I’ve tried to manufacture my own “divine appointments” before. Yes, I’ve been “that guy” who gives Christianity a bad name, caring more about checking “spiritual conversation” off my to-do list than I care about the person I’m talking to. I’m really trying now not to be “that guy.” So when a real divine appointment shows up, it seems I still have […]
In this episode of the Lift Up podcast, missionary Joe Consford, host of the Missionary on Fire podcast (among others), shares how God protected him during a kidnapping, and used that experience to open doors of ministry later. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 5: Update: November 24 is the deadline to apply for a free website […]
What happens when someone different walks into church? Someone really different - who doesn't understand our Christianese jargon or the unwritten rituals of our Order Of Service. I've always thought I've been a rather welcoming person, but today I learned something new.
Tim’s response was unexpected. My cousin, an interim state director with Child Evangelism Fellowship, had grown up in a missionary family. He had been in fulltime ministry for his entire career, so I was surprised to hear him echo my own feelings. Of the five families in the lodge that evening during our family reunion, […]
You’re not going to see this problem and think, “Well, he just killed his testimony.” No, it’s far more insidious than that. This testimony killer is unlike most you may think of. And it may be invisibly affecting you right now. The Bible explicitly calls out one thing that will kill your verbal witness. “Though […]
Lately I’ve been struck with Christ’s parable of the sower. Or do I mean the parable of the soils? Well, the underlying truth is that the same sower cast the same seed, and the quality of the soil determined the result of the harvest. But thinking about this parable, I’m left with a sobering question: […]