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A Mongolian Dream

Mongolia is a landlocked country. The dream I had while we were there was therefore all the more surreal. In the dream I was with a small group of people. As I handed them a book, I told them, “This is a book on how to become a commercial fisherman!” End of dream. The dream… Read More

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Women and the harvest

According to Jesus, if there’s a lack of harvest, it’s not because the harvest is especially difficult, it’s due to lack of workers. The harvest is great but the laborers are few. (Luke 10:2) Jesus’ solution? We pray for workers for the harvest. These workers are not only existing Christians, but also those who don’t… Read More

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Were there women among the “seventy”?

I’ve recently become fascinated by the life of a woman I call Mrs. Zebedee, mother of James and John, wife of a fisherman from Galilee.   Photo Credit: Hindrik S via Compfight cc This is what Matthew’s gospel says about Mrs Zebedee on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion: And many women who had come from… Read More

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Commercial fishing (part 2)

As I investigated the Scriptures on the subject of commercial fishing in the Gospels, several things became apparent.  There are several passages that talk about fishing: Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-19  Jesus calls the four disciples who are fishermen and tells them he will make them fishers of men. Luke 5:1-11  Jesus tells the disciples… Read More

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Commercial fishing

Modern day fisherman on the Sea of Galilee While we were in Mongolia a few years back, I had a dream which over time has had a profound effect on my thinking.  In the dream I was handing a small group of people a book.  “It’s about how to be a commercial fisherman,”  I told… Read More

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If I were a missionary…

Photo Credit: rogiro (Creative Commons) Some people might say that Tony and I are already missionaries.  Firstly, we have crossed cultures from the UK to the USA. (I sometimes wonder why here to the affluent West which is already so heavily Christianized when we would have willingly gone to any country in the world.)  And… Read More

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A simple/organic contribution to global mission

Photo credit: Gravitywave (Creative Commons) Over the past few months, we have had several people from a more traditional church background and who are in the process of leaving for the mission field visit the church that meets in our home. The exchange has been valuable. Our “Jesus family” has rubbed shoulders with people sold out… Read More

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Simple/organic church needs simple/organic mission

Photo credit: Abdallah (Creative Commons) For some time now, I have been pondering the question, "What does it look like for simple/organic churches to get involved in mission?" I'm referring here to the role of what is usually known as "the missionary"–one who is called to leave their own culture and live in another nation,… Read More

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Why is food important when it comes to church planting?

Photo credit: CarbonNYC (Creative Commons) A post about food seems appropriate after the amount I've eaten over the past two days! Food is very important in the context of seeing multiplying churches. Luke 10 is our signature passage on how to reach out to those who don't yet know the Lord. It tells us that… Read More

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Unlikely candidates?

Jesus chose the most unlikely candidates to promote his message. Photo credit: More Good Foundation (Creative Commons) Think of the woman at the well in John 4. She is certainly a person of reputation–five husbands, and now living with yet another man–worthy of a modern soap opera. She has other factors working against her too.… Read More