How Can We Address the Underlying Causes of Injustice?

  “I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.” MLK Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only…

How do We Overcome Weariness?

I’ve been thinking about weariness and its cure. I enjoy thriving (who doesn’t?), yet I am continually compelled to pioneer in dark places. When Christine Caine spoke at the Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis and the Christian Response a few days ago, she said, “We run TO the darkness. We should be God’s search…

What if We Invited Jesus to Dine with Us?

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) When I was a child, I thought fear was a monster. Now I know it’s a paper tiger. Fear of what could happen coupled…

Living in Joy & Gratitude while Engaging Real Suffering

Two predominant thoughts were on my mind this morning: the difficult challenges and suffering in our world in recent weeks, and the day we will set aside to give thanks to God in a few days. The two may seem contradictory, but they are not. They were not contradictory for Jesus. They were not contradictory for…

The Soviet-Era Elevator, the Sum of all Fears, and the Solution

Everywhere I’ve traveled recently, adversity has been knocking on people’s doors and camping out. Or it’s hitting close to home when shootings occur in strip malls and movie theatres, racial tensions mount in our cities, and in war-torn places people have to leave their homes or send off loved ones to fight. In addition, we…

Speaking Up for the Value of Human Life

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8 55 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe vs Wade in 1973. I didn’t want to write about my recent trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was deeply personal and moving, so I kept it private until the recent video came out of…

A Nation Torn, Yet Being Made Whole

We recently returned from a month-long ministry trip to Europe. I will write more broadly about Europe soon, but first I’ll give a snapshot of Ukraine. One of the most striking things about Lviv (the cultural center of western Ukraine) and Kyiv (the capital) where I recently visited is their normalcy. When you walk down the…

The Joys & Challenges of Trailblazing (Planting Churches)

As we prayed for the men and women who are preparing to plant churches in North America at the end of Every Nation’s Boot Camp for church planters in Nashville, I was moved by their vision and desire to go to new cities to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and start new churches. Each has…

If My Worlds Could Converge

I have moved five times internationally. Three moves were planned and two were sudden. And yes, there’s a huge difference between the types of moves. During one move, I felt like I had stepped out of a black and white indie film into a Disney movie. Throughout the span of our lives as missionaries, I have…