baby was born with chromosomal abnormalities and died at home, surrounded by tubes and oxygen tanks, only a month old. As a teenager, I had my life pretty well planned out (get my pilot’s license, be Nate Saint). But then my mom got cancer […]

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A Christmas Prayer

by Jonathan Trotter on December 9, 2014

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“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” The Star of Bethlehem had a point, an important point. But the star was not the point. The star fulfilled its role of leading across cultures and religious paradigms, down dusty roads and around a paranoid prince, to […]

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The Idolatry of Missions

by Jonathan Trotter on November 9, 2014

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Missionaries are like the church’s Special Forces, right? They go into enemy territory, sometimes covertly, tearing down walls for Jesus. They have special training, preparing them to serve in the darkest places around the globe. Missionaries are on the front lines of the Kingdom of Heaven, right? I’m sorry, but no. Wherever the Gospel is […]

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Avoiding Mission Drift

by Chris Lautsbaugh on October 29, 2014

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We’ve seen Christian organizations publicly wrestle with change in recent times. InterVarsity is facing this pressure to allow non-Christians to be a part of their leadership. This is resulting in them being banned from certain campuses. Will they change some of their core values? World Vision battled with adopting new policies, leading to a back […]

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Set Them On a Path

by Tara Livesay on August 1, 2014

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A friend recently wrote and shared this from Barbara Kingsolver, the author of the Poisonwood Bible: There was a quote in the author’s notes at the beginning that blew my doors off.  Barbara is thanking her parents for being good ones and lists a few traits she particularly values. She states the final thing she […]

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