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A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]
Oct 14

Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally

The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]
Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From [Continue reading...]
"Note that in making his selection, Jesus bypassed the religious institutions and took it to the streets. He snubbed the head of the class, the cream of the crop. He ignored credentials, achievements, and the “who’s who” of religious piety. He jettisoned every qualification we deem important in leadership and chose instead to call ordinary people—mostly manual laborers with little or no education, ministry experience, or leadership skills. They didn’t bring much to the table. They [Continue reading...]
Oct 7

Missionary Tip #4: Slow IS Faster Than You Think

That's to say that real solid long-term fruit takes time. My tip today, though succinct, might not be as specific and practical, but give it some thought: If you rush things, you may accomplish something fast, but it might not be fruitful in the long-term. Take gardening for example. Some plants take time before you even see evidence that they're growing. Once you plant a seed in the ground, you don't keep digging it up to see if it's producing anything, do you? Of course not, you leave [Continue reading...]
  Greetings friends. I've got quite a different episode of the show for you today -- unlike any I've recorded before. No, not because every episode is unique and so of course it stands to reason that this one is too. A number of months ago a listener of the show named David sent me an email through our Fire Press email account, telling me he was a long-time fan and wanted to know if I would be interested in previewing a copy of a book by his pastor, who also is a long-time fan of [Continue reading...]