In a previous post I introduced our oldest child, Lydia. Now I’d like to introduce you to the young lad who, if we lived in biblical times, would inherit a double portion of my estate: Silas Matthew! Silas was born in Brisbane, Australia, while I was teaching at Queensland Theological College, so we like to […]Read More Numero dos… Mr. Silas!
Missionaries have to raise support (at least most of us do!). As I connect with folks, share about the work that God is doing in Japan, and invite them to participate through prayer and financial support, sometimes the answer comes back, “We believe the work you’re doing is great, and we’d love to support you, […]Read More Five Ways to Support Missionaries When Your Budget is Maxed Out
I thought I would take a few posts and introduce our kiddos, since they will be living the missionary life just as much as Caroline and me. I think and wonder often about what their lives will look like growing up in a foreign country. Their experiences will be vastly different from ours as children, […]Read More Introducing… Lydia!
I’ve just finished reading David Platt’s book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Platt often speaks at the big evangelical conferences, and I had heard a lot about this book and read some responses, both positive and negative, so I was curious to read it for myself. Here I offer a brief […]Read More Radical: A Review
Last week was our 9th wedding anniversary, so we celebrated by going out lunch. Since Caroline has been pregnant for the better part of the last two years, we haven’t had a lot of opportunity to enjoy sushi together, so we went to a nice little Japanese restaurant in downtown Raleigh and had some good […]Read More Anniversaries and the Gospel
One of the aspects of Christian living that I find hardest to live out is self-sacrifice. Specifically, it’s difficult for me – and I’d wager to say for all of us – to be willing to sacrifice things that I love for the sake of the gospel. In my flesh I want to cushion myself […]Read More The Struggle to Sacrifice
In considering whether or not the church is being strategic in fulfilling the Great Commission, we need to answer several questions. What did Jesus intend in the Great Commission? In Jesus’ famous last command, commonly known as the “Great Commission,” our Lord instructs His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). The term […]Read More Is the Church Fulfilling the Great Commission Strategically?
If you have 26 minutes, I highly recommend watching this sermon by Richard Pratt. Richard was my most influential professor in seminary and the instrument God used to call me to the mission field. Enjoy!Read More Obstacles for the Church’s Mission