Integral Mission

The Integrated Life

June 8, 2018

Integration is so vital, but it is hindered by our tendency to compartmentalize the faith. Our educational and cultural training in the west teaches us to compartmentalize the different aspects of our lives. We divide up our educational spaces into different subjects, such as, math, biology, chemistry, history, English, and more. We put students in…

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Reframing our Self-Image

November 17, 2014

What is your image of who you are? What shapes your self-image? Our self-image often ends up being a bit skewed- one sided. I don’t know about you, but I often tend to focus on my sinfulness. And if we are honest, who in the human race is not a sinner? But, what we tend to forget is that as believers,…

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Avoiding the hole in holism

May 14, 2014

In his book, Change Across Cultures, Bruce Bradshaw writes: The Church’s outreach in the 19th and 20th centuries resulted in the planting of churches around the world. It was less successful, however, in transforming the societies in which people lived. Poverty, injustice, corruption, violence, and oppression continued unchecked in much of the world, despite the growth…

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How to talk about our faith with friends from other faiths

February 26, 2014

In thinking about talking about our faith it is helpful if we broaden the discussion and think about what God has actually called us to be and do. He sends us out to be His representatives. Jesus is our example of what it means to be God’s representative. He came as a whole individual and…

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Differing approaches to serving overseas

June 7, 2013

This is a wonderful time to have a global perspective. God’s people are serving all over the world: interacting with people and discovering their needs. As a result of this engagement the church has expanded what it does to respond these needs. Global service used to be perceived as “Bible focused” (such as Bible translation, church…

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