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Put Yourself Out There A Bit…

Are you living a safe comfortable country-club-type faith journey? Or are you on adventure with God, on journey, on quest? In the video below, Missional thinker Alan Hirsch challenges us to go beyond the safe comfortable middle class expression of our faith and take...

Flooding in Chiang Mai

Update 31 Oct 2011:  Been high and dry for awhile now.  Weather is perfect for a visit.  Come and see us here and enjoy the city! Update 5 Oct 2011: Flooding has ceased, clean up has begun, and life is returning to normal here in Chiang Mai. Previous story:  The Mae...

The Craziness of Samsara

Samsara.   What is it?   Essentially it is the Buddhist cycle of birth, rebirth, pain, and suffering thought to be common to all of humanity. Buddhists would call it “rebirth”, others maybe “reincarnation.” How could it practically play out in...

Ignorant Thai Students

Ignorance:  Lacking knowledge or awareness.  This is exactly what happened recently here in Chiang Mai, Thailand when students dressed up in full Nazi costume and regalia from the Third Reich and marched in to their school with pomp and pride, even carrying plastic...

I am Missional I am Missionary

Missional:  It is a newer word to describe a person or group of people (ie, church) who know that God Himself is own Mission and that he has called them to join Him. Missionary: It is a term used to describe a missional person who crosses cultures and other boundaries...

Finish the Mission Tweets

Here are the best tweets so far from the recent Desiring God National Conference , Finish the Mission.   I took the liberty of collecting some of the best quotes and posting them here for you guys and gals. The conference, hosted by @JohnPiper, featured key missions...

The Presence of God

For certain, my mind has been affected by the Word of God, but my whole life has been dramatically impacted by the very manifest presence of God. I don’t ever want to take it for granted. I’m sure I have many times, but the Lord has been gracious to me and...

Thai Culture & Affirmation

Thoughts from 2011 while working in Thailand. Craving affirmation; I think its something we all do at one time or another.   As human beings we are hard wired for affirmation.  We respond to it. When encouragement and affirmation comes from a person we admire or...

Missions & Four Voices That Cry Out

A person whose heart is aligned with God’s, hears the four voices that cry out for the Gospel. The voice from above, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us”  (Isaiah 6:8, NIV) The voice from below, “Please go and warn my brothers lest they end up here as well”...

Buddhism is Natural

Buddhist friends like to tell me that Buddhism is natural (dhammachardt). The Thai word for nature comes from the word for Buddhist teaching (dhamma). So we see that the two are thought to be one and the same. But what if there is something above nature;...

Thailand’s Meth Epidemic

I was recently contacted by a family in the US who asked for my help in visiting their son who is now awaiting sentencing in a large Bangkok prison.  His crime? Intention to sell methamphetamine. This got me looking deeper into the world of “meth” use in...

Layered American Christianity

Ever think about the layers of American Christianity and how they affect our worship services and ministry today?   Living in a majority Buddhist nation, I think about things like this often because I am constantly trying to dig into the foundations of why Buddhist...

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