Monthly Archives: June 2015

10 Charts this week, 1: refugees, folk religions, religiously unaffiliated, rich cities, Millennials on the church, more.

1. Refugees: 80% of world’s refugees hosted in developing world. Chart. The desperate refugee flight around the globe. Mapped. GMI’s beautiful “Stepping beyond the tents” infographic. 2. South Sudan, 2 million forced to flee. Map of destinations. 3. Folk religions … Continue reading

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What gets measured

What gets measured, gets…? This article has some great thoughts on the quote, what it means, how you can measure better. But: If you measure the size of the church, its the number of people in the church you will … Continue reading

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How life seasons affect mission recruitment and attrition

Last week, I went to the funeral of a wonderful woman–my great aunt. She was 93, and had lived a great life full of faith, with a heritage of many believing children. At the funeral, one of her children said … Continue reading

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Purity and holiness maintained vs Gospel messiness

The Gospel is about good news invading the messiness of terrible brokenness, corruption, far-apartness, far-offness, stubborn rebellion–and redeeming it. When we’re taught “not to smoke, chew or run with those who do” – to “avoid the appearance of evil” – … Continue reading

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Movies and short-term missions: the temptation to too easy closure

For most “summer popcorn movies” – great action films – closure is very easy. At the end of the movie, the bad guys are typically dead or all arrested and put away for a very long time. (Mostly, the former). … Continue reading

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Avoiding the twin idols of long-term presence, short-term engagement

Some very good friends of mine just released an email that said their time on their current field was done, and they were returning to the United States. Interestingly, however, the email was very particular that their engagement with their … Continue reading

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How fast are Iranians coming to Christ

Q. How fast are Iranians worldwide coming to Christ? How many are coming to faith via conversion (as opposed to being born into Christian families)? When I did the Persian Cluster Forecast a few years ago, I interviewed over a dozen … Continue reading

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall

One of the hard parts about closure is the “price” you pay for doing something. The price is spent time, spent resources, investments in people, education, business, etc. The greater the price, the greater the success (or the greater the failure). … Continue reading

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Closure twists beginnings and endings together

“Begin with the end in mind,” famously wrote Stephen Covey as part of his Seven Habits, thus winding the ending up into the beginning. Yet the beginning gets wound up in the ending, too: because “closure” allows us to learn from … Continue reading

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Closure, meanings of

“Closure” is used as a missiological term with eschatological underpinnings. Most people who talk about “closure,” however, aren’t using it in that sense. When we use the term missiologically with people who aren’t familiar with this technical definition, we have to remember … Continue reading

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