September 2019

Depression and My Some Other Day

by Craig Thompson on September 30, 2019

On September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, I, like many of you, read the news that Jarrid Wilson had taken his own life. I didn’t know Jarrid, but his death made national news—and reached my computer screen—because he was an associate pastor of a California mega-church and because he and his wife had co-founded Anthem […]


Introverts on an Expat Team

by Jerry Jones on September 24, 2019

Introverts are finally getting a LOT of attention. That’s pretty ironic. So many writers are addressing the challenges that introverts face in a world built for extraverts.  There is a trend . . .  a wave . . . some would even call it a revolution of information that is calling our attention to the fact that we have […]


After Moving Season

by Editor on September 19, 2019

by Ellen Bragdon It’s September again. I’m back in Southeast Asia, and that means rainy season, so my umbrella better be in my purse at all times. I’ve stubbornly put out my fall decorations, though this place has never seen “fall,” and I’ve just paid $7 for a small head of Australian broccoli. In June, […]


Why Beginnings Matter

by Amy Young on September 18, 2019

I had flown to China before, but that was always with a return ticket. When I moved to China, my ticket was one-way. Back in the day, smoking was allowed on the flights. I was on a Chinese based airline and I began to understand some of the changes I was in for when the […]


To Joyfully Be Manure

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 16, 2019

Annalena Tonelli was an Italian catholic who spent 34 years working among Somali nomads with tuberculosis in Kenya, Somalia, and Somaliland. Stronger than Death: How Annalena Defied Terror and Tuberculosis in the Horn of Africa is her biography, a story of courage, radical love, and crossing religious and cultural boundaries. The very first piece I […]


I didn’t even know about the exvangelical movement until about a week ago, when I read about this former pastor’s leaving of the faith. I have now read enough to have some context for the term exvangelical. I have enough compassion to want to hear every story of every person who has entered into it. […]


5+ Questions to Ask a Visiting Missionary at Dinner

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 10, 2019

Ok, so you’re inviting a visiting missionary over for dinner. For sure you’ll ask them about their ministry and all they are experiencing God doing in the hearts and lives of the people they serve. This is good and important, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing you talk about. In my experience, […]


When You Need to Make Major Life Decisions

by Editor on September 6, 2019

by Sara Simons Within the last week I’ve had at least four conversations with individuals who are experiencing the inner restlessness of pending transition. These feelings of restlessness are often accompanied by anxiety, stress and disturbed sleep. The awareness has surfaced that they are on the verge of burnout, are living in a place of […]


So Much N O I S E! (and a Book Giveaway)

by Jonathan Trotter on September 3, 2019

I grew up in rural America. We had neighbors, but you couldn’t see them. In fact, get this, you couldn’t even hear them. And I know this stretches the bounds of believability, but you couldn’t even smell the neighbors’ food. They were acres away. We were closer to cows than people. Now I live in […]


Are You Tired?

by Editor on September 1, 2019

by Julie Francis Have you ever wanted to quit? Give up? Throw in the towel? Throw up your hands? Walk out the door? Are you tired? Tired of turning the other cheek? Putting others before yourself? Praying for your enemies? Blessing those who curse you? Are you weary? From stress? Obligation? Conflict? Boredom? Same old/same […]