Interruptions

One of the privileges of serving in ministry full time is being able to respond to interruptions that come up during the course of the day. As I've shared before, “Ministry is in the interruptions.” A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to head to my office to prepare a Bible study when Laurie stopped me. “M … Continue reading Interruptions

Plant Team

Phoebe, Prisca and Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Andronicus and Junia, Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion, Narcissus, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus and his mother, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas. These are the people Paul greets as he wraps up his letter to the church in Rome. Honestly, I … Continue reading Plant Team

Cultural Hostility

When God calls us into cross-cultural relationships for the sake of advancing his kingdom, there are times when our well-intentioned words and actions will be taken offensively. It feels like bumping into an invisible electric fence. This happened early on in our ministry here in Orangeburg. I was developing a relationship with a black businessman … Continue reading Cultural Hostility

What You Are Doing

In the evangelical culture I grew up in, overseas missions held an enviable mystique. Serious and devoted Christians were almost *expected* to become missionaries to some unknown, unreached land. Today, this pressure has shifted to church planting. Perhaps this is because of the technological shrinking of the world or the late realization that the United … Continue reading What You Are Doing

I Must Decrease

Laurie walked by my desk and I said, “It would be a lot easier to plant a church if I could just do it on my own strength and didn’t have to lean on Jesus constantly." She looked confused. "Um... Ok." Establishing a new congregation of believers has been totally beyond me to accomplish. From … Continue reading I Must Decrease

Racebookism

The following two posts were back-to-back in my Facebook feed today. I couldn't help but see the irony of their juxtaposition. In the first post, white cops beat a black woman. In the second post, black children beat a white child. Posting about racism on social media is completely understandable. I've done it. Racism is something … Continue reading Racebookism

A New City

Last night, during our family bedtime routine, I asked the kids to practice saying the Lord’s Prayer. Robbie rattled it off. Isaiah, trying to beat his brother, stumbled over a few words. And Brynn just gave up and said, “I can’t do it.” So, I walked her through it phrase by phrase. “...Your kingdom come, … Continue reading A New City