Israel 2016 – Part 4
March 9, 2016

More about the conference Christ at the Checkpoint 4, with its sub-title “The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism.”

The conference has a Manifesto of 12 points. Here are a few of them.

  • The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim their prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
  • There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equality and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
  • Any challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must not be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
  • Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue.
  • Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge the stereotyping of all faith forms, and we object to any faith that betrays God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.

There are presentations by 26 speakers. I will not try to mention or quote all of them!

I am hearing so many different perspectives, and I cannot say I understand all I hear, but clearly, the various speakers are seeking to deal honestly with the Scriptures; to understand the radical nature of Jesus’ teaching about the gospel of the kingdom of God; to present the realities of daily life for Palestinians, who live under occupation; to explore proper Christian responses to injustice and suffering; and to understand and respond to religious extremism in Islam and other faiths. And I affirm these approaches.

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Trip to Guatemala – Part 4
August 21, 2009

Did I mention that this is a two-week vacation? We arrived August 14 and will return August 27.

It is the first total vacation we have had in the past 14 months. By “total” vacation I mean that I left my laptop at home, informed my missions colleagues that I am not available for contact, and will not read or answer work emails until I get home. This is a refreshing change of pace.

I am able to compose these vacation blogs on Julio and Melanie’s computer.

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The Bigger Picture
November 26, 2008

Sometimes we get discouraged when we see how huge is the task of doing the work of the kingdom of God and how small our efforts are. The remedy for such discouragement is to look clearly at God’s larger purposes and see oursleves in light of those purposes.

This is what is expressed the statement that follows.

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Values Clarification
November 24, 2008

We live in a material world where some material things are necessary for life. But out culture has come to place such a high value on the things we wear, drive or own that we are often sidetracked from the things that matter most.

This quote from the journal of David Livingstone (1813-1873) challenges me to the core of my worldview:

I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.