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New Paradigms in Evangelism

We in the West (North America and Europe) have traditionally emphasized a sin/guilt/innocence/righteousness paradigm of salvation. It is time to expand our paradigms. Jesus’ healing is about sin, yes, but also about shame, defilement, and fear.

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Favorite Resources for Mission Committees

With the start of a new school year, your mission committee might be looking for some new and interesting ways to promote missions within your congregation. In addition to the excellent missions education resources available from Resonate Global Mission, you may want to check out the following websites.

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Thoughts on Free Stuff

So something I have been thinking about recently related to the sustainability of the way I live and simplicity is that it is hard to say no to free stuff.  

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Taking a LEAP

When I tell people in the CRC what I do for a living, I tend to get the same question in response: Why? And I get it. I recently took a position developing a new project for the denomination: LEAP. Does the CRC need another program to solve problems that are certainly not programmatic?

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To Be or Not To Be ... an Insider

The topic of the insider movement is one of the most heated controversies in the area of ministry to Muslims. An insider is a Muslim who converts to Christianity, but who remains in the Mosque for a period of time. 

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The Quran and the Mission of the Church

By studying the Bible, I hope to deepen my faith in God. By studying the Quran, I hope to better understand the religious experience of my Muslim friends, so that I can share with them my understanding of truth as it is found in the Bible.

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Divine Familial Terms Controversy

From time to time I receive emails from concerned church members over controversial Bible translations. The translations in question are seven Wycliffe/SIL projects in Muslim contexts. At the center of this controversy are the names God the Father and Son of God, which we call divine familial terms.

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From Owning the Missionary to Owning the Task

Owning the task does not mean that missionaries are abandoned — quite the opposite. When a missions team works with their missionaries to discover a common purpose, the partnership and commitment to the task deepen. To use a sports metaphor, the church shifts from merely cheering on the sidelines to being a part of the global team.

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Terror in Boston

Every year America receives new immigrants, and many are Muslim. These immigrants need our help and hospitality — help with English, the challenges of immigration, the struggles that come with adapting to a new culture.

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Christian - Muslim Dialogue

As the CRCNA undertakes more of an active role in inter-religious dialogue in North America, we can learn a lot from our Christian and Muslim friends in Egypt. Egypt has a long history of Christian-Muslim interaction, and in the end, most Egyptians, whether Muslim or Christian, see themselves as Egyptians first.

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Sea to Sea: Cyclists as Missionaries

 When I was asked to join the steering committee for the 2008 Sea to Sea ride, I was skeptical. Hundreds of middle to upper income white folks taking the summer off of work to ride bicycles that cost more than some people make in a year was going to “end the cycle of poverty?”

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