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…

Where is God in Our Suffering?

I will never forget the day I met Victoria. It’s etched vividly in my mind. The day began with a bizarre, disconnected incident. Police banging on the door of our home in Kyiv broke the solitude of my Saturday morning as two officers kept commanding me to open the door. I looked into my daughter,…

Trafficking and Social Justice: A Voice for the Voiceless

She stood on the train platform away from the crowd, frozen in her tracks, disheveled, with a vacant stare that grew fearful as he approached. She clinched her hands by her side. She held no belongings to offer a semblance of security. “Where are you going?” he asked her. “What is your name?” Through broken…

Speak, “Friend”, and Enter

In Lviv, Ukraine, I was often moved by the varied, profound stories of the people who showed up in our church meetings. Over a span of time, we welcomed prostitutes, a monk, African exchange students, soldiers, gypsies, mafia members, opera singers, and a woman who survived the siege of Stalingrad and imprisonment during Soviet times….

What’s on Your “Not-to-Do” List?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when a well-meaning person offered advice that adds to your already busy, stressful life? – start an exercise regime, start a blog, read a book, upgrade your strategy, invest more time in your important relationships. You want to do it, but you don’t see how you can add one more…

Can we experience spirituality without religion?

In a New York Times review of Sam Harris’ new bestseller, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, the columnist, Frank Bruni, said the book caught his eye “because it’s so entirely of this moment, so keenly in touch with the growing number of Americans who are willing to say that they do not…

ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and Global Community

My grandfather (right) danced with my grandmother, played golf in his colorful sweaters, and ran his business with the same joie de vivre (enjoyment of life). I always anticipated trips to their beautiful home on the edge of a golf course and the loving attention he gave all of us. He was bigger than life…

Overcoming Leadership’s Dark Side: Power, Sex & Money

Leaders fall. And when Christian leaders fall, depending on how high their orbit, people can become disillusioned and forget that many do lead with integrity. When we lived in Kyiv, Ukraine I took an Ethics seminary course taught by Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon-Conwell. I will never forget the day he lectured on power, sex…