Q&A with Mission Aviation Fellowship President David Holsten on the challenges of reaching the most isolated villages in the world. In a remote village on the side of a mountain in Papua, a man has been writing letters. “I’ve written so many letters asking for teachers to come,” he says. “I’ve written so many letters, my pens have all run out of ink. I don’t have any more pens to write with. But then all of the sudden I heard you guys were coming. I was so happy hearing that I could not sleep at all last night.” A new…

Southern Baptists become first to require vaccines as agencies navigate health requirements and travel restrictions. COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board—which deploys thousands of missionaries—is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical Protestant denomination in the US, announced this month it is requiring vaccinations for missionaries they’re sending into the field amid the pandemic. The IMB may be the first US missionary agency known to have such a mandate, according to leaders in the field, as other faith groups approach the…

Today is Earth Day, when we’re encouraged to consider our relationship to, and influence on, the environment around us. While many aspects of the environmental movement have gotten enmeshed in controversial politics, the core topic of environmental care is near and dear to Christian teaching. A careful reading of the Bible—and of the Genesis creation account in particular—shows that stewardship of God’s creation is an important part of our lives as Christ-followers. The following reflection, from our “Discovering God’s Design” devotional, discusses the importance of “place” in the biblical narrative, and seems particularly appropriate for Earth Day. A Sense of…

Travel reminds us of our God-ordained dependence on others. There’s a call button above every seat on commercial airplanes. In all my travels, I don’t think I’ve ever used it. I’m not sure if that is due to shyness or to pride, as there have certainly been times when I acutely needed help while seated. While traveling recently, for example, I endured some delays and was thirsty. Yet I waited to ask for anything until the plane reached 10,000 feet, when the flight attendants came row by row to grant our drink requests. I didn’t press the call button. It…

Listen: Immigrant congregations bring diverse worship to the Lutheran Midwest. “We used to dance to kings but now we are dancing to God,” explains Omot Ochan, the worship leader for the Anuak service at Christ Lutheran Church, near St. Paul, Minnesota. The music at his church begins as a high-pitched offering, a young woman’s ethereal voice floating through the sanctuary, before meeting a fervent response from congregants and the rhythms of three drums. Most of the parishioners at the service were refugees from the Gambela region in western Ethiopia, which borders South Sudan. Now, they live out their faith in…

Australia’s fires may prompt new cooperation on environmental policy, many hope, in a coal-dependent country where views on climate change diverge.

Is the earth really only 6,000 years, or is it much older, and how can we know for sure? Conventional Thinking Most scientists believe that the earth is old…very, very old. Most believe that the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

If you read this Logos blog on a regular basis you know I’m a big fan of the Bible Browser because I refer to it often. Well, once again I’ll mention it because it answers a user’s question emailed to me: How do I search in Logos 7 for everything that Jesus did while on earth besides using the Factbook? For example: records of His praying, sayings, rebukes, condemnations etc.? That’s a question asking for broad results, therefore, the Bible Browser is the tool to use. So to borrow a phrase from Paul, “…to write the same things to you is…

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)

As Christians we say the world (Earth) is not our home, rather, our home is in Heaven. While this is true, God has created us to live and dwell in our mortal bodies on planet Earth. So much has been… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]