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Your Part in Advancing the Cause

I love the word “advance!” It communicates momentum, action and intentional activity. But in a world where everything is moving at lightning speed, the advance can loose some of its punch. The truth is that unless we know where we are going, advancing is simply an act of physical movement without the intentionality that we…

Barriers Don’t Equal Thwarted Ministry

How many of you have ever made your way through a maze or completed the same sort of activity in paper? The interesting thing about mazes is that they are full of barriers. In fact, it wouldn’t be considered a maze if the barriers didn’t exist! Our goal, of course, is to get to enter…

What is Your Response?

What is our response to the teeming cities that are scattered about this world? As we smell the pollution that billows and the cuisines coming from thousands of kitchens, do our senses demand of us a response? What about when we are standing in a subway, bus or elevator with humanity pressed up against us?…

Talking Together about Money

As we work together around the globe to do evangelism and ministry projects, the two words that will come up most often are “partnership” and “money.” These two words take up huge amounts of time in restaurants, on long dirt road journeys and in conference rooms. The strange thing is that for all the time…

Finding Truth Beyond Skepticism

It is easy to question things we don’t understand. It may be a tradition in our family or community that seems very strange to us. Or it might be a new idea that our friends are talking about. Whatever the idea, it is easier to question it than to do the hard work of thinking it…

If Church is a process, what is your role?

Around the world believers are asking questions about what church should look, feel and act like. This is a natural process that has happened throughout the history of the church but is no less important for our generation to think through and define. And like in every other generation the stakes are very high. Our…

Moving Beyond Stereotypes

It is easy to live by stereotypes. If you wear those clothes, live in that neighborhood, have those friends, or talk with a certain accent, then I have a label for you and it helps me to manage the flood of people and information in my life. But the problem with stereotypes is that it…

Don’t interrupt . . . I’m typing

We are all very good at talking . . . writing . . . speaking and finding every imaginable way to present our ideas. Usually our human nature kicks in when it comes to where we invest this time doesn’t it? If we are going to speak, write or discuss an idea, we want the…

Open For Ministry

One of the most exciting and frightening aspects of the Internet (and blogging in particular) is the openness and direct connection that it gives you with the world. I’m sure many of you have experienced that and have struggled to balance your desire to engage with others and share your heart with the concern about…

God brought us here . . . now what?

I didn’t start out the day intending to talk with you and I’m guessing that on the average day you probably didn’t think about talking with me either. It is not that I don’t want to talk with you or that you are avoiding me. Instead it is just the fact that I have so…

2010 Is Here!

 “2010!”  Can you believe it?  This much anticipated year is now upon us.  Cape Town 2010 (CT2010) is just nine and a half months away.  The vision we have been articulating and the plans that we have been developing since June 2005 will soon be a reality.  How we pray that this Third Lausanne Congress…

The Countdown Is On

While we were in Cape Town a couple of months ago, the local host committee unveiled a large Cape Town 2010 Countdown Clock.  This huge clock will count down the days until the beginning of The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. As I write this blog today, Cape Town 2010 is 311 days away. …

Partnerships: Spaces of Authenticity and Inclusion

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. Most of us want…

Standing in the Room

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. When God called me…

Partnership and Mission

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. Let’s understand a little…

On Partnership

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. I have been ruminating…

Humility: The Starting Point

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. Sitting in a meeting…

God’s Reign: An Invitation to Partnership

During the month of November members of the Word Made Flesh team share reflections on partnership and challenge us to move beyond our current understanding of what it means to be partners with one another to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel in word and deed. It is good to…

What Do We Mean By Partnership?

At the very least the recorded history of modern missions has been largely read as a colonializing white enterprise of the Western (European and American) church. This version of mission has often under reported the role of partnership in service. It also fails to acknowledge the trending reality that Christianity in 2009 is no longer a Western…

Proudly Christian

The 27 countries I visit as an International Deputy Director of The Lausanne Movement are those I cover as Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in English and Portuguese Speaking Africa.  I’m happy to be corrected, but I think there are about five Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa – Angola, Cape Verde…