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Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part I)

Are You Up for a Short-Term Mission Trip? (Part I)

Short-Term Mission’s Trips (STM) are often embarked upon with only a minimal reflection on the implications. It may be in response to a picture or story of a needy child. It might come as the result of reading a prayer letter or simply because of vaguely remembered awareness of a country or people. Sometimes it…

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God’s Word Does Not Return Void

God’s Word Does Not Return Void

On Wednesday, Edmund came for breakfast and Bible study in John 3. After reviewing the dialogue between Christ and Nicodemus, we prayed together…

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13 The Beginning of the End: 7 Metrics of a Sending Church (Part 1)

If I were to guess, having read only the first couple of chapters of Acts, from where God would launch His international missionary venture, I would have to say, “Well, from Jerusalem—where else?” It seems like a logical choice. So much happened there, after all—the Triumphal Entry, the passion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus,…

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It’s Not Wrong; It’s Just Different!

It’s Not Wrong; It’s Just Different!

For most people, not feeling well simply results in a quick phone call to the doctor to setup an appointment at which time you show up and wait a few minutes before being taken back to be examined by the doctor. That’s not so here. Instead a person goes to the doctor’s office hoping you’re…

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A Sad Assessment

A Sad Assessment

Sometimes, passages become so well-known to us that we fail to be moved by them. We become so accustomed to the same passage being sermonized with the same points, we easily overlook them in search of something more. If ever there were words weighted with so much detail that they demand more intimate attention at…

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Short Term Missions

Short Term Missions

Short-Term Mission’s Trips (STM) are often embarked upon with only a minimal reflection on the implications. It may be in response to a picture or story of a needy child. It might come as the result of reading a prayer letter or simply because of vaguely remembered awareness of a country or people. Sometimes it…

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Field Notes: Lessons of Thankfulness

Field Notes: Lessons of Thankfulness

Conveying field experiences with mere words lacks sufficient means for adequately capturing the entirety ministry events. Therefore, both the difficulties and the successes are often minimized. Hoping to convey the ministry experience, I began a three-part series in an attempt to convey the adventure that is missions (see the links below for the previous stories)….

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Is the Great Commission for My Benefit?

Is the Great Commission for My Benefit?

I was recently in a gathering of missions leaders and missiologists. One of the seminars was about Short Term Missions (STM) trips. The presenter was arguing the benefits of sending church members on 7-10 day trips to the mission field. His primary argument was that it was an effective discipleship tool. In other words, putting…

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Just Begging to Give

Just Begging to Give

It was Nova Scotia, and it was February. The cold was as inescapable as gravity. My friend and I were visiting a young Christian family who had arrived the previous year from England. The father was currently unemployed, and they were just scraping by on what he was able to earn doing odd jobs. They…

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