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Church Planting & 7 Billion

According to UN calculations today, October 31st, 2011, is the “official day” when 7 billionth person will have been born on planet Earth. Our “world” has just gotten a little bit bigger now. What does this reality mean for the global Church in...

Sobering Story From Thailand

I just received this email from a couple that I spent time ministering with in Isaan (Northeast Thailand) recently. Hi John, You may recall when you visited us a few months ago, we prayed for a man (Paw ***) who had had a stroke. He is much better now, walking around,...

Sometimes I Just Let It Die

The plug is right next to my computer. I see the warning pop up. I watch my percentages go from 9 to 4 to 2 to one and yet I still don’t plug in. I am too focused on what I am doing at that very moment.  I know it would be best to just stop and grab it and plug...

Thai Elephants and Entitlement

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt cornered by someone with a need?  Have you ever felt bullied and pressured to do something you really weren’t prepared to do at the time? If you were given a little time and space, you may have changed your mind,...

Your Own Inciting Incident

Have you ever thought of the circumstances in your life when you felt forced to do something you didn’t necessarily want to do? You found yourself facing an incident that forced you into a critical decision that would change the course of your life’s...

Steve Jobs Was A Buddhist?

Steve Jobs, the CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, was an extraordinary man.  There is no doubt that he has left an indelible mark on history. His recent unexpected death at the early age of 56 has many people wondering about his personal faith. He has been known...

Flying: America to Thailand

From America to Thailand:   I recently have been going through the process again of getting roundtrip plane tickets from America to Thailand again.  My mom is coming to visit us for the first time, so we are pretty excited about it! Got me thinking about the process...

Making Evil Concrete

How would you define the word “evil”?  What does it look like to you?  In our culture, many people like to throw the word around in jest.  They may tell their close friend, “you are sooo evil” as they laugh.  Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movie...

Thai Food “Without Thinking”

Many people who think Thai food think about the famous Thai noodles, “Phad Thai.”  They may think that Phad Thai is the national dish of Thailand, but if you judge by what is actually eaten from the street stands, it’s not. I have been told by my...

20 Great Quotes on Taking Risks

I see two extremes to avoid when it comes to the issue of taking risks.       Being a person who takes risks just for the sake of taking risks.  They don’t think about the negative consequences. Being a person who watches life pass them by because they’ve...

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