Immigration and the Great Commission Explained (VIDEO)

Yesterday, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina released an explainer video that is just too good not to share. This is the kind of video you need to show in your church. The video discusses the current state of missions in North America and focuses in specifically on the Great Commission opportunities presented by…

Living at a “Seam of History”

In his book, Theology in the Context of World Christianity, Timothy Tennent makes a profound claim. He says the contemporary church is currently living at a "seam of history." These seams have occurred at various moments in the history of the church, and right now we are experiencing another one. I think he is right.…

Three Things the Immigrant Church in Your City Does Better Than You

I am about to make a whole lot of generalizations. So, get ready. Of course, I do not know your church, and I do not know the immigrant church in your town. However, I know a lot of Western, majority culture churches and I spend a lot of time working with and studying immigrant churches.…

Bourdain Tastes the Nations… in Houston (VIDEO)

I love shows about strange food. Maybe it is because I love strange food. I like them even more when I can learn something from them, and this upcoming piece by Anthony Bourdain on CNN's Parts Unknown is all about the radical diversity found in one US city... Houston. I have noted before that Houston…

Christian, Get Out of the Bubble

My church has a lot of seminary students, and I hear a certain refrain every two or three weeks in the small groups I oversee. The conversation turns toward evangelism and missions and some well-meaning seminary student will express frustration that they are "stuck in the bubble." By that, they mean that their world revolves…

One Easy Way to Discover a People Group Community

So your church wants to reach people groups in your community. Or, maybe you had never considered it before you saw this article scroll by in your news feed. Whatever the case, the Peoples Next Door project exists to help churches figure out how to discover and engage people groups. Truthfully, it is not as…

Chiming In: 99% of Immigrants Feel More Welcome After a Dinner

It is an interesting time when the Huffington Post beats many churches to principles of Christian hospitality, but that is precisely what has happened in a recent article they published called, "99% of Immigrants Feel More Welcome After a Dinner." The premise of this article should be common sense, but for many (and I mean…

How to Use Google Forms, Sheets, & Maps to Survey Your Community (For Free)

Every church needs to know the community around them. Many churches today knew their community at one time, but things change. When it comes to communities here in the US, that transition has happened quickly and everywhere. Many (I would guess most) neighborhoods look different today than they did 10-15 years ago. In many places…

Good Ministry to Internationals in One, Short Video

I am always excited to pass on good resources, and the following video is just that. It is a short testimony of a couple realizing their responsibility to share the gospel with unreached people groups here in the States. The video briefly walks through that process for them, and it is really good. I am…

Danny Akin Issues Challenge to Reach the Peoples Next Door

If you were at the summit in Nashville last week, then you have already seen this video. For the rest of you, Dr. Akin takes two minutes to explain the Peoples Next Door project at Southeastern and issue a challenge to churches, association, conventions, and others to get involved in the reaching the nations here…