Posts by Year

2021

Welcome to my personal website!

Welcome to my personal website!

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Hey there! You’ve stumbled upon my personal website. You can find my professional site here: Peoples Next Door.

Introducing Charles Ezra Cook

Introducing Charles Ezra Cook

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The Cook family has some big news to share! We want to announce to you Charles Ezra Cook, our second child and first son. We are presently on day six and mug...

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2020

Parents, Let's Raise up Missionaries

Parents, Let’s Raise up Missionaries

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It’s funny how much being a parent changes your perspective on things. Everyone tells you it will, and you believe them. Then it happens, and you are still a...

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2019

Bust the Peer Bubble in Your Church

Bust the Peer Bubble in Your Church

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I recently wrote about why it is important for believers to be in community with believers of different generations and life stages. The article, because it ...

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2018

Immigration by the Numbers

Immigration by the Numbers

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I like to keep everyone that frequents this website as up-to-date as possible on research pertaining to immigration in the United States. In my estimation, t...

But I tell you, love your enemies...

But I tell you, love your enemies…

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If there was any question about whether or not Jesus’ kingdom ethic is counter-cultural, the Sermon on the Mount should remove those doubts. Jesus is speakin...

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2017

Urban Research Round-Up for December, 2017

Urban Research Round-Up for December, 2017

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Periodically, I like to provide a list of recent articles and research for those interested in missions in the urban context. Each of these articles went pub...

One Overlooked Role of Pastoral Ministry

One Overlooked Role of Pastoral Ministry

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You know the old adage, 80 percent of the work is done by 20 percent of the people. Honestly, sometimes that even feels generous. Those of us who have pastor...

Is door-knocking making a comeback?

Is door-knocking making a comeback?

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When I was in high school (in the late 90s), I discovered vintage clothes. In the small town where I grew up, we had small businesses known as “dig stores.” ...

Refugees in the Storm

Refugees in the Storm

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A few days ago, I stumbled across an article I want to share with you concerning refugees here in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Thank You for Being the Church

Thank You for Being the Church

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Over the last week, a number of people have reached out and asked what they can do to help out here. Thank you for the calls and emails. It is truly an encou...

Condescension Poisons the Mission

Condescension Poisons the Mission

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In the last week, a flurry of articles have chimed in on the situation in Charlottesville or on the current cultural temperature that it lays bare. I wrote o...

Pastor, don't do it alone

Pastor, don’t do it alone

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It all started by Jesus calling a few men to follow him. This revealed immediately the direction his evangelist strategy would take. His concern was not w...

Interactive Tool: Choose your escape route

Interactive Tool: Choose your escape route

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Last year about this time, the BBC created an excellent interactive educational tool to help people experience some of the struggles involved in refugee migr...

What Exactly is the Normal Christian Life?

What Exactly is the Normal Christian Life?

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I have a friend from Iran. He has a fascinating story. Formerly a Muslim, he and his wife left Iran on a false asylum account, claiming it was for freedom. T...

SBC17 Recap: Two Articles Worth Reading

SBC17 Recap: Two Articles Worth Reading

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Instead of joining the throng of commentators now that the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting is over, I thought I would share two articles that yo...

Contextualization Can Be Risky Business

Contextualization Can Be Risky Business

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The opening scene of the movie, The African Queen, depicts a white missionary couple leading a worship service for residents of an African village. If you’ve...

The Necessity of Community

The Necessity of Community

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I recently traveled to North Carolina for my seminary graduation, and while there, I was able to spend time with friends from the church I was a member of wh...

One resource your church may be overlooking

One resource your church may be overlooking

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Tips, tools, books, and conferences are the craze in church circles these days. You are, in fact, reading a resource website right now. My work here is no ex...

“Missions is the Mother of Theology”

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I did not come up with this headline, a guy by the name of Martin Kähler did. Kähler was a theologian himself, from Germany, and was making a very important ...

Seeing the Cross Through Fresh Eyes

Seeing the Cross Through Fresh Eyes

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In light of Good Friday, I wanted to share this memory. It is an excerpt from an article I wrote while serving as a missionary in West Africa. I was working ...

