Advent Traditions From Around The World

As the holiday season charges full-speed ahead, it is easy to be caught in the whirlwind of it all. Every year, it seems like the weeks leading up to Christmas fly by as I’m connecting with ministry partners, or spending quality time with family. But in the midst of the holiday busyness, Advent compels and […]

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Why a Thick Gospel is so Important

We’ve all done it. Programmatically it makes perfect sense. We take something as complex as the Gospel and simplify it in an attempt to discover the “formula”—the silver bullet—for effective ministry. Because if we can do that, we can easily follow and replicate the pattern to successfully create Christ followers anywhere. We don’t have bad […]

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When God Turns Pain into Gain

Without loss there is no gain. Without suffering there is no joy. Click To Tweet I was humbled by the opportunity to meet Steve Saint (son of Nate Saint) as well as Mincaye—one of the tribe members who killed Nate Saint, Jim Elliot and the other missionaries to Ecuador. As the three of us met […]

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Russia–video update from Rob

I’m in Russia at a Pastor’s Conference in Moscow, I was able to grab a few minutes and capture the unique vision of Bishop Edward Grabovenko and his dynamic Russian church-planting plan. Listen to this brief update on Russia–how Pastor Edward asked God to provide 15 teams, and the incredible increase and reach God has granted. The Russian church is planting […]

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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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Sahel: Planting Seeds in the Desert

The Sahel region of Africa is a more than just a hotbed of conflict that frequently makes headlines. The belt stretching from east to west graphically slices the continent in half more than just topographically. One of the poorest places on earth, the Sahel represents a desperate conflux of disparate religions and cultures: Muslims, Christians, […]

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