Missions Misunderstood » Relationships

Posted May 12th, 2008 by E. Goodman

In the comments section of my last post Now Tell Us How You Really Feel, a reader asked about some of the details of my transition from the field back to the United States. In the past, I haven’t written as much about these sorts of details; partly to protect my anonymity, and partly out […]

Tags: continuing the work, leaving, moving, Team

Filed under:Ministry, Reflections, Relationships, Team 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 21st, 2008 by E. Goodman

I hate when people give advice about evangelism. “What you need to do,” they start, “is buy a five-pound bag of individually-wrapped Lifesavers candy. Then, print about five hundred business cards with the plan of salvation on the back. Staple a lifesaver to each of the business cards, and ask people if they’d like a […]

Filed under:Communication, Evangelism, Relationships, Subculture 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 February 25th, 2008 by E. Goodman

So there’s a homeless guy that you see around town pretty often. One day, he approaches you on the street, asking for money. You compassionately give him a couple bucks. You know, the “least of these” and all that. The very next day, you see that same homeless guy sitting on a park bench, obviously […]

Filed under:Ministry, Relationships, Social Action Posted February 20th, 2008 by E. Goodman

Seth Godin says that all marketers are liars. If that’s true (I think it is), then whoever produces those infomercials is the worst of them. I’ve never seen an infomercial that didn’t insult our intelligence at every level- from the poor “acting” to the pseudo-talkshow format, it just reeks of disingenuousness. The worst part of […]

Filed under:Missions, Relationships Posted December 14th, 2007 by E. Goodman

As I talk with other Christians about life and society and current events, it strikes me how suspicious we are of everyone. The atheists have taken over the public school system. The homosexuals want to turn all boys gay. The Mexicans are invading. The Muslims want to outlaw Christianity. Universal health care is communism. Don’t watch The […]

Filed under:Christianity, Communication, Evangelism, Relationships, Truth Posted November 27th, 2007 by E. Goodman

How are you involved in international missions? In the past, mission agencies gave you three options: pray, give, or go. Hopefully, you’re doing at least one of these things. I’d like to invite you to a fourth way to participate in what God is doing around the world. You may not be aware of this, […]

Filed under:Internet, Ministry, Missions, Relationships Posted November 20th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Just for fun, I’ve addressed the disagreements raised by cafeaddict on my last post (Who, by the way, is challenging my post just for the sake of argument. He/she mentions that they actually agree with my post). If only cafeaddict could find the shift button for capitalization… stepchild, since you no longer have any dissenters […]

Filed under:Relationships Posted November 17th, 2006 by E. Goodman

I hate buzzwords. One that is widely used in ministry is “relational.” What does that mean? I’ve heard people that do surveys and questionnaires describe their ministries as “relational.” Does a brief encounter on the street count as a relationship? Why does everyone feel the need to talk about relationships, even if they don’t (or […]

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