Encourage the Anonymous Witness

Encourage the Anonymous Witness

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I love reading the great missions texts, and Stephen Neill’s A History of Christian Missions is no exception. Today, I want to share a few paragraphs with yo...

Church, This is Your Time... and Place

Church, This is Your Time… and Place

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We have all seen that well-intentioned pastor or speaker on a video in our Facebook jazzed about how this is the biggest moment in the history of the world. ...

The Primary Reason Cities Exist

The Primary Reason Cities Exist

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“The strength that comes from human collaboration is the central truth behind civilization’s success and the primary reason why cities exist.”

We're Moving to Houston!

We’re Moving to Houston!

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I have been sitting on this news for a while, but I am excited to announce that this website will soon be coming to you from Houston instead of Wake Forest.

Sharing the Gospel is Good For You

Sharing the Gospel is Good For You

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If you have done it, you know the feeling. It is hard at first, sometimes you feel real awkward, but you push through and actually begin speaking the words. ...

Are We Resolved To Love Refugees?

Are We Resolved To Love Refugees?

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I think back to a day this past summer. It was during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Those few days were good days for us, but one moment st...

How Not to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

How Not to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

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Recently I wrote about spiritual gifts and using your gifts to serve the church. Today, I want to discuss a couple of issues with the whole spiritual gifts c...

Stop Commiserating About Sin

Stop Commiserating About Sin

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We have all been there. Someone in our small group asks to have coffee and we agree. Soon, we are sitting across a table before work one morning and see the ...

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2016

A Warning Concerning Religious Categories

A Warning Concerning Religious Categories

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Americans love our categories. We love our boxes and labels. Even today, with the postmodern push away from classification, we Western thinkers still organiz...

Two Lost Aspects of Discipleship

Two Lost Aspects of Discipleship

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When I first moved to the Raleigh area, I stumbled across a little Chinese restaurant near my apartment complex. One afternoon, I walked in to order some Gen...

Living at a

Living at a “Seam of History”

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In his book, Theology in the Context of World Christianity, Timothy Tennent makes a profound claim. He says the contemporary church is currently living at a ...

There are Only Three Kinds of Church Growth

There are Only Three Kinds of Church Growth

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Back in 1970, Donald McGavran published a book that has since become one of the most influential books in Christian missions. The book is called Understandin...

Christian, Get Out of the Bubble

Christian, Get Out of the Bubble

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My church has a lot of seminary students, and I hear a certain refrain every two or three weeks in the small groups I oversee. The conversation turns toward ...

A Snapshot Biblical Theology of Missions

A Snapshot Biblical Theology of Missions

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If you visit the PND site regularly, this article is by a familiar face. Her earlier articles were under her maiden name, Meredith Cooper. About three months...

The Church and Her Mission to the Cities

The Church and Her Mission to the Cities

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We need better ministry methods in our cities. There is a lot of talk out there nowadays about cities. Everyone, including me, is quoting that statistic abou...

Culture: Palace or Prison?

Culture: Palace or Prison?

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Ministry happens in the medium of culture. In fact, all of life does. Some have compared culture to the air we walk through and breath every day. For this re...

Christians Need To Get Out More

Christians Need To Get Out More

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Adult Americans have a real hard time making friends, at least that is what most recent research claims). There are reasons. Interpersonally speaking, our li...

Church is Not a Spectator Sport

Church is Not a Spectator Sport

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College football season is once again upon us. This week, I am traveling to do some missionary training and last night, I found myself laying in a hotel bed,...

Share Your Faith More, Research Says So

Share Your Faith More, Research Says So

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In the event that the Bible is not convincing enough concerning the Christian responsibility of gospel proclamation, some tremendously helpful research recen...

How to Deal With a World Full of Evil

How to Deal With a World Full of Evil

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I am starting to dread that first look at Twitter each morning. After all, Twitter is my morning newspaper. It is where I get my headlines, and frankly this ...

Church Planting is Not Church Franchising

Church Planting is Not Church Franchising

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I see it regularly: young church planters who want to move to some other city and plant an exact copy of their sending church. Both in my role at the seminar...

