Our little “idolatry/enmity” game has simple but firm rules: delight me, humor me, comfort me, or love me, and you get closer to my “idol” pole; but annoy me, disregard me, disappoint me, or threaten me, and you get closer to my enemy pole. Whenever a relationship promises to deliver happiness, we scoot that person toward the “idol” pole of our line. And whenever a relationship threatens to obstruct our happiness, we push that person toward the “enemy” pole of our line.
Despite everyone’s diligent efforts and sincere desires, missionary activities sometimes involve varying degrees of ineffectiveness. Why? One explanation might be that Christians, churches, and missionaries simply are not thinking strategically about how to make a rescue operation achieve as many goals as possible. Here are two foundational strategies no Christian interested in missions can afford to ignore.
Have you ever let Easter sneak up on you? I sure have, and this year I’m determined to do better. I want the power and cosmic significance of this event to grip me–and my family. Here’s how I plan to do that this year.
After a recent focus-group screening of Noah, Pastor Brian Houston quipped, “You’ll enjoy the film—if you’re not too religious.” Seems that Hollywood has met our …