Category Archives: Missions

Advent Conspiracy 2011

Worship Fully // Spend Less //  Give More //  Love All

The question is what will you do?

3 Books I’m Going to Read this Fall

It’s no secret that I have an unusual obsession with books, especially books pertaining to church, church culture and student ministry. Being a loyal reader to Relevant Magazine I come across a multitude of books that I want to read, never really investing the time and effort into finding and reading those books.

However, as I think, pray and dream about the future of the local church I couldn’t help but make the attempt at securing three books I feel could be extremely interesting within the context of church culture. It’s possible that these books could could be a waste of time by regurgitating the same old trendy sort of  information. Just from reading the dust jacket I have a feeling that the guys that wrote these books are on to something. More so, they place the on the table the question of “as a church…where are we and we are we going?”

It would be hard to answer these questions thoroughly in one book, so I appreciate the effort of dividing up this concept into three books. Relevant Magazine advertises this idea with the clever word of “inspire” while linking each book to a social element often times missing from the church mix; Holistically, Relationally, and Missionally.

I know what you’re thinking…what are the names of these books?

HOLISTICALLY…

RELATIONALLY…

MISSIONALLY…

As I progress through each book, I’ll tender my thoughts and keep you updated. I would love for you to join me as I dissect the idea of the local church becoming more holistically, relationally, and missional in it’s approach to the Kingdom. Let me know if you’re reading these books and perhaps we can start a “trendy” online book club of sorts.

Simple Ministry…Simply Stated

This a great article for those who want to be radical in their faith, whereas living missionally is part of one’s DNA.

Spend Less…Give More…Love All

What are you going to do this year???

Do we care?

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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
– Mathew 25:35, 40

Our Wok-in starts tonight.  Our students will be challenged, disgusted, and tested.  I pray that in the midst of guitar hero, Halo and movies, they will walk away with a deeper concern for poverty not only in other countries but in the US as well.  My heart is convicted; what am I doing to help?  Do I even care?  Do my students even care?  It’s easy to think about these kind of issues every once an while without really do anything.  Tonight that all will change (hopefully)…this should be interesting.

What is a worldview?

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As I begin to piece together the idea of middle school students and their world views, I am bound to the understanding what is a world view. I feel that before I begin I must fully understand what this word means, it’s implications, and importance to Christ followers. I know that middle school students are capable of a world view, but what influences it, what helps mold it. What does scripture tells us about this concept? What lens do they see with?
I say all of this to ask YOU, what are your thoughts?

JH & CSM



The Refinery and CSM (Center for Student Missions) where to start…

Sunday Night:
We arrived at CSM Los Angeles sometime around 4pm. We unpacked, students were a little freaked about the living conditions, nevertheless; they were all excited. We met our city guide and headed to dinner which happened to be Thai. Students had fun eating new food and fellowship with each other.
Monday:
we prayer walked through MacArthur park. The park is a haven for drug use and other activities. We then headed to Grandview Retirement Hotel, where we played bingo with some old folks. It was funny to see them (the old folks) pick on each other, not to mention the fact that they love just hanging with us as we listened to their story.
We then moved on to our next work site which was rather interesting. We helped sort through some donations for a lady who ran a missions organization by herself. The place was unreal. Dirty, disarranged, rotting food, the smell…wow, words can not describe it. But, it was awesome to serve along-side of sister Luz. This woman’s passion for the LORD is unwavering.
Dinner was rather interesting. We had to gather items for dinner. We all had $1 for each of us. We ate good, things were cheap.
Tuesday:
Today we worked the in LA Mission. Very cool! We did some laundry, made posters and ates some really good food.
Later on, we worked at the Midnight Mission. They were rude, talked with filthy mouths, had not love in their hearts. They kicked out the homeless just as soon as they got their food. It was a really sad to see.
For dinner we ate at Cojutepeque, a Salvadorian restaurant. The food was good, but the portions were small. Not really something to scream about.
Wednesday:
This morning we woke up early, got some Pan Dulce and drove to Pershing square park. Students meet with the homeless there and shared breakfast with them. Students were crying, hearts were moved, and people where loved.
Read my next blog post for my thoughts on the trip.

Great Quote!!!

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.” C.S. Lewis. The man is beyond compare.

JH Missions Experience

Tomorrow afternoon I will be taking 10 middle school students into the heart of urban Los Angeles for four days of service. I have been thinking a lot about missions, mission work and general evangelism, and I have honestly come to the conclusion that I know nothing. This is a claim that has been pronounced by my mouth many times, and honestly I don’t know anything. After taking many classes on world evangelism and urban studies, I still seem to miss the point what we are called to do. Serving in LA is more than just filling a church requirement or creating a wonderful, growing experience; its about be Christ-like. This thought has infested my brain. What does it mean to be Christ-like? Hopefully I and our middle school students will return on Wednesday with a deeper meaning to this question…changed would be ideal.

What does it mean to be a Christian. I look around and find that people can provide any answer they choose as much as it corresponds to their selfish lifestyle. I look around and see apathy. Even in my own life. How are we to go down to LA, and feed the poor, wash some feet, and “pretend” to know what it means to service Christ by serving others, when only to return unchanged? (Please note: if you think the answer is simple to answer, you have not a clue. Start by reading the book of Matthew.)

Wow…time flys

I just realized that in a little over two weeks, I will be on a plane to Thailand. Craziness….how time flys!!!