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Small-Scale (Member/soul care) and Large-Scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) Disasters

Member care and disasters, both man-made and natural, are areas that need our attention. Most of my day has been consumed looking at these issues. I am part of the Trends and Issues summit here at the Accord Conference. Our issues today dealt with both large-scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes and wars) and small-scale disasters (think … Continue reading Small-Scale (Member/soul care) and Large-Scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) Disasters

ACCORD Network and Integral Mission

This week I am blogging just outside of Asheville, N.C. at the Accord Network conference for Christian Development and Relief organizations. Excited to be here representing Multnomah and MA Global Development and Justice program. After a red eye flight and a quick stroll up Chimney Rock here close to the conference, I headed for the … Continue reading ACCORD Network and Integral Mission

“Trialogue” – Scripture, Context and Child

How does Scripture speak to children and young people in diverse cultures and situations today? More specifically, how does Scripture speak to children in crisis around the world? Perhaps another way of phrasing that question would be, as Nolan Fewell suggests: “What would it mean to read the Bible for the sake of our children?” … Continue reading “Trialogue” – Scripture, Context and Child

International Development through Missions (re-posted)

I deeply appreciate Kevin allowing me to re-post this article which was originally published by Urbana. While these suggestions are not for everyone, I certainly think that gaining experience with a missions organization might be the way for rookie development workers to begin their careers. Experience is everything in this field. You never know, maybe … Continue reading International Development through Missions (re-posted)

Reflections from Korea

What I anticipated was going to be just another conference, has been anything but that. Ya, plenty of papers have been read in fine academic style, but what has really stood out are those that I have met and become reacquainted with from previous ministry and international gatherings. In the words of Steve Bevans - … Continue reading Reflections from Korea

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 4)

  Mission+Justice+Development Missiologist Andrew Kirk implores us to listen to two voices when reading Scripture, the voice of God (Scripture) and the voice (the cry) of the people. This process helps us to combine the central message of Scripture with the, “Reality of every situation into which the message and life of Christ comes” (2000, … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 4)

A Tribute to Khen Tuang (aka TuaTuang)

This past week the Multnomah community lost a friend and fellow servant. Khen Tuang was killed in an automobile accident along with his friend Peter who was a refugee from Myanmar (who tragically lost his wife in a refugee camp in Thailand in 2008, now leaving their three children orphaned). Khen’s wife and daughter were … Continue reading A Tribute to Khen Tuang (aka TuaTuang)

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 3)

Mission+Justice It is clear in Scripture that God desires to use his followers in His mission. Joining God’s mission also includes developing a proper response to injustices faced by those we care deeply about. This often includes righting the wrongs that are committed against those whom God deeply loves. In his important study on urban … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 3)

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 2)

The Mission of God Anyone who has lived and worked alongside those who are materially poor and oppressed, understands the immense complexities in seeing transformation realized. Having worked with children living on the street, I recognize that changed lives often take long-term commitment and the presence of God working in and through both the recipient … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 2)

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 1)

It was early morning and I was huddled around a fire with ten boys, ages 8 to 13. They were preparing to work in the community market in a suburb of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Each Saturday the boys show up around 5 a.m. in preparation for a days work. The children, using wheelbarrows, follow clients around … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 1)