On stupid questions and missing the point

The questions we ask say a lot about who we are. Think about it for just a minute. Questions reveal concerns. We rarely ask questions about things that do not concern us. They expose our understanding of things. We have all sat in a classroom where someone raised there hand and asked a question only…

When life seems unfair, but really it is not.

The parable of the day laborers has always been difficult for me to comprehend. Perhaps I make it too hard. More precisely, perhaps I do not like what it teaches. In chapter 20 of his gospel account, Matthew retells a parable that Jesus told. In this parable a landowner goes out to find day laborers…

A better way: An alternative to dumping Starbucks

This post is the conclusion to a two-part series. It will probably not make much sense unless you go read the first post: Will I be dumping Starbucks? I concluded the last post by asking if there was a better way to approach cultural issues than this ban on Starbucks. This is how I answered:…

Missions is Not About You – Part 2

This is the continuation of a previous post. If you have not read part 1, I would suggest you do so here. So, if missions is not about you, and it is not ultimately about them, then what is the purpose of missions? Why do we go? Simply put, missions is about a name. This…

When the gospel does its work

The gospel changes things. I was reminded of this truth today during a conversation with a friend who also spent some time overseas as a missionary. We were waxing verbose about some ongoing discussion in one of his missions classes at the seminary. It was the familiar question of contextualization and how we must interact…