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Amanda Blackburn's Tragedy and the Realities of Urban Ministry

Amanda Blackburn's Tragedy and the Realities of Urban Ministry

Untold numbers of potential, missional-city-dwellers are internalizing Amanda's murder as yet another sign that “the city” is not for them.

Yes, Amanda Blackburn’s death should move us; but it should move us toward action, not fear.

Missions in a Terrorized France

Missions in a Terrorized France

For years my family and I have been preparing to head overseas. We have a church-based team heading to France early 2016. Our first team retreat was scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015.  And then on November 13, all hell broke loose in Paris

They Don't Need Your Pity

They Don't Need Your Pity

Whether we realize it or not, most efforts that appear to be merciful are, in fact, anything but merciful; they use the poor for our own gratification to give our people ministry opportunities or some other short-sighted end. Do the people we minister to really need this type of ministry?

Overseas Missions (What you don’t see on Instagram)

Overseas Missions (What you don’t see on Instagram)

In moments of weakness, things that are comfortable and familiar seem bigger than they should and I begin feeling entitled to things. (Cue every lie possible.) It clouds my eternal mindset and the reasons the Lord called us to this city. Everything I get upset about has one common denominator: MY comforts, MY desires and ME.

Going Beyond The Fence

Going Beyond The Fence

With so much emphasis today on being missional, contextual, and radical it’s easy to forget the simplicity and significance of the truth that gospel makes us into lovers—lovers of God and lovers of others. Instead of trying to be trendy, edgy, hardcore, or hipster, we should strive to be the neighbors everyone wants to have next door. Now that would be edgy. Maybe even taboo.

A Missional Call: Ashley Leightenheimer

A Missional Call: Ashley Leightenheimer

 Fast-forward six years, a couple of gray hairs, a couple extra pounds and two babies later. Don’t get me wrong my husband is still handsome but, the thought of moving overseas no longer sounded sweet, romantic or easy.  It sounded down right terrifying.  Thinking about moving our family to another country, away from family and friends, and to a place where we can’t communicate easily or face to face is so stressful and overwhelming.