Reflections of an SBC Rookie

Reflections of an SBC Rookie

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This is a guest post from seminary student and first-time SBC messenger, Meredith Cooper. She shares her first impressions of the Southern Baptist Convention...

Missions in Paris, It's Not What You Think

Missions in Paris, It’s Not What You Think

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I have heard it a dozen times over the last couple of months: “Oh, you’re going to Paris on a mission trip! Man, that must be nice! You’re really suffering f...

Church Community Has an Outward Focus Too

Church Community Has an Outward Focus Too

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The following is a guest post by Marie McDonald. Marie has written here before and does excellent work in her local church leading others to discover and eng...

Covenant Membership is a Contextual Process

Covenant Membership is a Contextual Process

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Monday, I ran a guest post by Trevor King on the importance of covenant membership, and I highly recommend you read it here. In it, Trevor makes a compelling...

7 Reasons for Covenant Church Membership

7 Reasons for Covenant Church Membership

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In Ephesians, Paul writes, “So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built up...

One Documentary Every Church Should See

One Documentary Every Church Should See

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I rarely push Christian films. Not that I do not like them, some are pretty good, but many are not. That said, I think every, single Christian in the West ne...

Why No Single Church Can Reach a City

Why No Single Church Can Reach a City

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Cities today are big places. Let me put that into perspective. In the first century (when Paul was walking around), the biggest city in the world was suppose...

What exactly is urban?

What exactly is urban?

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Cites are a hot topic nowadays. The world is officially more urban than rural, and it does not appear that is changing anytime soon. People are talking about...

How to Survive the Church as an Introvert

How to Survive the Church as an Introvert

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Periodically, I post articles written by others. The following is a guest post that may serve as a good dose of medicine if you find the church to be a littl...

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2015

Chiming in:

Chiming in: “The Unreached at Home”

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Ashley Scarbrough with e3 Partners has a good write up concerning international people group work here in the US. She wrote the piece back in March, but I ju...

The Peoples Next Door: FAQ

The Peoples Next Door: FAQ

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Peoples Next Door: Suburban Explosion

Peoples Next Door: Suburban Explosion

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If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve read about the wave of international peoples into the United States. As we examine our research, some trends ar...

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2014

Worth vs. Ability: There is a difference

Worth vs. Ability: There is a difference

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It is the first day of a new year, and you can tell by looking at social media. Twitter and Facebook are clogged up with quick motivational messages and remi...

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2013

On contentment

On contentment

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I have a theory. Now mind you, it is just a theory, so perhaps I could be proven wrong. Nevertheless, here it goes:

On stupid questions and missing the point

On stupid questions and missing the point

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The questions we ask say a lot about who we are. Think about it for just a minute. Questions reveal concerns. We rarely ask questions about things that do no...

The nations are in your backyard

The nations are in your backyard

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I am currently staring out the third floor window of my new home, overlooking the busy, downtown streets of Washington, DC. Well, it is my new home for half ...

Missions is Not About You - Part 1

Missions is Not About You - Part 1

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I wrote the following two posts a few years ago, but I stumbled across them and decided I wanted to share them again. Before you read them, let me say they a...

Allergic to authority

Allergic to authority

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While reading a book for one of my classes, I ran across a statement that stuck with me. The book contained a diatribe about things that characterize our mod...

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2012

On being adrift

On being adrift

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If I am honest, it has been a rough couple of weeks.

Chasing rainbows

Chasing rainbows

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If you are questioning man’s depravity lately, might I suggest you cut on your television.

Lights

Lights

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If you started reading this post hoping for a quick word about evangelism, you are unfortunately mistaken.

Sermon Fodder: Superhero Movies

Sermon Fodder: Superhero Movies

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This weekend, The Avengers earned the title of biggest movie release ever. And rightly so, it is the all-star game of superhero movies.

I am 30

I am 30

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“The only thing good about 29 is the fact that it is not 30.” At least, that is what I said on this day last year. You may want to read that post first. It i...

