December 2015

News

Nepal: the fastest-growing church on earth

Kathmandu is a dusty, traffic-choked, pot-holed city of 8 million, located 13.6 miles from the epicenter of the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal last April. The surrounding Himalayan foothills, dust and exhaust...

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Bethelem

The hopes and fears of all the years

This year I'm trying to view Christmas from a more global perspective. This has brought me to Bethlehem. That tiny little town where Jesus was born is today at the center of the complex interweave of cultures, religions and ethnicities that we...

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Christmas overseas

A chocolate log Christmas overseas

As a missionary, Christmas can be a season that summons our most intense feelings of homesickness. You become more aware that you are far from friends and family. Missing those family gatherings and celebrations can bring a sense of isolation and...

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New books from Converge authors (Winter 2016)

Subterranean, by Dan White Jr.

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Dan and Tina Gibbs

A rural Nigerian Christmas

This year will be the first year we will not be celebrating Christmas with our church family, family and friends. We are in very rural Nigeria. There are no Caucasians for hundreds of miles. In our area, Dan and me are the only...

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generosity

The grace of giving

“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Cor. 8:7).

A few years ago I ran across...

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Starbucks Red Cups

Red cups, refugees and our rage (Part 2)

More and more, we are quick to dial up an “11” on our outrage dial. Red cups, refugees and the most recent mass shooting in California—there’s a growing amount of polarizing, loaded issues filling up news headlines and social media feeds.

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Starbucks Red Cups

Red cups, refugees and our rage (Part 1)

We were outraged at those baby-Jesus-hating Starbucks red cups: Just another attempt to take Christ out of Christmas! Tell ’em your name is “Merry Christmas” so they have to write it on there!

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Converge: A blended family

Converge: A blended family

It has been said that denominations, church movements and churches are like families, but in reality they are more like blended families.

Today blended families now make up more than half the families in America. It is very rare today for...

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