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The Enormity of the Unfinished Task Demands Less of Us

Did you know there are 6,000 unreached people groups, numbering nearly 3 billion souls? And by unreached, I don’t mean your neighbor across the street that hasn’t heard a clear gospel presentation, but could if you would cross the street. I’m talking about people who couldn’t find a Christian if

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God With Us

This is an article from the May-June 2014 issue of Mission Frontiers. I’ll never forget the day I watched my mission professor weep as he told of his first years among the unreached. He explained how billions who have no access to the gospel would remain broken unless more in this

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Come Help Change the World!

For years leaders of the Communist party led people to believe that they and others who join together could change the world! We as followers of Jesus know that the only way to change the world is to change people and the only way people can change is to meet

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Target a Miracle

God can take the knotty tangle of human error and unravel it to His own glory. Isn’t that exactly what the whole of Scripture tells us? But the mystery of it all is that He is pleased to use humans in that process. And one of the most critical ways

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Learning From My Own Mistakes

This is an article from the May-June 2014 issue of Mission Frontiers. They were not Hearing Over a decade ago, I was traveling through Mozambique speaking to an audience that had traveled some distance. While preaching through a portion of Nehemiah, I noticed many were falling asleep during point one of

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5 Intentional Ways to Count for Zero

Today there are 2.3 billion believers today who call themselves followers of Jesus. There are 5 million churches, 43,000 denominations and over 12 million full time Christian workers, yet 99.7 % of all ministry financial support goes to building and maintaining the existing Church. Only .3% is spent on extending

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The Eyes of a Crocodile

Often times we assess a specific situation with our God-given intelligence only to be completely surprised at what was really right in front of us the whole time. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of strategies, action plans, research projects, or experience we have—we get “duped!” Whenever I get

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Shift from Local to Global Thinking

God is a global God. He has always cared about the entire world. “God so loved the world….” (John 3:16) From the beginning he has wanted family members from every nation he created. The Bible says, “From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided

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Media Engagement: A Global Missiological Task

This article was originally published in the February 2013 edition of the Lausanne Global Analysis and is republished here in an edited version with permission. Wherever we live in today’s world, information and communication technologies increasingly influence and impact our human lives, our Christian witness, and our Christian ministries. The varieties of

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Church Planting Holistically, as Jesus Would

Loving a person’s need is easy. And frankly, sharing Jesus with someone shouldn’t be difficult—we’re simply speaking words. But truly loving a whole person, now that’s challenging. It’s the second greatest commandment, and the second most difficult to live—“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:34–40). (The only thing harder to

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Our Ultimate Stewardship Priority

Of all that God has entrusted to us, what do you think should be our ultimate stewardship priority – our money, our time, our talents, our families, our careers, our bodies? What would God put at the top of His list? May I suggest that none of these, as important

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