June 2010

Learning through Interviews

  Photo on buzzle.com       With the remaining time I have left in Asia, I have been trying to squeeze in as my interviews as I can for my doctoral dissertation. I am trying to examine the importance of starting an international church with the alumni from our HMCC churches back in the States. It has been an interesting journey of discovery for me. I am so thankful for our alumni and the...

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Transitioning the Teams

  Photo by worldofstock.com       It has been great having the new Jakarta Team here in Indonesia. Even though we have been together for only a week, we have been able to bond quickly together. Recently, our team, along with the new team went away to a retreat center to pray together and prepare for the next chapter in our church. For the next two weeks, we will be transitioning the various responsibilities...

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Identity Theft Sermon Series

  Photo by HMCC of Jakarta Publications       I am excited to share our next Sunday Celebration sermon series called, “Identity Theft.” In the last 11 months, I have to come to the stark realization that one of the biggest issues for people in Indonesia is their struggle with their God-given identity. I think this struggle is prevalent in most Asian cultures. The dilemma with trying to address the identity issue is that...

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Reminders from the Fishing Story

  Photo on oceanchampions.org       This week, I re-read a portion of Max Lucado’s book, He Still Moves Stones: Everyone Needs a Miracle. It was a good reminder of several principles that I try to live by. Here is a excerpt from Lucado’s book: Most mornings Peter and his partners would sell their fish, repair their nets, and head home to rest with a bag of money and a feeling of satisfaction. This...

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Myths About Marriage

  Photo by nara.gov of the Gores, May 19th, 1970       In light of the shocking news of Al and Tipper Gore’s divorce, I was thinking, “how can a couple get a divorce after 40 years of marriage?!” In all news accounts and some personal testimonies from people who know the Gores well, they have mentioned that the Gores just “grew apart over the years.” No couple enters into a marriage thinking, “We...

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