Missions Theory

I’m a missionary. Can I be a mom too?

by Editor on May 2, 2016

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I balanced a plate of rice in one hand and a plate of curried meat and vegetables in the other. I was tackling the dinner line at a missionary retreat, gathering food for the whole family while my husband settled the kids at a table. The man in front of me introduced himself and we […]

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Today’s guest post comes from Craig Greenfield, whose new book Subversive Jesus: an adventure in justice, mercy and faithfulness in a broken world is out this month. Subversive Jesus is the story of one family’s experiment in putting the most counter-cultural teachings of Christ into practice. When Jesus says invite the poor for a meal, Craig […]

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The Cult of Calling

by Editor on April 19, 2016

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I don’t like to say that God “calls me” anymore. When I graduated from a Christian college, I believed I would change the world.  I was determined to be useful, significant and different.  I wasn’t going to join the throng of sell-outs who eventually move to comfy white-picket homes in the suburbs and attend churches […]

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The Gaping Hole in the Modern Missions Movement {part 2}

by Jonathan Trotter on April 4, 2016

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Thanks for joining us for Part 2! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here. Here are some resources for filling in the gaping whole. This is pretty much the opposite of an exhaustive list, so please feel free to share any books, music, videos, etc. that have helped you dive into the Psalms, […]

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The Gaping Hole in the Modern Missions Movement {part 1}

by Jonathan Trotter on April 4, 2016

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I think something’s missing. It’s something that Jesus loved (and studied) a whole lot. It’s missing because it doesn’t really fit into our Discovery Bible story sets. It doesn’t seem to add value to our NGOs or leadership trainings. It doesn’t offer an immediate return on investment or accelerate the planting and growing of churches. It’s the […]

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Don’t give it all away

by Editor on March 17, 2016

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My internal situational analyst is part fascinated, part disturbed by Jesus’ challenge to give everything up and just follow Him. “If I go and do likewise,” it asks in a small voice, verging on terror, “If I give everything up, how will I live?” One of my organization’s guiding principles while I was serving in Uganda was […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 10, 2016

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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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This is not what I signed up for

by Andy Bruner on March 8, 2016

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  Here are some sad but true stories. Exhibit A: A young couple feels God’s call to the mission field. The husband was an avionics technician and skilled in all things related to radios. (This was back in the early 70s.) They joined a large mission organization and were recruited to go to Africa. They […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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There’s no such thing as the “deserving poor”

by Craig Greenfield on February 18, 2016

My neighbors were evicted. I came home to find their worldly belongings – a couple of dirty sheets, a filthy pink pillow and assorted clothing – piled in a puddle outside my front door. They had previously been living crammed together in one of the tiny, windowless rooms that line our alleyway. Apparently our landlord […]

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Why Are We Here?

by Jonathan Trotter on February 1, 2016

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Why are we here? Why have we chosen lives that cause us to engage suffering in very raw ways? Visible ways? Why do we expose our hearts to people in pain? Why do we use our passports for more than an occasional vacation? Why do we live in places where we sweat more than we […]

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Travel Delusions

by Editor on January 26, 2016

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It cost me 436 US dollars to renew my passport. I was planning to do it for half the price when I got home later, but I ran out of pages. That’s right, I ran out of passport pages. A fact that I was pretty proud about – until it cost me a significant amount of time […]

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