The New Cuban Crisis

I happened to be in Cuba at the same time as President Obama a few weeks ago and the Rolling Stones showed up last week. These guys just keep following me around! Cuba, with its “slow roll” opening is the new hot destination. In 25 years of traveling to the island I have never seen so many tourists. Inevitably […]

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The stereotype of stereotyping

I chuckled to myself as I read through the stereotypes of different nationalities charted on the Lewis Diagram. Being a world traveler, each nation conjured up faces and personalities of friends and co-workers I’ve visited abroad, and how I’ve had to adapt to them and “their way of doing things”—whether it meant slowing down and making time […]

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8 strategic shifts for 21st century missions

If you are in ministry, your head must be spinning from the rapid changes that have taken place in our world and the implications these changes pose for the Church In their new book, That used to be us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, Thomas Friedman […]

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Spiritually Homeless Youth

Spiritually Homeless Teen

In his book You Lost Me, David Kinnaman—president of the Barna Group—divides once church-going Millennials into three types of spiritual journeyers: “nomads,” “prodigals” and “exiles.” Despite church homes stalwartly flashing the “welcome” sign, many youth are exiting the building to strap on backpacks and opt for a mobile life, leaving them spiritually homeless. The next generation […]

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Research before you launch

Meeting of young business people in a modern office - Start up company, workers brainstorming

After my epiphany about Outcomes Based Ministry in Swaziland, we launched a giant research effort in order to better understand the heartfelt needs of the next generation we are attempting to reach. We use the findings of this research to help us design Scripture products and programs tailored to speak to the relevant needs of […]

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