• In Suffering

    [Be sure to check out part 1 (Follow Me) and part 2 (On Mission) of this series on discipleship.] I get it: We want to accentuate the positive. We Christians like to emphasize the positives of following Jesus – and minimize the negatives. But Jesus is pretty straight forward about the costs of discipleship. Matthew 8:19-22 is a great… Continue Reading

  • Without a Country

    My heart has been heavy this week. I’ve been thinking of Peshraw, Hezhar, Soran, Housain, and dozens more. These were some of my dear Kurdish friends that I met while in Athens. They were refugees, forced from their homelands due to war, persecution, or politics. These Kurdish friends have been on my mind since watching “Better Friends than… Continue Reading

  • No Friends but the Mountains

    Is there hope in Iraq today?  Is there even the faintest whisper of Good News in the midst of the Islamic State’s onslaught of war, genocide, and beheadings? In the midst of the countless Internally Displaces Peoples (IDPs) and refugees fleeing the Islamic State, there are some who have sacrificed in order to offer help… Continue Reading

  • On Mission

    A few weeks back, we talked about an accessible working definition of discipleship (see here). By way of Matthew 4:19, we said that a disciple follows Jesus (head), is being transformed by Jesus (heart), and shares in Jesus’ mission (hands). It’s worth narrowing in a bit on that final competent: a disciple shares in the mission… Continue Reading

  • Blindsided: A Treasure

    “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that… Continue Reading

  • Lost in Greece

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency) recently released a report on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. The report is based on an assessment in the last quarter of 2014. [Check out the report summary here.] Last year, roughly 43,500 asylum seekers and immigrants crossed the Mediterranean from Turkey to… Continue Reading

  • Follow Me

    He didn’t form a political party. He didn’t start a business or an organization. He didn’t plant a local church (at least not in the way that we usually think of it). Jesus called disciples. In fact, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ public ministry begins and ends with a call to discipleship (see Mat. 4:19; 28:19).… Continue Reading