August 22, 2017

We were all pretty disappointed.  Soon our disappointment grew into feelings of disbelief and then anger. The houses we were walking through last week, owned by a prominent institution in the city, were in really rough shape--sewage leaking in the basement rough;...

June 10, 2017

The Community Building in Walthill on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska was quickly filling with youngsters coming for something fun to do during the hot summer days between the last and first day of school.  Close to a dozen white Americans and Canadians were happily-...

May 9, 2017

**For the last several weeks I have been exploring how the idea of growing zones in Permaculture farming could help us reimagine the way in which we participate in the mission of God. I introduced the metaphor in Part 1.  In Part 2 I talked about Zone 0; in Part 3...

March 29, 2017

**Can the organic farming practice of Permaculture design serve as a metaphor for mission?  In this blog series I am exploring how growing zones, a basic principle of Permaculture that I introduced in part 1, could impact the way we think and practi...

March 16, 2017

In my first blog in this series I introduced the idea that Permaculture farming offers us a helpful metaphor when thinking about Christian mission. One of the guiding principles of Permaculture is to plant the things that require the most tending closer to your home an...

March 6, 2017

A few months ago I was talking with my friend Jonathan Dodd ( about farming and mission.  Something that I've long believed about Christian missions is that, by and large, the Church has it backwards.  Mission is something we do "over there" while we tend to...

January 24, 2017

Seven years ago our family was in transition.  We sensed God calling us to follow Him into His mission in a new way for a way that our hearts had longed to experience for several years. But we didn't really have a language, paradigm or structure for this longin...

December 9, 2016

* Note* This post was originally published on November 10 at Purcells In Omaha.

I am a missionary and missiologist so I’m always thinking about how people experience Jesus and Christians in light of what is happening in the world.  This election cycle has given me much...

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