Jonathan Trotter

Don’t Call Your Kids “World Changers”

by Jonathan Trotter on October 4, 2018

It’s tempting. I get it. It sounds motivating and inspirational. I get that too. But I’ve come to believe that the good-intentioned, hopefully inspiring practice of talking about children as “world-changers” is, in most cases, damaging. You can cover it with a spiritual veneer, you can call it “speaking truth over them,” you can call […]

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Out of Office Reply

by Jonathan Trotter on September 3, 2018

Some things will just suck the blog right out of you. Furlough and book editing are apparently two of those things. Our family spent the summer back in the States, and while we very much enjoyed catching up with friends and family, it was exhausting. You all know that already. We’ve been back less than […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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Despair is Where Hope is Born

by Jonathan Trotter on May 2, 2018

Sometimes I get tired of talking about sad things. Sometimes I want to talk about peace and love and joy. So recently, when I was asked to join two other speakers in presenting on the theme, “Emotions in the Psalms,” I asked if I could do something on the happy side. I’m tired of talking […]

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Check out this collection of our most-read articles

by Jonathan Trotter on April 5, 2018

Consider this the Table of Contents for a book on missions, cross-cultural living, grief, TCKs, MKs, missiology, common pitfalls, transition, short-term missions, relating to senders, and a whole lot more. I figured it was time to compile our most-read posts and present them to you, organized by topic. So here they are, 85 of our […]

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Someone alleges abuse. Someone in power rushes to hush or silence the accuser, sometimes even using Scriptures or “biblical principles” as the gag. And it’s so wrong. It’s poison, offered as cure, both to the victim and those close by. But there’s an idea I’ve been developing that just might be an antidote. At least […]

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One Simple Way to Bless TCKs

by Jonathan Trotter on February 8, 2018

“My book is called Misunderstood because that is how many young TCKs feel.” – Tanya Crossman It’s true. Many kids grow up among worlds and end up feeling completely and totally misunderstood. They may feel misunderstood by the societies they’ve grown up in and the societies they’ve returned too. They may feel misunderstood by the nuclear families […]

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The Proverbs 32 Man

by Jonathan Trotter on January 1, 2018

Women have had their chapter long enough, and my wife’s written about how she’s pretty much failed at following it. I think it’s time for the men. It’s time we define the ideal man to whom we should compare all men, from henceforth and forevermore, regardless of context or culture, giftedness or calling, personality or […]

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I hear you. Some of you are angry and disenfranchised. I’m on Twitter. I know. You see the church and politicians wedded at the hip, and you throw up. You feel like the American church has sold her soul and is rejoicing about the bargain. You’re embarrassed, like a cool kid with an uncool mother, Mac […]

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On Fundamental Sadness and the Deeper Magic

by Jonathan Trotter on October 25, 2017

Some call it pessimism. Unspiritual. A sickness best treated with peppy music and cliché-riddled Christianese. They caution and guard against sadness, considering it a rabbit hole (or a worm hole) leading nowhere good. Others call it holy. Jeremiah-ish. Defending it with the label of realism – open eyes that see things as they truly are. […]

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You’re probably going to leave the field. Someday, somehow, the vast majority of us will say goodbye, pack up, cry tears of joy or sorrow or both, and depart. How will that work out for you? Well, frankly, I have no idea. But I do know that there are some things you can do to […]

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A Note from the Leadership Team

by Jonathan Trotter on September 28, 2017

May of 2013, A Life Overseas co-founder Laura Parker wrote an article celebrating the site’s six-month anniversary and its first 100 posts. At that time, our Facebook community numbered about 800 folks. As of this writing, regular and guest writers have published 742 articles, with a community on Facebook exceeding 11,000 people! Thank you for […]

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