Prepare for the End

medicalAlthough the daily news is undoubtedly grim, some positive things are coming out of the collective shared experiences we’re all going through. Families are being forced to slow down and spend time together. People are reevaluating priorities and looking at how busy their lives were prior to this lifestyle shift. One of the positive things occurring for many people around the world is a new appreciation of how short this life really is. Online estate and will planning websites have seen enormous growth in traffic in the last 30 days. People are “getting their affairs in order.” Continue reading

Some People are More Equal Than Others

richObviously, the last few weeks have been new and scary for everyone. The lock-downs, the businesses closing, and the quarantining are where everyone is focused (from a safe distance). One of the countless reactions has been anger at all of the celebrities and professional athletes that could get tested for COVID-19 while so many others couldn’t. They’re connected and have the resources most of us can only look at from afar. We sit and imagine what it would be like to live like them. They are the powerful 1% everyone talks about. While you might not think about it, if you’re reading this, you’re probably in the 1%. Continue reading

How To Respond to a Canceled Mission Trip

givingI’ve spent much of my adult life promoting short-term missions. Understandably, for the foreseeable future, short-term missions around the world are on hold. This does not mean the needs have ended, now more than ever, churches need to step up and serve. Continue reading

“Thank God for the Coronavirus.”

coffeeshopOK, clickbait title, but I really believe that this is the action we should be taking. It’s biblical, and it should be done. The world is panicking right now. We are not of this world. We are instructed to give thanks in ALL things, not just the things we understand. Our Father in heaven knows what’s going on; we should probably trust Him. Continue reading

“We’re All Going To Die!”

couchIt’s been an interesting few weeks as the world has been panicking over the coronavirus. Although it’s tragic many people have become ill, and people have died; the reaction has been more than a little crazy. Financial markets have crashed, cities are shut down, lives have been turned upside down. The thing is, we’re all going to die anyway, it’s just a matter of dates. We all have an expiration date; we all wind up in a box. Why the terrified reaction to this one, extremely rare, risk? Continue reading

American Exceptionalism and Mission Trips

sunset-flag-america-fieldsAfter living outside the US for a while, I thought I had the whole “America is better” thing sorted out. I was wrong. It’s one thing to realize that America doesn’t have it all figured out, it becomes very real when you travel to other countries. When you carefully observe your surroundings while traveling, you realize that America doesn’t have all the answers. It’s healthy to experience this. Humility is good. Continue reading

Random Thoughts on Fundraising

moneyManaging fundraising for an organization can be challenging at best. One of the first questions we get asked by anyone running an orphanage, food bank, or any other ministry is, “How do you fund it?” This rambling article is not a request for funds. This is meant as an encouragement to give intentionally, give wisely, and give in a way that honors everyone involved. Here are a few random observations on fundraising. Continue reading