Enjoy life, live comfortably?

I paused momentarily in my brisk walk through the shopping centre to reread the sign that had caught my eye. It featured a serene-looking woman in a warm coat, with the words ‘Enjoy life – live comfortably’. I smiled to myself. And I thought of Abraham. He left his...

Emily Loggen
Emily Loggen

Permission to say NO

Give Yourself Permission to Say NO! When involved in cross-cultural ministry overseas one of the first greetings many receive after hitting the ground is: “Welcome! Please join us for… XYZ!” That was certainly true for us. Each new...

Guest Post
Guest Post

Engaging the Culture, not Accommodating it

Recently a couple of us were discussing the statement “we are to engage the culture, not accommodate it” by missiologist Ed Stetzer. The discussion centred on what that might look like in theory and in practice. I understood it to mean that our Christian worldview is...

John Sharpe
John Sharpe

Finding your Feet

For my wife and me, the first 6 months of living cross-culturally have been full of wonderful new experiences, new friends, and plenty of personal growth. That’s the good news. The not-so good news is that living cross-culturally has also introduced me to the darkest...

Guest Post
Guest Post

So you want to be a missionary?

“Why don’t you take a moment to tell me how your interest in missions came about?” “Well, it was last summer and I was in my final year of university when three young people from the ‘Walk for Jesus” group came to our Bible study to tell us how God was using them....

Keith Henderson
Keith Henderson

Subtle Cultural Differences

I have moved house three times in the last year. All up I calculated that we travelled 4,923km up and down the east coast of Australia and were in the car for about 57hrs. This is perhaps made more impressive by the fact that the first (and longest) leg was done in...

Dania
Dania

Discipline in an age of Chaos

Maybe you’ve seen a comedy sketch from some years ago where a group of old men are sitting around reminiscing; talking about how difficult life was in their youth. Their statements become more and more preposterous as each takes a turn outdoing the previous speaker....

Paul Mac
Paul Mac

Finding the Right Word

Working to become proficient in another language certainly has its challenges. Finding equivalent words in the language for English words or even words in the national language, just isn’t always possible. Likewise, there are instances where the language we’re...

John Sharpe
John Sharpe

Discipleship Looks More Like Sacrifice Than Success

If your ministry is about helping people reach their full potential, I have a favor to ask. Leave me alone. Please. I’m not interested. Everywhere I go lately, especially on the internet, people are obsessed with helping me “Be the success you were born to be!” “Claim...

Karl Vaters
Karl Vaters

Could You Learn A Language?

For most people, learning another language to a fluent level is one of the most demanding things they will ever do in their lives. It’s the keeping on going that’s hard – through the day by day challenges of feeling vulnerable and frustrated – it takes serious...

Linda Mac
Linda Mac

A Cosmic Battle

The outstanding, consistent characteristic of those who are sharing Truth effectively is that they recognise the seriousness of the cosmic battle that is going on between Truth and lies. In the second of his letters to the Corinthians recorded in the New Testament,...

Paul Mac
Paul Mac

Do You Have A Cultural Bias?

I recently attended a workshop led by Sheryl Takagi Silzer, a multicultural consultant with SIL. One of the areas we looked at concerned our “Culture-based Judging System” (CbJS) that develops within us at around seven years of age. Our CbJS forms the basis of what we...

John Sharpe
John Sharpe

Why foundational Bible teaching?

I was born in 1962 and grew up in Sydney in a secular family – not churchgoers, not religious – but with a background and heritage of Christianity from my great-grandparents. There was also quite a bit of ‘environmental Christianity’ around in the 70’s as well – in...

Linda Mac
Linda Mac

Why Is Literacy Important?

Most of us come from highly literate societies, where there is a huge amount of ‘environmental text’; such as street signs, food packaging, restaurant menus, instructions, notices – and where we are surrounded from childhood by an almost overwhelming amount of written...

Linda Mac
Linda Mac

Paternalism vs Discipleship

Paternalism is the assumption of innate superiority – which might be based on education, social status, material possessions, technological know-how or sometimes even the assumption of spiritual superiority. Paternalism always condescendingly comes from above. In its...

Paul Mac
Paul Mac