It Is Time to Rethink Church Membership

On Sunday night a group of us were discussing the topic of church dropouts, and the question arose, “What is church membership?”

We did not come to any conclusions at the moment, especially since it was technically not the main topic of the hour. I mostly sat and listened without saying anything despite the fact that I have been thinking deeply and reading extensively about the topic for over a year. Read Full Post

ONE: Friday Night Concert in Ghana

Making Melody in Ghana Team

“We are fast approaching the singing from our students.”

I turned to Olivia who was directing the concert with me and said, “I don’t think ‘fast approaching’ is the best way to describe it.” We both laughed as we looked at the time on our phones. The concert had been scheduled for 7pm, and it was already almost¬†9pm, yet the choir had not yet sung a single song. Read Full Post

730 Days and Counting

“Please tell your church that we thank them for letting you come and minister to us.”

The Ghanaian man who translated for me as I preached thanked me profusely for coming to his church while the congregation nodded their heads in agreement. It meant so much to them that my church in Minnesota would share me with them for a Sunday, one-third of the way around the globe. Read Full Post

Ghana: Exceeded Expectations

Plop…plop…plop, plop…plop, plop, plop…

*Fwwooooooooooo!*

The rain started falling, slowly at first, but it quickly increased in magnitude as the wind also started to surge through the open windows.

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm…” Read Full Post

Travel Review: Museum of the Bible

“It’s new technology. There are only three of them in the world, and we have two of them,” the security guard said to me when I asked about the sci-fi-looking security scanners. Almost every time you enter a building in Washington D.C., you’re required to go through a security check, but none of them is as fancy as the ones you encounter when you walk through the doors of the Museum of the Bible. Read Full Post