Missions in Central Asia: An Interview

A year or so ago I stumbled upon a blog by A.W., a missionary in Central Asia. I have found his posts about the local culture and Christian missions fascinating and edifying, so I reached out to see if he’d be up for an interview. He graciously accepted!
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A Note on Jephthah

Remember Jephthah? In exchange for a victory against the Ammonites, he vowed to offer as a burnt offering whatever comes out of his house to meet him when he returns. That happened to be his daughter, whom he then offered up as a burnt offering.
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God's Wonderful Protection

I love coming across little comments in the bible that are mentioned seemingly in passing, but have huge implications. Like in Exodus 34: “Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.” (Exodus 34:21–24)
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You Are Priests

Sometimes, when reading the Old Testament, I imagine what it would be like to be a foreigner-turned-proselyte (what the ESV translates as “sojourner”) in Israel at that time, to put in my lot with the God of Israel. I’d be treated exactly like a native (Leviticus 24:22)!1 But with most of native Israel, I would not have close access to God. Only the priests were allowed to get close, and only the high priest at the heart of God’s presence once a year.
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Fit to Serve

The 200 lbs mark on the scale swooshed past sometime in my late teens. I don’t remember when. And I haven’t seen it since. Sure, weight isn’t such a great metric to gauge health, but for me that was mostly an excuse to not do anything about it. “I can outrun plenty of skinny people!”, I thought. And I could, especially in a sprint. But health isn’t a comparison game, and eventually bad habits catch up with you.
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Across Nations: Navajo Missions

Earlier this summer I asked Chuck and Cindy Harper to tell us a bit more about their ministry among the Navajo people, Across Nations. Chuck and Cindy are long-time friends of DSC (they’ve been around much longer than my family and me!) and trusted partners. Here’s the interview.
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Just Keep the Sabbath

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” That’s a high standard. Break only the slightest part of it (in this passage in James, the context is partiality), and you’re guilty of breaking it all. So I found it even more surprising that God was willing to let Judah off the hook if they just keep the Sabbath!
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How Yesterday's Choices Derail Today's Train

For a while, I was doing really well. I woke up at 4:30, made tea, and read my Bible. I prayed for the day. I prayed through our church directory and emailed the brothers and sisters with encouragement. I refreshed my memory verses and spend some time writing articles for this blog. And I was ready for work at 6:00. And then it all collapsed and all I could do on a good day was manage a quiet time.
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Evangelium21 German Interview

Earlier this year I had the honor of interviewing Ron Kubsch of the Evangelium21 network in Germany. It’s a network of churches that focuses on the Scriptures and Reformed theology. As a German, I am immensely encouraged by this! I was also blessed by Ron’s answers to my questions. Here is the original German interview. I am working on translating it into English and will publish the translation when it’s done, but I wanted to get the original out there to honor Ron and the time he spent on it.
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DSI Class on Sin

The Desert Springs Institute is our teaching and equipping ministry at DSC. Our current class is a Systematic Theology over two semesters. I taught this week’s session on the topic of sin; maybe it is helpful to you. Here’s the video, and here’s a link to the whole playlist so far.
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