For the Love of Humanity

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 to read posters of a particular mission being...
Behind a Scammer’s Disguise

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 jail for laundering money but before...
Pictures of the Church

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 well used in our vocabulary.  Recently, one of...
Clay Messengers

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 against my hands. It was serviceable, but I questioned...
Missions and Smartphones

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. But the tide is going out. Not that people...
Comfort? Or Love?

Comfort? Or Love?

Peace Boisen 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 something for himself.” The direct contradiction to Jesus’...