What if the problem is…me?  (6/9/20)
Jun09

What if the problem is…me? (6/9/20)

Until last week, I saw myself as a pretty typical right-of-center white guy born and raised in the United States. I have an aversion to virtue-signaling, think that social justice warriors should be required to serve in the military before they are allowed to speak publicly, and generally thought (quietly, to myself) that for citizens of wealthy Western countries, if you were poor it was probably because you weren’t working hard...

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Learning to cuss without cussing during Advent (12/12/18)
Dec12

Learning to cuss without cussing during Advent (12/12/18)

A couple of nights ago at 7pm (dusk) we were returning to Kijabe on the upper main road/highway and came upon a child lying facedown in the middle of the road, entangled in two smashed vehicles and a donkey-drawn cart. The accident had just happened. In the 2 seconds that we could see him as we maneuvered past on the shoulder, Mardi didn’t think she could see him breathing, and we agreed together that the risk of stopping on a...

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Learning from Eugene Peterson: resisting the temptation of ‘great things’ (30/10/18)
Oct30

Learning from Eugene Peterson: resisting the temptation of ‘great things’ (30/10/18)

Eugene Peterson died a few days ago. He’s well known for writing several books that are required reading for Christian ministry, and of course for writing the popular paraphrase of scripture, The Message. We pray a Psalm each morning with the kids before school, and when I start to read from my own favorite translation, the NRSV, they clamor for The Message instead 🙂 This morning we read Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; take...

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Settling in (16/10/18)
Oct16

Settling in (16/10/18)

It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up to two months since we returned to Kenya…it was wonderful and affirming to be welcomed back so enthusiastically by our community here, and as I (Andy) settle into new community (Vineyard School of Ministry-Africa and new theology colleagues) it’s been a joy to be received with such open arms. Culture shock is real, (re-)adjustment is real, getting used to driving again...

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Why thinking clearly about God matters in cross-cultural/global mission
Sep06

Why thinking clearly about God matters in cross-cultural/global mission

Note: Andy’s paper, “Righteousness, suffering and participation in Philippians 3:7-11: Integral mission and Paul’s gospel”, will be published at the 2018 Micah Global Triennial Consultation (Philippines, 10-14 Sept 2018), and can be viewed here. A short summary follows.  Snapshot Cross-cultural missionaries leave family, security, predictability, community – motivated by the gospel.  But what is their...

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