Missions: Westerners Need Not Apply? (Part 2)

The last post started to discuss the idea that national believers are the most qualified to serve as missionaries (meaning, the most qualified to be exported to another place with the Gospel). Let me say again that there is certainly a core of truth here: already speaking a language and fitting into a culture are […]

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July 2013 – Project China Update

Recent News from the Project China Team Please join us in prayer and praise for these recent developments within our team. If you would like to get in touch with one of the Project China missionaries concerning any of these updates, please contact us here. Jake‘s family is still on furlough in the United States; […]

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Missions: Westerners Need Not Apply?

I am finding more and more that people like me (middle-class Americans) are considered ill-suited candidates for church-planting missions to foreign fields. I try not to take it personally (I just close my eyes and pretend it’s just sixth grade all over again and my friends are choosing me last for a baseball team – […]

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Fear Plans

Heard this story before? A young man – a high school student, say – desires to serve the Lord. He wants to carry the Gospel to people without it around the world. So he talks to his parents. His parents, while happy to discover their son’s godly aspirations, caution him to earn a degree in […]

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June 2013 – Project China Update

Recent News from the Project China Team Please join us in prayer and praise for these recent developments within our team. If you would like to get in touch with one of the Project China missionaries concerning any of these updates, please contact us here. Made a trip to China this past week during the […]

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Measuring

Remember Moneyball? The story of how the Oakland A’s built a powerful baseball team by scooping up undervalued players? The central premise of their restructuring of the organization was this: teams are measuring the wrong things to determine if a player is worth their salary. By changing what they were measuring, they were able to […]

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May 2013 – Project China Update

Recent News from the Project China Team Please join us in prayer and praise for these recent developments within our team. If you would like to get in touch with one of the Project China missionaries concerning any of these updates, please contact us here. Pastor Xu, Pastor Jia, and Pastor Liu continue to lead […]

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Is Missional Living the ‘New Legalism’?

A recent post by Anthony Bradley laments what he sees as the establishment of a fresh form of legalism: the push for Western Christians – especially in the suburbs – to live ‘radically’ and ‘missionally.’ He talks about encountering Christian brothers and sisters who struggle with feelings of inadequacy and futility as they work to […]

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Man of the Word – Wang Ming Dao

A couple weeks back, I wrote how the Gospel seems to threaten to make Chinese people into cultural orphans. In discussing some ways to encourage Chinese people who feel that pressure, I mentioned the role that church history can play. Connecting a new Chinese believer to the history of two thousand years of preachers, missionaries, […]

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April 2013 – Project China Update

Recent News from the Project China Team Please join us in prayer and praise for these recent developments within our team. If you would like to get in touch with one of the Project China missionaries concerning any of these updates, please contact us here. Pastor Xu’s church (Grace Baptist Church) was visited by a […]

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