Off Topic: The Facebook Foul

Off Topic: The Facebook Foul

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Missionaries are taught to be culturally sensitive. We read books about it. We take classes in it. And, before we leave the country, we have to sit through a...

Is God a monster?

Is God a monster?

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Has someone ever asked you the question above, or perhaps you asked it yourself?

Did Paul want to be a missionary?

Did Paul want to be a missionary?

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Have you ever wondered if Paul wanted to be a missionary? Perhaps he came to the conclusion that it would be a fun thing to do, an exciting life to live. If ...

Is it blood or Kool-Aid?

Is it blood or Kool-Aid?

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“It’s damning to drain the lifeblood of Christianity and replace it with Kool-Aid.”

A call to education

A call to education

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“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deu...

The hero of the story

The hero of the story

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In Genesis, we are introduced to the heavens and the earth. God said that they were good; it was creation in its perfect state, as it was meant to be. In the...

One big story

One big story

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The Bible is not a book of rules, although many treat it as such. It is also not a book of heroes recounting the dashing deeds and heroic adventures of great...

Why do you follow Jesus?

Why do you follow Jesus?

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I know several who read this blog would not say they do. If you fall into that category, please indulge me for this post. This one is for those who confess t...

To some who trusted in themselves...

To some who trusted in themselves…

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“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank y...

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2011

On holiness - Part 2

On holiness - Part 2

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For several weeks, my posts have revolved around the pursuit of holiness. We looked at several misunderstandings of the term “holiness” when we discussed sel...

On holiness - Part 1

On holiness - Part 1

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One of my earliest memories of childhood is a painting that hung on the wall in my grandparent’s living room. The painting was a fox hunt, and it was rather ...

Building Scarecrows

Building Scarecrows

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Having just moved to a new place, I am still trying to find my way around. Part of that process, at least for me, is learning all the nooks and crannies. It ...

Walking in the dark

Walking in the dark

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It is funny how life has a way of coming back around to the same point. Despite a seemingly linear movement down life’s road, we often find ourselves stumbli...

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

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I began looking for a church yesterday, a topic I will discuss fully in another post. Today, I simply share a quick thought from yesterday’s sermon.

On chasing spirituality

On chasing spirituality

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Have you ever experienced a moment of excitement at some new thing, only to find out that some initially unforeseen aspect of it would disappoint you. It is ...

Baptist Witchcraft

Baptist Witchcraft

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This post is more of a question than an answer. It is curiosity not advice, and I know that even bringing this issue up will bring scrutiny on me from others...

An ellipsis in life

An ellipsis in life

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An ellipsis, a literary term, is the notation of an omission of superfluous information. It is the set of three dots put between two pieces of significant in...

An orderly account

An orderly account

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When you crack a new book for the first time, as you leaf through the first two or three pages, you will usually notice a page with just a sentence or two ne...

Spiritual loopholes

Spiritual loopholes

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I think Jesus’ favorite insult was “brood of vipers.” And why not? I mean, it sounds pretty cool and he was not afraid to use it.

On oneness in Christ

On oneness in Christ

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The moon was bright. It sat low in the sky and reflected off the still water of the lake, but the moon was not the source of light. A fire crackled and tiny ...

Welcome!

Welcome!

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Welcome to my new home… at least on the internet.

My Final Journal Entry

My Final Journal Entry

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An ancient fable relates the tale of a group of blind men upon their first encounter with an elephant. Having heard of an elephant before but not knowing any...

On Moralism

On Moralism

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The following is a reaction to a post by Dr. Ray Van Neste on his blog, Oversight of Souls. Read that post first.

It is not just a book

It is not just a book

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This post comes with an assignment. Before you go any further, you need to read Acts 5:12- 42. This post will make a lot more sense if you do.  

Here's to you: Church camp romance

Here’s to you: Church camp romance

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I saw you on Monday. I was in the cafeteria eating spaghetti with corn, and like an angel, you floated into the room, you and your posse of six other girls. ...

Made to worship

Made to worship

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People really like quoting John Piper. I am surprised there is not a Facebook game based around the concept. It could be called Piperville. 

