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Opening Doors with Orality

In Lansing, Mich., a group of us were learning how to survey communities to understand lostness. As we walked through our assigned neighborhood, my partner and I met an 18 year-old carrying two huge bags of disposable diapers. We stopped and asked how we could pray for him. He said he was really scared to … Continue reading

Science Fiction is Good for You

George Lucas’ Star Wars, Episode VII movie (Disney) has set record sales. You probably saw the movie. The Snowden men all gathered over Christmas and saw it. And it certainly got me wondering if science fiction does more than entertain. A research project published in Science refuted thinking that literary fiction was a waste of … Continue reading

Experiencing Joy

Experiences bring more joy than things you own. Family vacations, mission trips, Christian concerts, and, yes, lively discussion in a Bible study over time become more precious than things you own. My wife and I tackled a major downsizing this past month. We conducted an estate sale and jettisoned sofas, a bedroom suit, at least four entire shelves of … Continue reading

Multiply Your Self, Multiply Your Church

A contrast in missionary work was recently brought to my attention. A missionary-sending group we’ll call Agency A in one year trained their 4,000 missionaries who trained another 21,000 workers who went out and began 14,000 churches. In other words, 4,000 got 14,000 churches started. In the same year with roughly the same number of … Continue reading

Learning from a Famous Revival

When Jim Breeden, a missions leader in St. Louis, gave me a copy of the newly reprinted book Indonesian Revival, by the late Avery Willis, I wasn’t expecting much. But Jim handed me a real gift. Indonesian Revival documented a people movement that occurred in 1966-68 in which two million Javanese came to faith in … Continue reading

Racing Without Braces

How quickly can your Bible Storying group reproduce itself? Are there any barriers to multiplication? Are you willing to ruthlessly address them for the sake of the gospel? A little boy once won a footrace in a West African village. What was so special is that he had contracted polio the year before when his … Continue reading

Mad Scientist or Disciplemaker?

Why are you spending your time with oral learners? Any answer other than “making disciples” gets a foghorn instead of a crisp ting. Foghorns: It’s my job as a small group leader, isn’t it? We just love spending time together, sharing concerns, and loving on each other. And, of course, we manage to tell a … Continue reading