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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #005: NO BRAINS OF OUR OWN

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #005: NO BRAINS OF OUR OWN

#5 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit.  (This article originally posted in 2012 and is being republished for new readers that may have missed it–Editor). On 29 November 1863, in a sermon…

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Pouring Yourself Out

Pouring Yourself Out

A married couple in their 60’s (with decades of experience teaching school, Bible clubs, and Bible studies) said goodbye to their adult children, grandchildren, and elderly parents to serve in an Asian country as school teachers. When God prepared this couple to go to this school, He first brought them through a very deep, dark…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #004: GOT THE BADGE–WHERE’S THE HORSE?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #004: GOT THE BADGE–WHERE’S THE HORSE?

#4 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. (This article originally posted in 2012 and is being republished for new readers that may have missed it–Editor). Imagine a sheriff in the Old…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #003: IT AIN’T JUST ABOUT THE MONEY

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #003: IT AIN’T JUST ABOUT THE MONEY

#3 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit.  This article originally posted in 2012 and is being republished for new readers that may have missed it–Editor. In your view, what are the fifteen…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

#2 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. (This article originally posted in 2012 and is being republished for new readers that may have missed it–Editor). Did your parents ever ask you,…

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The Sovereign God

The Sovereign God

There is no self-sufficient Christian. Identification as a Christian is identification with Christ, indicating a recognition of one’s own need for the help. Such a worldview creates friction with our American culture which seeks to enable self-sufficiency. That same friction exists in cross-cultural ministry where community is key. That’s why when a child of one…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

#1 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. (This article originally posted in 2013 and is being published again for new readers that may have missed it.–Editor.) That’s apo-luo, not apo-luau. No…

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Witnessing Outside the Box

Witnessing Outside the Box

Early in the afternoon, I left the Hong Kong skyscrapers behind and headed into the nearby mountains with a friend I have been witnessing to for the last two years. We hadn’t gotten together for a couple of months so as we hiked through the jungle-like forest and sat beneath a towering waterfall, we caught…

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Can You Quote It?

Can You Quote It?

Can you quote the mission statement for your church? You are way above the average church member if you can.   The most foundational declaration about your church is the purpose statement (or, mission statement). This one sentence explains “WHY” your church exists. Everything else your church does should be built on this statement. Every…

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Daily Kindness Opens a Door

Daily Kindness Opens a Door

A young man in his twenties fled his home country to arrive in Europe. It was no easy trip. He fled on foot, eventually ending up adrift on the sea in a small, crowded boat. He and the others were rescued before the boat sank. He finally made his way to our home town. He…

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