Leveraging "This Sucks" for Evangelism

Leveraging "This Sucks" for Evangelism

Is it still possible to evangelize high school teenagers by simply inviting them to attend church and youth group?

Perhaps now better than ever before! But you may need to think critically about how you do so. 

As with all effective missionaries across the centuries, one of the most difficult tasks for any faithful, evangelically-minded Christian includes contextualizing the surrounding culture and learning the language of the indigenous people groups. 

For the sake of my vocation, along with many of who read this blog, that means... adolescents. 

How Should a Christian Respond to Power #loveGodloveMexico

How Should a Christian Respond to Power #loveGodloveMexico

If you follow Jesus, then what does a faithful response to power look like for you?

I want to think about this question with you for 2 reasons:

First, during our time in Mexico together, we confronted a countless number of situations where all of us felt either powerful or powerless. And those feelings shaped how we related to others in Mexico, as well as our faith in Jesus on a personal level, and I believe that this same dynamic holds true for us no matter where we live and visit. Ultimately power shapes our relationships with one another and with God.

And the second reason why I want to address this question with you is because every single one of you is a powerful person. You - every single one of you - possess power.

And what is power? Power simply defined is influence.

You are an influencer.

Conversely, however, you are also influenced. Every one of us in some way or another is influenced by others. Depending on the situation, there are others in positions of power and influence over us - whether that person be a supervisor, family member, friend, or stranger. All of us encounter people who influence us, and still the question remains even in those situations:

“How should a Christian respond to power?” If you follow Jesus, then what does a faithful response to power look like for you?

And the Lame Shall Walk #loveGodloveMexico

And the Lame Shall Walk #loveGodloveMexico

“Did that really happen?”

On the third day of our mission work in La Mision, Mexico, we broke from the typical rhythm of the week, and headed north toward the border city, Tijuana. 

We traveled along Mexico Highway 1, the international extension of the Pacific Coast Highway, not knowing at all what awaited for us at our destination.

Our mission for that day: to pray and provide food for the people living in the “Old" Tijuana Dump - the slums of Tijuana. I place the term ‘old’ in quotations because supposedly the dump shut down about 6 years ago. The catch, however, is that the owner of the dump recently reopened it for income and now uses certain portions of it - some directly next door to the homes living in the community - to dump garbage. 

In My Absence

In My Absence

This summer has felt more like a dream than reality.

It began with a notice on our apartment door one evening in the beginning of June, stating that my family had 60 days to vacate our apartment due to luxury renovations. Yikes!

First thought, "Bummer!" Our home since the beginning of our marriage... laughs, love, conflict, a little girl, so many memories over with a simple two sentence notification. Ten days later, we moved everything into storage and became a family without an address.

Reflecting Kolkata - One Month Later

One month after Kolkata, I feel more burdened than ever to simply share our story with as many people as possible.

Before we arrived at Kolkata, I recall telling our team to prepare for the shock of re-entry. Many had never left North America, let alone step foot onto the Asian sub-continent. I felt a hunch deep within me that our return home would be tougher than anyone of us could imagine.

Choices #loveGodloveKolkata

"The difference between the poor and wealthy is simple: the poor have no choice, and the wealthy have too many."

Said Kerry Hilton, Founder and President of Freeset, an organization that seeks to provide a choice for women to choose freedom from sex trafficking.

The difference between the poor and wealthy is simple: the poor have no choice, and the wealthy have too many.

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