What is a “Macedonian call”?

What is a “Macedonian call”?

Some missionaries speak of a “Macedonian call”, referring to this incident in the life of the apostle Paul, “During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us. When he had seen the...
What does global mission have to do with . . . “The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven” and “The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value”? (Matthew 13:31–33, 44–46)

What does global mission have to do with . . . “The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven” and “The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value”? (Matthew 13:31–33, 44–46)

What does global mission have to do with Jesus’ “Parables of the Kingdom” in Matthew 13? We’ll take a look, in the last of this three part blog series. In Matthew 13:31–33, we have two parallel parables. There is a stark contrast between what ancient writers...
One Faith Multiplied—The Next Chapter

One Faith Multiplied—The Next Chapter

Nearly a decade ago, my colleague Dean Davis and I had the privilege of telling the story of a remarkable man, Enrique Guillén. In One Faith Multiplied, we introduced the life, faith, and enduring legacy of this disciple-maker extraordinaire. Small in...

One New Humanity (Part 2): Ephesians 2:11–22

Countries make grand resolutions towards achieving unity without real change. Churches know that racism and discrimination are wrong, but they persist among some of its members. The modern society’s ideal of a multi-cultural global world is desirable but collapsing...

One New Humanity (Part 1)

Following the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, an impassioned debate about racism has exposed deep wounds running through minority communities, and presents a great challenge to everyone who belongs to the church and believes that God calls us to reach out to...

Contentment in a time of COVID

 In his letter to the Philippians, Paul says, “I have learned to be content with whatever I have” (Philippians 4:11). This sounds easy to say but much harder to live. How can we be content in a time of COVID-19, when normal life has been suspended? When we’re...
I Will Send You Far Away

I Will Send You Far Away

The year: 1994. The place: Kenya, East Africa where I was serving as a volunteer missionary for one year. I knew I was called to be a Bible teacher by that point but I didn’t know where and how. I was beginning to get the impression that God might be calling me to...

Things Can Change

We’ve been having political problems again here in Haiti. Many US news outlets have stopped reporting on problems in Haiti because people are simply tired of hearing about it. Round and around Haiti goes with its problems and unending poverty. Sometimes it just seems...