How to Encourage a Missionary this Christmas

How to Encourage a Missionary this Christmas

Blog, Missions
For many of us, Christmas can be a time of joy and excitement as well as a time of stress and sorrow. For me, the joy of celebrating Jesus’ birth, the joys of seeing my kids’ excitement, and the pleasure of finding gifts of others is mixed with the stress of additional activities, shopping, and trying to keep Jesus at the center. For some, Christmas brings the joy of being around family, for others, sorrow at the memories of a loved one who has passed away or sorrow at not having a family to spend it with. For many of us, Christmas is a mix of emotions. Missionaries serving overseas experience these same mixed emotions but often in unique ways because many are far from their homes, family, and friends.…
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5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

5 Reasons to Start Your Religious Quest with Christianity

Apologetics, Blog
My guess is you’re reading this because you’re interested in spiritual matters. While much of the website is written to encourage Christians, I know that some of you visiting the site are not Christians. If you are a “spiritual” person and are seeking to better understand world religions, then this post if for you. The following are five reasons why a thoughtful person seeking religious truth should start with Christianity. I originally heard these five reasons in an apologetics lecture by Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola University. Those interested in exploring these more should check out one of his lectures (start around 14:15) or read his apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings. And now the five reasons: 1)      Christianity is testable. Christianity is the only religion that is objectively testable. It…
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Growing Your Children’s Prayer Life

Growing Your Children’s Prayer Life

Blog, Kids
Like most Christian families, we want to instill in our kids the importance of prayer. Prayer is our open line of communication directly to God. Through prayer we can pour out our heart to God, lift up others before him, and intercede for other people and situations. Not only does God hear our prayers but he loves to hear them and somehow incorporates our prayers into his work around the world. We are also trying to teach our kids that they can talk with God any time they want. Not just at bed time or at dinner but they can pray about anything at any time and know that God is listening. This is a lot for a small child to understand, it can be a lot for adults to…
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Purposeful Language Learning

Purposeful Language Learning

Blog, Missions
Missionaries preparing to work in another country often have to learn a new language. Speaking the language of the country where they live and work is important for practical reasons like taking care of daily living but it is also important for building friendships with neighbors and ultimately being able to share the Good News about Jesus in a language people can understand.   One of the most amazing developments of the last century is the incredible pace and diversity of global migration. The nations are now on our doorstep as this process of global migration has brought people from all over the world to the United States. All Americans now have the privilege of befriending people from other countries which can be a great incentive and opportunity to study…
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4 Awesome Apologetics Apps

4 Awesome Apologetics Apps

Apologetics, Blog
It can be easy to spend a lot of time on our phones and I’m not going to wade into that debate here. While there are a lot of apps that are time wasters, there are also some good apps that can build your faith. I wanted to mention a few great apps you may not know about, they are all about apologetics. In its basic sense, apologetics simply means making a defense. Christian apologetics is defending or making a case for the truth of our beliefs. We can also think of Christian apologetics as a ministry, that of caring for people by answering their honest questions about and objections to Christianity. I know some of you just read that and are ready to close the browser window, but hang…
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9 Easy Ways to Grow Your Child’s Interest in Missions

9 Easy Ways to Grow Your Child’s Interest in Missions

Blog, Kids, Missions
As parents, we want our kids to learn about the world, be exposed to other cultures and build cross-cultural friendships. It's healthy for our kids to appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures and countries as well as to build a greater appreciation of our own country. Christian parents have an even bigger job on top of this: nurturing in our kids a love for others and a desire to see people from all over the world follow Jesus. This is a big job and it can be difficult to know how to start but helping your kids grow their interest and love for the nations can be fun. Your children’s natural curiosity should be an encouragement and you just might find your own interest growing alongside theirs. Below are nine…
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Get in the Game: Giving Your All for God’s Kingdom

Get in the Game: Giving Your All for God’s Kingdom

Blog, Encouragement
I love watching the Olympics and every time they come around I find myself getting sucked into the excitement and the pageantry. Sports that I couldn’t have cared less about for four years are suddenly exciting and I could sit spellbound, critiquing relay hand-offs or figure skating routines. Part of the excitement is that there is national pride on the line and, if you are like me, you feel the thrill of excitement and victory when one of your country’s runners, swimmers, or other athletes wins the gold. Part of the thrill is that we feel in some way that we ourselves have won through the athletic feats of those who represent our country. All citizens can share in the victor’s glory or the agony of defeat. As exciting as…
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What is a Worldview?

What is a Worldview?

Blog, Worldview
Since this site is called Radical Worldview, it seems best to start with an explanation of what a worldview is! The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes a worldview as “a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint”.  In other words, a worldview is made up of the beliefs or philosophy that shapes how we understand life and the world around us. Now you might be thinking “Whoa! I don’t really have a worldview!” But actually, you do. Everyone has a worldview whether they recognize it as such or not. Think about how you would answer some of the following questions. Does God exist? If God exists, what is God like? Where did the universe and the world come from? What is a “human” and how did humans…
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