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Boko Haram–Problem or Solution?

  Recent News: Nigeria braces for escalation in terrorist attacks (HT: JRW) There is a problem in Nigeria. For some, Boko Haram is the problem.  For others, Boko Haram is the solution. I was recently in Nigeria, both in the highly “Christian” south, and also in the highly “Muslim” north.  Let me share a few thoughts on the recent global news of … Continue reading

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Into the Fire

Above you can see the burned remains of a Bible school in North Africa.  During my recent trip to the area, pastors walked me through buildings burned, bulldozed churches, and the tortured conditions of life as an evangelical Christian in North Africa. Through the tears and pain, the pastors shared with me the good news of our program among leaders … Continue reading

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Live Daringly

Live daringly. Those words ring in my ear every day.  I was in a conversation recently that spurred me to live more daringly.  It seems I’m in those kinds of conversations often these days. Because of what I do around the world, it is humbling to work with men and women who risk life and limb to carry Truth into … Continue reading

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A 4 Billion Person Need

Recently, T4 Global president Ed Weaver was asked by the Issachar Initiative to address the great global need to reach illiterate and oral learners of the world. What’s the The Issachar Initiative?  From their website: “The movement exists to serve the body of Christ by bringing vision and focus so its resources are strategically directed toward the fulfillment of the … Continue reading

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What happens when we admit Failure?

I have always been captivated by the fact that Jesus’ first instruction to his audience when preaching the gospel was “Repent!” (Mark 1:15).  ”Repent” is not a word often used in common contemporary English. Worse still, I’m afraid it’s not a word we use enough in the contemporary church either.  From the beginning, turn from our failures and missteps has … Continue reading

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We are at War. Pray for us.

Stonings, burning of buildings, and escalating violence in the capital city have marked the new strife between the two countries embattled. My brothers are at war.  They live in a country at war.  I want to hear their voices. I want to hear if their families are safe.  I want to hear the truth.  Since the leader declared war yesterday, … Continue reading

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All the world Upside Down: A Maundy Thursday Reflection

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14) When one serves a King, one must follow the rule of that King.  When one follows Jesus, one gets an added bonus: in the incarnation, Jesus rules as King and provides examples to all of His followers of what it looks … Continue reading

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Discipleship means showing up

Monday mornings generally mark the start of a new work week, and for me, that means a very early morning at the gym.  We meet, we pray, and we hit it hard.  Our small group builds accountability, discipline, and strength.  We set goals to increase a healthy dose of spiritual, emotional, and physical strength, and in order to enjoy it all, … Continue reading

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Beautiful Feet and the Good News of those who Go

When I think of feet, lots of interesting thoughts enter my mind.  Of all the images that race through my head, none of them would be characterized as “beautiful.”  When Paul reflected upon the missionary call, he called the messenger’s feet “beautiful” (Romans 10:14-15).  Jesus’ followers were willing to leave the comforts of home in order to carry the gospel … Continue reading

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More than a Word

Maana Mungu aliupenda ulimwengu hivi hata akamtoa Mwana wake wa pekee, ili kila amwaminiye asipotee, bali awe na uzima wa milele. Unless you have quick access to an online translator, I’m not sure how the words above can have any impact without having some understanding of Kiswahili. Even if you have a grasp on the basic mechanics of the language, … Continue reading

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