Jesus Who?… The Barriers to Knowing Him

At a roadside café in Nepal, a university-educated, Nepali man asked, “Jesus? No, never heard of him. What does that God do?” How can an educated man not know who Jesus is? It’s quite easy. Over 2 billion people on earth have had no exposure to Jesus Christ. 86% of...

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Triangular Forgiveness

How can an ancient sacrifice impact you today? For the following illustration you will need to use your mind’s visual imagination. In the days of Moses, during the first Passover in Egypt, the Israelites spread the blood of a lamb on three parts of the door frame –...

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Risk Marks the Christmas Story

On Christmas Eve, we sat around our lit Advent wreath and asked our kids this question, “How does each character in the Christmas story take a risk?” Though our older kids are only 7 and 9, they were able to identify risk with each and every character. Here are just a...

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The Birthday that Changed the World

Yesterday we visited a fun place in Thailand called the “Elephant PooPooPaper Park” (yes, there is such a place where they use elephant poo to make paper!) After the slimy, hands-on tour we approached the counter to pay for our little crafts made from poo paper. My...

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Discover and Run Toward the Finish Line

Do You Know the Finish Line? Anyone who runs a race has an unstated expectation. A finish line exists…somewhere. If you have trained hard, paid your fee, and on race day put on your number bib and timing chip, you may also have surveyed the course. All runners want to...

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Did God Turn His Face Away? And Why It Matters.

You’ve heard it too, haven’t you? “God is so holy that he turned away from Jesus on the cross.” It’s a common phrase used by many well-meaning people, but it is not true to the biblical text, the character or God, or the mission of Jesus. Beliefs impact actions and...

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5 Tendencies That Kill the Zeal

We returned recently from Myanmar where we taught two seminary courses. The classes went well, and we really enjoyed our students. Our students all came from the Karen (kuh-REN) people who are an oppressed minority but who have responded well to the Gospel. By some...

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