Short-Term Missions Trips: Good or Bad?

There has been a lot of discussion and debate among missiologists about the validity of short-term mission trips. Some view them as an impediment to long-term, rooted gospel work in cross-cultural contexts and others still see mission trips, used well, as a great tool to engage God's people in His work in different cultures. I posed this question to Tony Myles, the author of a new book, Flipping Missions. Like me, he feels that short term missions is still a good thing and he gives great tips on how to do them well. Here is one of the questions I asked him: Do you still think short term trips are valid? Absolutely, but they can't just become a calendar event or an annual thing we do. Mission trips are like "date nights" for married couples. They aren't meant to replace the relationship, but provide space and investment to figure out what's even happening in...

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The Way Home Episode 20 – Chaplain (LTC) Derrick Riggs

Today my colleague Lindsay Swartz and I join, live from Afghanistan, Chaplain (LTC) Derrick Riggs. Chaplain Riggs is the Command Chaplain for Special Operations Joint Task Force and NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan. He is also a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Chaplain Riggs shared the unique challenges of ministry on the battlefield, the toll that wars take on military families, and how the church can minister to the military community. Listen to this week's episode of The Way Home [powerpress]   Show Notes If you are planning on being at the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, I want to encourage you to stop by our booth where we will have many free resources to give away. You will also want to make plans to attend a special FREE event we are doing on Monday, June 15th at the convention with 9 Marks Ministries on Connecting Church and Culture. This will be...

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Finding the Story Behind the Story

Every story, whether in movie or music, has a story behind the story. I've learned a lot about this from the work of my friend Mike Cosper, who I've interviewed several times. Another voice is Kevin Harvey, who has written a new book, All You Want to Know about The Bible in Pop Culture: helping Christians see gospel themes in pop culture. This doesn't have to be in a ham-handed way, but in a redemptive way, tracing the thin lines of the big Gospel story in the stories we tell ourselves. I had the chance to interview Kevin this week for Leadership Journal. Here is one of the questions I asked him: Sometimes Christian themes are overt, sometimes they are subtle. What motivates otherwise secular artists, filmakers, and songwriters to include Christian themes? Just like the psalmists in the Bible were simply communicating to God, sharing their hearts through their art, today’s writers are doing the...

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The Way Home – Episode 19 featuring Charles Stone

When you are thinking of Christian leadership, rarely does brain science come to mind, but my friend Charles Stone says it should. Charles, besides being a popular author and pastor, has done extensive research on neuroscience. His findings are interesting and affect the way we think about spiritual leadership. He joins me today on the podcast to talk about his book Brain-Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry. You'll enjoy this conversation. Charles Stone is an old friend who, like me, once pastored in the Chicago area. He's currently the senior pastor of West Park Church in Ontario, Canada. Listen to this week's episode of The Way Home [powerpress]   Show Notes If you are planning on being at the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, I want to encourage you to stop by our booth where we will have many free resources to give away. You will also want to make plans to attend a special...

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