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  

The Law: Legalism, Liberalism, or Liberty in Christ.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] Since we recently started a new podcast series on the Old Testament I thought it good to address a few questions concerning the law of the Old Testament. Scores of books have been written about this topic, so a blog seeking to limit itself to no more than one thousand three hundred words is merely scratching the surface. Yet I write in hopes that you will continue the

A Sinful Understanding of Sin

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] Repentance. This was how Jesus began and ended his earthly ministry (Matthew 3:2, Luke 24:47). It was His central message which revolved around a central theme, Christ came to “seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). At the heart of both his message and theme is a need to understand sin. Salvation is unintelligible without a common understanding of sin. What are we repenting of, if not