Advent Apologetics Day #3 – Helpless Doesn’t Mean Hopeless

One of the families we were happy to meet and serve during last year’s Christmas Basket Project in a community where the Gospel was not known.  “If your apologetic isn’t rooted in hope, then it’s just an argument from malice.” Advent Apologetics is about hope for the helpless.     Dietrich Bonhoeffer said; “A prison […]

Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

Avoiding the Guilt of Non-Discipleship by Ignoring Those Who Do… In Honor of Kevin

“Now, I’m not saying this to seek pity. I actually noticed something else I think is much more significant than being left out.” These were some of the last words sent to me by my friend Kevin who passed yesterday. Allow me to give a little context and change some names so as not to […]

7 Things That Mission Workers Can Learn From the Ecuadorean Earthquake.

I was originally going to title this post; “What Short-Term Missionaries Can Learn from the Ecuadorean Earthquake,” but it seemed to narrow.  Whether you do short of long-term mission work, there are some valuable lessons to be learn in disaster relief efforts. As some of you may already know, a 7.8 earthquake that it many […]

Left Behind Reciprocity in World Missions

No, we’re not going to be discussing Nicolas Cage’s upcoming movie “Left behind” based on the wildly popular book series. In fact, we’re not going to talk about eschatology at all.  Eschatology, is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. We’re going to talk about what’s happening now […]

Heart-Tugging Stories of Multi-Generational Discipleship – #1

Not too long ago, on one of our normal mission outreach days, I returned with my spiritual pride gutted. What we get to do here is exciting, costly, and humbling. To be honest, I have to constantly ask God if He’s using me in spite of myself. That thought is nearly too much to bear. […]

I SEE YOU – by Claudia Labrador

If any of you have ever seen the movie, Avatar, you might remember a scene when Neytiri explains to Jake Sully that “Sky People cannot learn. They do not see.” Sky people are earthen visitors—actually, they are more like invaders into the lives of the Na’vi people, the indigenous peoples of Pandora. Very few of […]

Moral Greed

The concept of moral greediness has been churning in my mind of late. I’ve accepted the permanence of greed in this world as I’ve accept the permanence of poverty. I think they’re causally related. Greed, along with its cousins, envy, jealously, and violence, cause poverty. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you,” […]

Cooked Rice Stains On My Christmas Pants, And How It Happened…

So there I was, kneeling and praying on a floor made of wooden planks not quite fit together for keeping out the elements or critters.  I’ve seen this before, plenty of times, but this day was different.  It wasn’t the wet rice that I was kneeling on that scratched my soul like fingernails on a […]

To Hell With Integrity?

Today’s Guest Blog Post by: Claudia Labrador I am not a famous blogger.  In fact, I am nobody, really.  But I have a bone to pick with famous bloggers who make their living being controversial at the expense of hurting others, and then making light of it by hiding behind all of the comments from […]