Sharing Jesus’ message or his love?

I was sitting in a hotel lounge in Johannesburg during a meeting for a mission trip I lead about this time last year. I had arranged for one of the local staff members, Karl, to come and talk about native African religions, and how to properly approach that topic with African people. He began his talk by asking this simple question: “Why did you come to South Africa?” After an awkward pause, someone said, “To share the love of Christ.” Karl quickly said, “No, you didn’t.”  Everyone looked at Karl as if he had broken the unwritten Christian rule, “Never … Continue reading Sharing Jesus’ message or his love?

The stories you won’t read about will matter the most.

I used to hate soccer.  I thought it was for Europeans who didn’t have the coordination to play American sports.  Then I lived in South Africa and was continually schooled by kids half my age who did things with a soccer ball with their feet that I can’t even do with my hands.  After a year there, my appreciation has grown for the game. I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard, but suffice it to say that I’m going to pay a bit more attention to the World Cup that starts this Friday. I’m even more interested because it is being … Continue reading The stories you won’t read about will matter the most.