For the Love of Humanity

For the Love of Humanity

MissionFest in Winnipeg was alive with hundreds of people who, like me, moved from booth to booth to learn more about the needs of the world. I tried zoning out the noise of the crowd as I squinted...

COVID-19 is an Opportunity

COVID-19 is an Opportunity

As more and more coronavirus news, jokes, criticisms, and retweets come into my mental inbox, a couple of things have become obvious to me: First, I've noticed that many Christians are afraid. We...

Behind a Scammer’s Disguise

Behind a Scammer’s Disguise

“Max just paid $3700 in Lowes’ gift cards to a scammer.” I reread the text with growing disbelief, sympathy, and annoyance. A flurry of texts told the story. “A scammer told Max he was heading to...

Pictures of the Church

Pictures of the Church

“Who is ready to go to church?” “You can’t wear that to church.” “Where are my church shoes!”  In the bustle of a Sunday morning at my house, phrases like these are commonplace. The word “church” is...

Clay Messengers

Clay Messengers

Two pottery bowls jostled shoulders in my Ghanaian kitchen—a mortar and a fruit bowl. The mortar looked raw, freshly-kilned, and had little aesthetic appeal. Its orange-red abrasiveness was rough...

Missions and Smartphones

Missions and Smartphones

America used to be on a honeymoon with e-tech. People loved the social connectivity that Facebook brings, the efficiency of mobile calendars and email, and instant access to information with Google....

Comfort? Or Love?

Comfort? Or Love?

When I came back from two years in Africa, I sat down with an older, much wiser man for some advice. One of the things he told me right away was; “I think it’s right for a young man to lay up...

Are You Fishing or Hunting?

Are You Fishing or Hunting?

Jesus said in Matthew 4:19, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” But sometimes we hunt instead of fish. What is the difference? A hunter corners his quarry, flushes it out, and pounces...

When Relevance and Truth Perfectly Met

When Relevance and Truth Perfectly Met

“We Christians need to be open to others’ opinions,” the lady at Franklin & Marshall college park told me as I talked to her and some others about Jesus. “We shouldn’t judge people or be bigoted...

Living Water

Living Water

What do you think of when you think of living water? Maybe you think of a cool mountain stream rushing its way through mossy rocks. Maybe a majestic waterfall with white sheets of water cascading...