I went to see The End of the Spear today. Wow! Go to the site and click on Behind the Spear and read it. You dare not miss the first lines of the narration of the movie. It poses the question, can mankind, from different cultures, ever hope to get along? Can we live together … Continue reading "End of the Spear" and the struggle between Islam and the West
On a trip to Dakar, Senegal, I came across an artist who paints on the back of glass. I found this picture interesting and asked the artist about it. He said it was Abraham and Ishmael. That was the first I was ever exposed to this interpretation of the life of Abraham. I have used … Continue reading How I got started thinking about Islam
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My main responsibility, after trying to be a loving husband, father, and grandfather, is to help coordinate the people in Martureo who are creating a Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection I have copied here for you the report from our Martureo site about some of our accomplishments in 2017. In Martureo we understand how important … Continue reading Martureo: some accomplishments from 2017
I went to Panama for the Global Consultation of the Mission Commission, of the World Evangelical Alliance. To help the participants from 80+ countries who will meet in Panama, October 3-7, 2017, I wrote this little piece as background from a previous Consultation: the Panama 1916 Congress on Christian Work in Latin America The 2016 … Continue reading Latin America as mission field: Postcards from the Hotel Tivoli
Martureo Assessment September 2016 I have just finished doing an assessment of the work done by Martureo over the last couple of years. This has helped me figure out where I can contribute in my new responsibility as Executive Coordinator. When we finished this Assessment, we were actually quite amazed at how active the Brazilian Center for … Continue reading Brazilians transforming the future of global mission
Olympic travelers were told to get to Rio’s Galeão airport 6 (yes that’s 6) hours ahead of their flights today. The airport is expected to be crowded today. But not as crowded as the streets of Rio. Rio traffic is notoriously congested, full of people who live there and want to get where they need to go. Those … Continue reading The morning after Rio 2016 — everyone goes home (?)
Tomorrow the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You probably know that Lois and I lived in Brazil from 1977 to 1986 where, as missionaries, we provided support to pastors and leaders in the rapidly growing numbers of churches. Brazil is a VERY religious place, and diverse. Most Americans think that Brazil is … Continue reading Day one: Brazilians are innovative religiously.
I have a new job, and it is in Brazil. I started my career in Brazil, so this is like coming full circle. Please help me do it well!
I have much respect for Joseph Cumming, and I have learned a lot from him. He is great example of what it means to take Christ seriously and respect Muslims at the same time (that sentence, written in that way, makes it look like those two things–taking Christ seriously and respecting Muslims–don’t go together. But … Continue reading Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?