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Putting a Theology Degree to Work in Unexpected Places

I don’t know that Koko had ever opened a Bible, let alone studied it verse-by-verse. But as an international student desperate to pass the TOEFL test, she wanted all the English practice she could get. Koko’s name was actually Hiroko. She was a Japanese college student staying with my young family. My 18-month-old son couldn’t pronounce “Hiroko,” so she quickly became “Koko,” a friend who brought him candy and taught him Japanese words. While we kept complimenting her English, she was always asking us to correct…
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Small-Town Ministry Is Big with Opportunity

While I was in seminary, I attended a church-planting conference put on by Acts 29. One of my main takeaways was the strategic importance of planting urban churches and reaching big cities with the gospel. This all resonated with me. Ministry is about going where the people are, and increasingly, people are in the cities. As I continued my studies, I started to make plans to plant a church in…

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How to See Human-Trafficking Victims, Even in Your Church
Hollywood movies like Taken infect our understanding of human trafficking with notions of kidnappings on distant shores and a rogue FBI agent saving the day. But is that an accurate picture? What if a human-trafficking victim was a member of your youth group? Is that even possible? Raleigh Sadler, founder and executive director of Let My People Go, says it is. Sadler tells the story of Anna, a 17-year-old girl trafficked for sex by her boyfriend. Every Sunday, she sat in the back of a neighborhood church. When Sadler asked Anna how her congregation served her…

How to See Human-Trafficking Victims, Even in Your Church

How do we launch a fight when the person we seek to help is invisible?

A Fresh Look at the 5 Missionary Martyrs in Ecuador

Revisiting America’s most-told missionary story.

Why Christians Need More Paradox

For the Christian, paradox is the stuff of sanity.

A Vocabulary for Life’s Dark Days

How to voice your pain in prayer.