Vision

Church Membership

  Photo by US News       Peter L. Berger in his book, The Noise of Solemn Assemblies writes,      “There is a continuum of values between the churches and the general community. What distinguishes the handling of these values in the churches is mainly the heavier dosage of religious vocabulary involved… Another way of putting this is to say that the churches operate with secular values while the secular institutions are permeated with religious...

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One Desire Fast 2010

  Photo by HMCC Publication Team       Today is the start of the One Desire Fast. As we enter into this 2-week period of fasting and prayer, I am expecting great things from God. It is exciting to see many churches around the world committing an extended period of time throughout this first month of 2010 to fasting and prayer. There are other networks and organizations that are bringing people together for the...

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Church on the Move

  Photo from Photobucket       I was recently reading a quote from Lesslie Newbigin’s book, The Household of God. Newbigin writes, “The Church is the pilgrim people of God. It is on the move – hastening to the ends of the earth to beseech all men to be reconciled to God, and hastening to the end of time to meet its Lord, who will gather all into one. Therefore, the nature of the...

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Big Dreams, A Big God

  Photo from indiainfo       I was thinking the other day that it must be an exhilarating feeling when you know that you are the first one to do something that no one else in the world has ever done. On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Someone once asked Hillary, just four months before he passed away, “Out of all the...

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Internationals Making a Difference

  One of the fascinating things that I have been discovering over the years is that there are many international students who come to the States to study. By pastoring on a college campus, I have seen many international students who represent many nations come to the States and then return to their country. In fact, at one point at the University of Michigan we had close to 122 nations represented. Wow… that is a...

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Alumni Rippling Out the Vision

  I have been so encouraged by many of our alumni in recent years, especially the international ones. Whenever I travel around the world and make some stops in Asia, it is always a blessing to reconnect with them in their “home turf.” In many ways, it brings a sense of fulfillment for me to see the alumni living out the vision and mission of HMCC in their home countries. In fact, recently, one of...

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20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

  AP Photo by Jeff Widener       This picture will be forever etched in people’s minds. It was a powerful statement made by an unknown person, who stood up against the tanks that rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing to dismantle the pro-democracy gatherings. Tiananmen Square was known as the epicenter of the student-led movement back in 1989. Twenty years ago on June 4th, the Chinese military came in and crushed the revolution...

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40 Days and Counting

        It is hard to believe that our departure date for Jakarta is approaching so quickly – July 7th, 2009. It just seems like yesterday that Christina and I were praying about whether to take this step of faith to plant our first international church. Things have moved along so quickly within the past 9 months. We have taken steps to prepare our family and the team as best as we can...

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