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Don’t know if I’m sad or angry

May 7, 2012

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In fact, I’m both. The 16 year old son from a Pacific Island family I know has committed suicide. Of course, suicide is a problem in every society, but “For some Pacific Islands, suicide is a leading cause of death in youth, and rates have not only reached epidemic proportions but are among the highest in the […]

Yet another leadership article (yawn) but wait . . .

April 10, 2012

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Christian leadership has to be one of those topics where much gets written and little changes! I’m the leader of a cross-cultural Christian ministry that’s in recovery after a period of bad leadership. So I’m reading everything I can lay my hands on, hoping to gain clarity and be better able to articulate recent painful […]

Is there such a thing as a Christian nation?

April 3, 2012

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Is it possible for a nation or people group to enjoy special blessing because of an early leader’s personal commitment to God? We see this with Israel under the Old Covenant, but is there room for this idea under the New Covenant? I work among tribal people in the South Pacific Islands who love to […]

What a Church Movement looks like

March 9, 2012

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Last week I was in the South Pacific Islands. Busy days and nights of meetings with our (Pacific Partners) radio and discipleship leaders, but oh so rewarding! One night I had the joy and privilege of teaching young people from various churches who meet weekly at the home of one of our local leaders. They […]

Radio, and organic church planting

February 18, 2012

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The video below was made in 2001, but it’s the best I’ve found to explain what is beginning to happen around our Pacific Partners radio ministry in the South Pacific Islands. (Note: beginning to happen. It is becoming well established in Tonga and starting in the Solomon Islands.) What is happening now in the Islands, sprang from our […]

Discipleship is more than Conveying Information (by Trevin Wax)

February 10, 2012

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I’ve just read an important blog post by Trevin Wax about discipleship being like an apprenticeship. (I’ve written about this in my recent posts Can Radio Really Help Disciple a Nation? and Canoe Without a Paddle.) Trevin Wax writes on The Gospel Coalition blog, “The culture of the first century put a high priority on learning […]

Can radio really help change a nation? Yes, but only if . . .

February 7, 2012

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If you know me at all, you will know how focussed I am on missionary radio and biblical discipleship. But as I look around at many (most?) of our Western churches and their well meant but sometimes misguided attempts at ministry and missions, I’m concerned. We have moved far away from the apprenticeship-style discipleship and […]