Missions Misunderstood » Incarnation

Posted July 18th, 2008 by E. Goodman

So here I am- a continent, three cultures, and two months since my last post. A lot has changed. For starters, I’m still working with the IMB. Our regional leadership has been a tremendous support as we’ve begun the “About Europe” meetings and worked to launch the Upstream Collective. My new job is to connect […]

Filed under:Incarnation, Personal, Planting, Reflections Posted April 21st, 2008 by E. Goodman

Nearly anyone can live abroad. But incarnation is about more than just location. Successfully entering a culture that is different from yours requires that you learn the rules. If you’re trying to influence across cultures, the rules are crucial. Society is made up of rules. There are rules for how a person should act in […]

Tags: access, breaking the rules, cultural rules, entering culture, Rules

Posted April 8th, 2008 by E. Goodman

All around you there are groups of people who are influencing and being influenced. You can (and should) be part of the discussion, but you’re too busy doing something that nobody else cares about. In your little “Christian” subculture bubble, you have no influence and few friends. Here are some tips to help you become […]

Tags: , Books, Hobby, Interesting Person

Posted March 20th, 2008 by E. Goodman

As I encourage churches to get involved in international missions, one thing that often comes up is the question of where to start. With thousands of people groups in the world, and millions of potential places of service, where do you start? Most missions organizations would tell you to engage a “high priority” people. They […]

Tags: Missions Strategy, Person of Peace

Filed under:Church, Incarnation, Missions, Relationships, Strategy Posted March 17th, 2008 by E. Goodman

After reading Dr. Malcolm Yarnell’s paper entitled, Shall We “Build Bridges” or “Pull Down Strongholds”? I was inspired to respond. I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but here’s an excerpt: I, however, believe that the gap between the mainstream culture and the “Christian” subculture many Americans find themselves in should be filled. This […]

Tags: Missiology, Papers

Posted January 30th, 2008 by E. Goodman

A key part of our ministry is building relationships with the people God brings to us. God has often used us in ways similar to His use of Joseph in the Old Testament. Not so much in the “Pharaoh-naming-us-Vice-Pharaoh” sort of way; more in the sense of “I had a dream, what do you suppose […]

Filed under:Communication, Culture, Incarnation, Missiology, Truth Posted January 25th, 2008 by E. Goodman

When it comes to promoting missions and mobilizing missionaries, we rely on photos. In casting a vision for what God is doing around the world to bring people into right relationships with Himself, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or, in my case, about four blog posts. It’s unfortunate, but we often fall […]

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