There’s been a huge shift in how business and missions intertwine. No longer can missionaries simply plan to find employment in the field. In most places, they must now create an enterprise that will serve the population in order to gain access to the people they desire to reach.
We wonder why God has chosen to bless someone else, but not me or the church or ministry I am a part of. We compare and wonder why other people were chosen, and we were passed over.
I’m always humbled and amazed by the rapid growth and strength of the African Church. In the past, we sent missionaries to evangelize the African nations. The reality is that they’ve grown to be such spiritual giants they’re now sending missionaries to evangelize the increasingly pagan west!
In our walk with God, we need both spiritual breakthrough, and slow and steady processes. Breakthrough is when God overwhelms your life with the weight of His presence.
If people understood the theological implication of sacrifice that this request for “more” requires of them, they might not ask for it so casually.
There is a radical cultural shift happening in America. The Church must continually reassess how best to present the message of the Gospel. We are charged with presenting the truth no matter our context.
I believe so fully in the power of prayer–I’ve seen too many miracles not to. This is why we value setting aside multiple work days per year dedicated to corporate, intercessory prayer.
While we fully anticipated that the West would grow increasingly paganized, I never expected how hard the rise of the pagan mind would hit the church. Maybe, I just didn’t expect how poorly the church would respond.
Every time I post about refugees, I get a backlash of political comments. I don’t broach this subject lightly, nor do I do so to posit or elicit a political response. I talk about it because it’s our Christian duty to understand and respond to the reality of refugees everywhere.
I used to think you were either born with it or you weren’t. Now, I’m starting to see that whatever level you start at, everyone can–and should–increase their Cultural IQ.