Reaching out beyond church walls

Uchi and Soto In Japan, there is a difference between how you treat people who you consider your inner circle of family and friends (uchi) and those who are outside of that (soto). This is […]


The Japanese Mind

Being a slow reader and owning more books than I could possibly hope to read in a lifetime (over 7,250 at last count), I hardly ever reread a book. But one book I have read […]

Daily Life

Three tips for protecting your family

Increasingly technology is being developed with one demographic in mind: children. Tablets are marketed with kid-proof cases resilient enough to be tossed around by the youngest of users. App stores like Google Play and the […]


Stories develop cultural understanding

When my family and I were working towards coming to Japan, I heard other soon-to-be missionaries talking about their prayer letters. They wanted to write about their country of service in a way that caused […]

Member Care

Boundaries: surviving cross-cultural life

Boundaries… are conscious and healthy ways to protect ourselves from emotional harm.1 Cross-cultural ministry has been defined as “the mission of God [that] seeks to enfold people of every nation, tribe, and language into God’s […]


Looking for a purpose . . . or maybe not

“How do I justify my existence? What’s the meaning of life?” These questions haunted me for as long as I can remember and eventually, when I was in my early 20s, drove me to the […]


Remembering our prayers

Today my kids and I read a story in Luke 17. Some lepers, ten in fact, are crying out to him—praying to him—for mercy. Jesus responds with a command, “Go and show yourselves to the […]


The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

By Mark Dever (Crossway Books, 2007). 124 pp. Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks, looks at questions about sharing the good news: Why don’t we […]