What if We’re the Target for Missionaries?

It was at least 25 years ago when my grandmother said to me, “someday, other countries will be sending missionaries to the United States.” I grew up in a church with a heavy emphasis on foreign mission. Jesus had commanded his followers to go, and we honored those who heeded that call to travel to…

#95 – The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book makes the list for being one of the first books I read that helped expand my understanding of the diversity and largeness of the Christian tradition.  Jenkins shows how Christianity has numerically exploded in the Global South since 1900.  He also shows, and goes into more depth in future books (which are also…

Weekly Word – Persecution, stumbling blocks, spiritual death and us

(Every week, give or take, I send out a brief email to the students with some thoughts from Scripture and I offer it here also in case it may encourage anyone else who comes across it) Last evening we studied Matthew 18:1-14.  When Jesus tells his disciples to have faith like a child, he is…