Expat to Expat Diaspora Missiology

She was dressed in her traditional hijab; the thin blue veil covered everything except for her eyes. I noticed that she was with a group of women who were walking towards the exit of a local Wal-Mart. It just so happened that as this group of Muslim women was exiting, an Indian couple was entering. They were middle-aged and obviously not locals. She wore a sari and he a sarong.

Great Eternal Light

That ancient darkness, shrouded in God’s light, Now flees my heart, and makes my sin my sight.   Then doeth the Son, with burning coal, command: “Flee my glory. Flee! Sin, thou shall not stand.”   In bearing light on man’s yet mortal frame Eternal Son doeth wayward sons reclaim.   Thou Great Light which not even sun doeth precede, Shall long forth shine after other rays recede.    

Redeemed

Sunbeams breaking dawn, Workers hasten on. Father chooses kid, Seller closes bid. Shofar waking land, Levite raises hand. Father clutches son, Temple deed is done. -Exodus 13:13-15

1 Corinthians: Judge Not 002

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we continue our study in 1 Corinthians as we look at chapter 6. All throughout the book Paul addresses judgement in and out of the church. Judgment is a thing to be avoided today, it is an often abused topic today, even in the church. What does 1 Corinthians teach us about judgment and the church? Resources: Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way

1 Corinthians: Marriage & Singleness 003

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1_Corinthians-_Marriage_and_Singleness3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we look at 1 Corinthians 7 as we discuss the topics, Marriage and Singleness.  What is a Biblical understanding of marriage and divorce?  How should we think of singleness?  How can both the married and the single honor Christ in life God has assigned them? Resources: Not Yet Married:The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating, Marshall Segal The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design

Silence

Silence is a lonely sound Though louder than one might think In crowded bars I try to drown its scream as it waits for me at the bottom of my drink.   Silence greets me at my gate. He turns the lock, lets me in. He crushes me with unceasing weight upon my chest. As I plea for relief he stares his toothless grin.   And I am alone…again  

Ask an…athlete!

Last week we heard from Wesley and Chloe on homeschooling in Beijing. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This week Pedro will be sharing on being an athlete in China. So Pedro, when did you first aspire to be an athlete? Tell us about your career up until this point. It started when I was 17 years old when I left my home to pursue my

Bonus Episode: The Embassy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/The_Embassy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week we host a live recording of The Embassy as they discuss their recent series through the Gospel of John. Join us in the conversation as we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of going through a book of the Bible expositorily . The Embassy is the Young Adults Ministry at BICF City Church.  You can join them every Thursday at 7:15pm at the

1 Corinthians: Leadership in the Church 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe begin our series on 1 Corinthians.  Today we look at the first four chapters.  How should congregants view leaders in the church? How should leaders view their role? How does a misunderstanding of church leadership lead to dysfunction in the church? Additional Resources: Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird The Cross

Ask a… homeschooler!

Last week, Kelu shared about her experiences repatriating to China after living in the U.S. If you missed that post, you can read it here. This week we have not one, but two awesome teenagers sharing with us about their experiences homeschooling in Beijing. Joining us today are Wesley and Chloe! So guys, just how long have you been homeschooling? Chloe: I started last year in the middle of my