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The Missionary Podcast

While in Tokyo last summer I had the privilege of recording the 1st episode of The Missionary Podcast (TMP). Founded by Jonas Davison, TMP is “a space for missionaries to share their stories of God’s work, and connect with Christians all over the world.” I was impressed with Davison. He came to the interview well-prepared, asked great questions, and used quality recording equipment that he knows how to operate. Davison saw a need and responded, “After several years of working closely […]

Letting Go. Moving Ahead.

A family move from Tokyo to Chicago, Illinois in January of this year has precipitated many changes. Soon after our move I realized that I have the opportunity to build something new. One of those golden opportunities to restart, to build a new initiative that will impact many in a positive way. I’ve invited a number of key leaders and friends to give me input. I’m very excited about the new direction. Seizing new opportunities requires that I let go of […]

Digital Outreach: An Incarnational Paradigm

“The big hub-bub, (the drama), the $64,000.00 question for digital ministry is: where is all the fruit – eg new believers who became disciples who got plugged into a church that we can name, track and see multiply. People are tired of counting clicks that don’t translate into real people in a real Church.” (what one leader posted on Facebook). I too have felt frustrated by a lack of results. Just as there are very few children born without real […]

Does it Matter What Churches Look Like?

Sitting in the sanctuary of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN last Sunday I thought, “The leadership of this church values art and creative people and they understand that people are deeply affected by their physical surroundings.” What prompted that thought? Redeemer meets in a historic (1902) cathedral style building that has beautiful forms and textures. The exterior is covered in what I assume is genuine handcrafted stone. From the inside I was amazed by the gorgeous stained glass windows (I […]