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Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

Professor uses Dr. Seuss as a case study. There are a lot of books and articles that help prepare God’s people for working in other cultures. Most of the material provides insights into cultural difference and for understanding how to adapt to, interact with, and share the gospel with those from another culture. Show More Summary

Christian Books in Europe

I didn’t get to see any Christian books on display in Hungary or Austria, but in Germany and the Czech Republic we found numerous titles. Here’s a gallery of covers, and yes, I realize what follows may seem in contrast to the religious stats for the Czech Republic I shared yesterday. I offer no explanation […]

Parents Day

Parents Day! What is it? When is it? When did it start? I share a brief blog post about Parents Day. #ParentsDay The post Parents Day appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

A License to Sin

A License to Sin. A lot of people think that because they are under grace they can do as they please, a license to sin you can call it. As Christians do we have a license to sin and live the way we want or is that license to sin denied?...Show More Summary

A Place Where God Isn’t

First of all, let’s deal with the theological error in today’s title. No, there is no place where God is not present, but I’m sure there are many places in this world, beyond the ones that we explored, where it seems that way. Our last tour guide said something to the effect, “Most people here […]

Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map

Small town pastors are doing big things for God’s Kingdom. I recently introduced my daughter to the 2006 Pixar movie Cars. Sorry, if I’m ruining the movie for anyone, but it has been out since 2006, so tough. The movie follows a race car named Lightning McQueen who ends up stranded in a small town off Route 66 called Radiator Springs. Show More Summary

How God Sent His Word to An Iraqi Interpreter

I saw an American soldier reading his Bible, and I wanted to know more. I grew up in Iraq as the third oldest of eight siblings. My family was untraditional. My mom was Muslim, and my dad was Catholic. They didn’t force any religion on their children, in part because they didn’t take religion very seriously themselves. Show More Summary

God’s Big Eraser

God has a big eraser. A Big eraser to wipe that whiteboard clean of the sin. We must come to Him for the cleaning of our whiteboard and turn from our ways. The post God’s Big Eraser appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

‘To the Bone’ Is Big on Anorexia and Lean on Healing

The new Netflix film seems more aspirational than instructional. Here’s how you know when a movie is possibly a cliche: You ask your mom if she wants to watch it with you. She asks what it’s about. You say, “It’s a movie about anorexia.”...Show More Summary

-Are Roadside Crosses a Violation of Church and State?

We have all seen them- roadside crosses put up by friends and family as a memorial to  loved ones killed on the highway. Since they are in fact put on public land are they a violation of church and state? Members of the atheist organization- Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) believe so and have complained […]

Getting to Know People in a Godless Society

I like to talk. I don’t have a lot of hobbies, so I thrive on faith-focused conversations.  These usually take two forms. The first is conversations with those outside the faith. I’ve learned a few things over the years about theodicy, that branch of apologetics which attempts to explain the nuances of Christianity to outsiders. […]

The Rise of the Nons: Protestants Keep Ditching Denominations

Nondenominational identity has doubled in the US since 2000, Gallup finds. Ask an American Christian what type of church they belong to, and you’re more likely than ever to hear the label nondenominational. The proportion of Protestants...Show More Summary

Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Team to Help Wisconsin Flood Victims

Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Team to Help Wisconsin Flood Victims. Volunteers Join Organization to Bring Aid to Homeowners After Unprecedented Rainfall in Southern Wisconsin. #Wisconsin #WisconsinFloods #SamaritansPurse #DisasterRelief The...Show More Summary

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