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
Church Planting in Bihar, India
Our partner in Bihar is New India Evangelistic Association – NIEA. Dr. Alex Philip is the leader of that ministry and has become a good friend over the past few years. This past week, he sent a report for our review that detailed some of the outcomes of our joint work with them in the six primary languages of the … Continue reading
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
Reports from Bihar
“The Audio Bible was distributed and Angika speaking people listened to the songs, drama and God’s word and were very happy to receive the information regarding God and his Word. Through the Audio Bible, 5 families have accepted the Lord and they are attending the church too.” Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
Happiness is hearing
I can’t speak for everyone but my experience is that hearing someone speak my language when I’m surrounded by folks speaking other languages quickly grabs my attention. So I can understand the broad smiles that come when folks hear recordings of Scripture stories for the first time in their own language. Especially when their language is a minority language not … Continue reading