Guest Posts

Setting Expectations for Short-term Mission Trips

Setting Expectations for Short-term Mission Trips

Sometimes well-intentioned short-term mission trips end in unintentional disaster. Certain hardships can be avoided with a measure of planning. Other times, we create our own problems when we cling to unrealistic expectations. In this guest post, Terry L. Brown shares a practical checklist and some lessons in expectations to prepare for short term missions.

Rethinking Our Perspective: When the Marginalized Move to the Center

Rethinking Our Perspective: When the Marginalized Move to the Center

It's easy in missions to lean into our own strengths to try to get the job done. This simply makes sense, but sometimes God would use unexpected means to advance his kingdom. In this guest article Josh Baylor considers his situation and the refugees in Germany, thinking about God's tendency to use the marginalized and implications for how we must trust Him.

It's Not All About War: Balancing Our Kingdom Rhetoric

It's Not All About War: Balancing Our Kingdom Rhetoric

Missionaries are soldiers for their king in a grand war to expand God's kingdom. Right? Where does this one-sided language leave us when the field doesn't turn out quite so epic? Jonathan Trotter meditates on a balanced view of Scriptural language and how this affects where we turn in times of need.

Do You Take The Great Commission Personally?

Do You Take The Great Commission Personally?

What do a bunch of no-name men and women have to do with the spread of the gospel and making disciples of Christ? No-name Christians are, in fact, the intended instruments of the Spirit. Guest contributor Grayson Pope traces out where the responsibility for the Great Commission lands in Scripture. 

The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups, Part Three

The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups, Part Three

Isn't Paul the supreme example of a missionary focused on the most unreached? Isn't he the one God wants us to emulate? Perhaps not. In the second half of his essay, guest contributor Josh Baylor continues to explore God's posture toward all people everywhere, not merely the unreached.

Overcoming the Distance: Crossing Barriers to the Gospel

Overcoming the Distance: Crossing Barriers to the Gospel

Participating in God's mission obviously requires crossing distance--but it may not be the kind of distance we expect. Guest contributor Ernest Goodman gives a brief overview of the various boundaries we must overcome for the sake of communicating the gospel.