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What does humor have to do with mission?

Photo credit: Gary Wilmore (Creative Commons) There is a saying that the British and Americans are two nations separated by a common language. That proved very true when we moved from the UK to the States in 1987.  We naively anticipated that with a common language, the transition would be an easy one. How wrong… Read More

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The fate of the original 12 apostles?

Photo credit: maudandoscar In India a few years ago, we were taken to visit a church building that had twelve paintings, each portraying  the death of one of the 12 apostles. (I think it was St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, but I’ve been unable to verify that via the Internet.) Those images have never left… Read More

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Missions: the ugly

The last two post have looked at the good and the bad of missions. Now the ugly! We have friends in India whose best church planters (and their churches) have been “stolen” by Western missionary organizations offering to pay them more money. The lure of money in a very poor culture is often difficult to resist.… Read More

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Missions: the bad!

Photo credit: Felix Krohn (Creative Commons) Tony and I were in Nepal training church planters: "What should simple/organic church should look like?" someone asked me. My answer surprised them: "It should look Nepalese!" I have a photo in my possession that epitomizes the problem with much of what is seen on the mission field today.… Read More

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The good and the bad of missions

  Photo credit Stijn Vogels (Creative Commons) Tony and I have been privileged to travel to various countries in all five continents and to see missions at work first hand. First the good: I was brought up, in a Christian sense, on the biographies of those on the mission field. I learned from Hudson Taylor… Read More