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Give Your Church a Vision for the World

“Most of us recognise that we live in a very big, very complex world where there’s a lot going on in the global church that we’re not aware of or that we don’t quite understand. Most of us also recognise that God desires his people to pray for his will to be done, and his kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven. And a lot of the time, we don’t really know quite how to put these two together…”

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Make Plans Now for World Mission Sunday 2019

February 10, 2019, is one of the most potent days in our coming year: “Anglican World Mission Sunday.” Why is it potent? Because it often takes the realization of our world-wide connectedness with fellow believers – and the great need for the Gospel in other corners of the world – to blast us out of the pew into mature Christian endeavor…”

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Urbana 2018: Faithful Witness

“This was my third Urbana, but my first Urbana where I wasn’t a student anymore, now I was an exhibitor. At Urbana 2012, I had committed to pursuing missions and giving my life and dreams to God. At Urbana 2015, God brought healing in the midst of heartbreak and revived the dreams we had begun to dream together since the previous Urbana. This year I was coming into Urbana exhausted and a little jaded by the social and political climate the last several years…”

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Part 2: Baptism for the ex-Muslim Christian: Some Pastoral Observations

“When considering the safety of converts from Islam, a recommended practice, if possible, is preparing converts for baptism in groups. In the context of Muslim villages in Southeast Asia one minister told me that they will not carry out baptisms until there is a large threshold of people—40 or 50. The reasoning is that it is easy for a Muslim society to compel one or two converts to return to Islam through abuse and enticement…”

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Part 1: Baptism for the ex-Muslim Christian: Some Pastoral Observations

“The number of people converting from Islam to Christianity has never been higher than what we’re seeing today. When it comes to caring for these converts, baptism is without a doubt one of the most sensitive and important issues in relation to Christ’s converts from Islam…”

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Obedience Over Excellence

I confess that I struggle with perfectionism.  It seems that even despite my best intentions to the contrary, I so often set up this image in my mind of what excellence looks like, and then I beat myself up as I struggle to attain it…or descend into shame as I inevitably fall short.  As a teacher of gifted youngsters, I see this happen over and over in our culture today.  This idolatry of self as we...

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The First Christian Refugees: A Christmas Story

“At Christmas we like to focus on the miraculous birth, a beautiful baby, the royal visitors, a bright, guiding star and rich, elaborate gifts…But we often overlook the other side of the story –  the dark side that doesn’t come with a pretty bow. One of a jealous dictator, death threats and a ‘massacre of innocents’ (Matthew 2:16).  One that sends a young couple and their small child fleeing for their lives.*…” 

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Serving Jesus in the Arctic

I had the chance to catch up with my friend and seminary colleague Rebecca Osborn. She and her husband, Jared, are priests serving the Lord in Iqaluit, Canada. I first learned of Rebecca’s call to Iqaluit and the Inuit people when I saw a picture of her and her two, super cute preschool aged children in full snow suits in the middle of what looked like (at least to a Floridian) a terrible blizzard. I thought to myself, wow, she is freezing her butt off for Jesus. 

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