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Jesus is the Great “I AM”

When Moses first encountered God and was told to go and lead God’s people out of slavery, he asked God what he should say if the people asked who sent him.  God replied, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14). In John’s gospel, […]

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Biblical Holism

Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity. What practical value is there in knowing this? In the late 1960s a noted secular author and journalist, Arthur Koestler, coined the word “holon” which, like holism, comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning “whole.” A holon is simultaneously a whole and a […]

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The Gift of Life

This Christmas, we once again celebrate the gift of life in Christ. The Apostle John wrote, “In Him was life and the life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:4, NIV) While serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) several years ago I saw, for the first time, a time lapse photograph […]

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The Holiness of God

You know a tree by its fruit. This is an often repeated biblical principle. In Galatians 5:22, Paul writes: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control …”  The “fruit of the Spirit” is the fruit of God. The character of God, the holiness of God, […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Dream Continues

It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and powerfully described his dream for a more just and equal society. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream […]

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True things about God and us

The Apostle Paul says three true things about God in Ephesians 4:6, “… there is one God and Father of all who is over all, through all and in all.” In big theological words, God is transcendent (over all), sovereign (acts through all) and immanent (in all).  He re-affirms this in Romans 11:36, “From Him […]

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Back to School in Uganda

What does “back to school” look like in Burundi?

It’s that time of year again! The ads on television announce blue light specials for notebooks, pens and backpacks. Kids rouse from their late summer slumber to the terrifying prospect of book reports not yet started and essays not yet conceived. Moms and dads rush around in double time picking up last minute items that will […]

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Guns or butter to battle jihad in Africa?

Guns or butter: responding to jihadists in Africa

A cursory search of the major media giants (e.g., The New York Times and The Washington Post) over the past two days reveals an interesting array of articles on the growing might of jihadists in Africa, and the U.S. and international responses to that threat. The responses run the gamut from the use of U.S. […]

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