The right place at the wrong time

The right place at the wrong time

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Have you ever noticed how much literary real estate is given to David in the Old Testament? Chapter after chapter sing the praises of this man. He is the obv...

On Storytelling and the Gospel

On Storytelling and the Gospel

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I wrote this piece several years ago while serving in Africa as a missionary. I have changed the name of the gentlemen in the story, but the event is real. I...

Cow training - Part 2

Cow training - Part 2

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If you are perhaps thinking, “Wait, didn’t he give us the Aha moment from the cow training thing like two days ago?” then you feel the same way I did. 

The Message of the Cross - Part 1

The Message of the Cross - Part 1

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We were running late, and I was mad.However, the object of my frustration was none other than myself. We had a couple of errands to run before we left for th...

Here's to you: Christian ska music

Here’s to you: Christian ska music

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Exploding onto the scene with trombones blazing, you gave youth group members everywhere a new way to stick out. If wallet chains and ringer tees with stupid...

On endurance

On endurance

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The New Testament writers would have been college football fans. Now, I cannot be certain of this, but I believe my theory holds water. Take into account the...

Here's to you!

Here’s to you!

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_If you are too much older than I am, this post will probably seem absurd to you. 

The Lone Ranger syndrome

The Lone Ranger syndrome

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Like most days, it was hot and the sun was beating down. Our little group was huddled in the shade provided by a small patch of shrubs, waiting for the event.

Would you like fries with that friendship?

Would you like fries with that friendship?

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People ask me all the time what things I miss from the States, expecting it to be a steak or some real fancy meal. Quite to the contrary, I have discovered p...

Would Jesus wear Chacos?

Would Jesus wear Chacos?

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If you ask any number of youth ministers, trying to prove to their kids that you can still be cool and live a Godly life, the answer would be, “Of course he ...

Learning to learn

Learning to learn

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Have you ever noticed the similarities between a lower case “r” and “s”? Or for that matter, have you considered the fact that an “h” is really just an “n” w...

Addressing the state of our union

Addressing the state of our union

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Ever since I can remember being old enough to have the slightest interest in government and politics, the State of the Union address has been one of those mo...

Down the rabbit hole

Down the rabbit hole

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Do you ever have those moments where, like a line of dominoes, a series of completely unrelated events cascade into a continually shaping idea? (I would call...

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2010

On gift-giving - Part 4

On gift-giving - Part 4

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About six months ago, I was given a turtle. It was a regular, garden variety turtle. This turtle had no special talents or abilities. It had no value, except...

On gift-giving - Part 3

On gift-giving - Part 3

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I believe people mean well enough, when it comes to gift-giving that is. However, it is ritual in America, especially around Christmas time. No longer is gif...

On gift-giving - Part 2

On gift-giving - Part 2

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It started while I was thinking of gift ideas for my friends here. As I mentioned in my last post, very few people here celebrate Christmas, but there is a h...

On gift-giving - Part 1

On gift-giving - Part 1

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For some, it is that first Christmas song they hear on the radio. For others, it is the unpacking of trunks full or ornaments, lights and memories as you pre...

Dwelling on the things that are not

Dwelling on the things that are not

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Thanksgiving is a peculiar holiday. As with most special days, it seems to be far less about the event we are supposed to remember than the odd traditions th...

What am I doing here? Part 3 - The Library

What am I doing here? Part 3 - The Library

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In an attempt to ooh and ahh my readership, I took to the Internet in search of some phrase or anecdote that would clench my introduction to this post. Somet...

What am I doing here? Part 1 - The Town

What am I doing here? Part 1 - The Town

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Somewhere between the end of the pavement and the little village where we were doing our Bible study today, the realization hit me that most people who read ...

Gifts that differ: What will you be today?

Gifts that differ: What will you be today?

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This is the last day of my seminar, and today I wanted to share one final post from the archives before I get back to writing. This one is from 2010, and sha...

Time flies...

Time flies…

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October 16, 2009 The sun was setting as I looked out the window to my left. Far below me the terrain spread out in all directions. As we made our final desce...

Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide

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This past Sunday, I braved the capital city of my little country. Fighting my way through crowds of maniacal taxi drivers and scores of motorcycle riders tha...

On talking to God

On talking to God

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In the last year, I have been invited to a whole lot of events. Perhaps in Africa it is good luck to have the goofy looking, white guy at your celebration, o...

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees...

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees…

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In my neck of the woods, people have recently finished celebrating the biggest holiday of the year, Ramadan. The entire area is transformed by the observance...

The art of disliking

The art of disliking

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If books series like Harry Potter or Twilight have revealed anything, I believe it is the existence of the author crush. We all have that friend who has fall...

Off topic: What did you do this summer?

Off topic: What did you do this summer?

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I have a confession. I have become a Facebook stalker. It all started out innocent enough I guess. Occasionally glancing at photo albums from friends trips, ...

Why I am not a monk

Why I am not a monk

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I have been thinking about monks a lot lately. Not the “blaze orange wearing, nun-chuck carrying” kind. Instead, I am talking about the “crawl off into a cav...

Sermon Fodder - Turkish Baths

Sermon Fodder - Turkish Baths

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It appears that life is fashioned in such a way as to provide us with those little moments which necessitate being retold. Furthermore, any preacher or teach...

Ephesus: Causing ripples

Ephesus: Causing ripples

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Ephesus was kind of a big deal. Think of it as the “New York” of ancient Asia Minor. With a population of 400,000 people during the first century AD, it was ...

Laodicea: Piles of rocks

Laodicea: Piles of rocks

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I am on vacation. Some friends of mine and I got this ridiculous idea a year ago to galavant across Turkey (ancient Asia Minor) and see as much of the New Te...

Lessons from the little kids

Lessons from the little kids

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Africa has a bunch of kids, and I think about half of them follow me around on a regular basis. I am actually beginning to wonder if it is one of their chore...

Some thoughts on independence

Some thoughts on independence

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I will return to my posts on Bible study tomorrow. However, I felt compelled to take a brief hiatus and discuss my reflections on the day.

Journal Entry - 2/20/10

Journal Entry - 2/20/10

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My last day out in the village for a while. Sun is setting behind the mango tree, and the breeze is unbelievable. It has been that way most evenings as of la...

Steps in the Darkness

Steps in the Darkness

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I find myself wondering what those 10 days were like. I know what they were doing. The bible tells us they were devoted to prayer, but we have no view into h...

Journal Entry - 12/16/09

Journal Entry - 12/16/09

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Here is yet another one of my old journal entries. This particular entry was written the day after the last one I posted.

On Polygamy

On Polygamy

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I had an interesting conversation the other day with some of the old men in my village. As I have been learning the language, much of my time has been spent ...

The Proof is in the Pudding

The Proof is in the Pudding

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For the record, I really have no idea what the above saying means, or where it came from for that matter… but it sounded appropriate. Why is the proof in the...

Being Called a Sheep Isn't a Good Thing

Being Called a Sheep Isn’t a Good Thing

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I wrote this piece while serving in Africa as a missionary. At the time, I was living in a small village far away from city life. The observations made in my...

Journal Entry - 12/15/09

Journal Entry - 12/15/09

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As you have probably noticed, I am going through old journal entries in order to “catch up” my blog on life out here. Here is one from this past December:

Another Journal Entry - 11/12/09

Another Journal Entry - 11/12/09

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Here is a journal entry from last November, after I had started living out in the bush to do my language study. I thought this would be a good one to share.

Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost

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I am headed back out to the bush for a while, so I thought I would leave you guys with something that has recently been on my mind. I spent several days this...

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

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Ironically enough, my quiet time this morning found me in Matthew 28. I try to read straight through scripture book by book as I study it, instead of taking ...

My First Journal Entry

My First Journal Entry

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I thought you guys would get a kick out of this. I wrote this a couple of days after getting settled in. Looking back, its a bit dramatic… but this was all n...

I Miss My Soapbox...

I Miss My Soapbox…

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I guess it was only a matter of time before I got the itch to blog. After all, I do have a bit of free time here, and God is teaching me a whole lot so far t...

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