Missions Misunderstood » Personal

Posted July 29th, 2010 by E. Goodman

I love church planters. They really are a unique breed. Anyone who would launch out on their own to navigate the waters of societal indifference, institutional competition, and sustained discouragement  in efforts to start a church deserves some respect (Or pity. Maybe both.) I get to meet a lot of church planters from across the […]

Tags: Church, church planting

Filed under:Christianity, Personal Posted June 28th, 2010 by E. Goodman

I knew it was over when I quit reading my own blog. Seriously. Missions, Misunderstood was so theoretical, so boring, so tedious to read, that I actually quit reading what I was writing. Those of you who have stuck with it must be gluttons for punishment. Either that or you’re just too lazy to change […]

Filed under:Blogging, Personal 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 May 15th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’m not the sensitive emotional type. I never cry at weddings. I hate romantic comedies. I think that pictures of babies in flower pots should be considered cruelty. I don’t save souvenirs, birthday cards, or mementos. As I pack up to leave the field, I’m experiencing this strange sensation- emotion. Everything I do is taking […]

Tags: leaving, saying goodbye

Filed under:Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted May 4th, 2008 by E. Goodman

If you read my last post, you know that after six years, I am moving back to the United States. I’m filled with mixed emotions as I try to sort through what this means for my life and retirement plan. I’ve moved into that pensive, reflective mode; everything I do here may be “the last […]

Tags: , Practice makes better, reflecting, transition

Filed under:Christianity, Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted April 23rd, 2008 by E. Goodman

It is comforting and empowering to know for sure that you’re doing what you need to be doing. The big decisions are a lot simpler when you’re sure of the parameters. You rest easier in the face of troubles because there are some things you just won’t question no matter what. So there’s something disquieting […]

Tags: Moving on, resigning, returning to the states

Filed under:Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted April 17th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’ve spent the last couple of days reading through my blog. I’m amazed at how much I’ve written about pretty much the same thing. There were times when thoughts and questions flowed and I posted frequently. There were other times where everything dried up and I hardly wrote anything at all. There were seasons where […]

Tags: , change, Evolution, learning, worldview

Filed under:Misunderstood, Personal, Reflections, Uncategorized Posted November 5th, 2007 by E. Goodman

As a missionary, I am tempted to lie on a regular basis. It may or may not surprise you to read that statement, but it’s true nonetheless. What’s more, I find the temptation strongest when I’m talking with a coworker, partner, or supporter. It all starts out innocently enough; someone asks, “How is your ministry […]

Filed under:Missions, Personal, Planting, Truth