missionaries

Of “Godly Suffering” and What That Means For Marriage
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Of “Godly Suffering” and What That Means For Marriage

Does God require our suffering? High-control, works-based Christianity says our faith is not legitimate if it’s not accompanied by struggle or drudgery.   Expressions like “the price of the anointing” “salvation is free, but the anointing is not”1 might not be familiar to all Christians, but those with evangelical/fundamentalist/conservative roots are super familiar.  The “God requires suffering to bring…

Shiny Happy People – An African American Perspective
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Shiny Happy People – An African American Perspective

I watched the first two episodes of Shiny Happy People documentary a few weeks ago. Shiny Happy People is a docu-series exploring the life of the Duggar family, of the popular TV show 19 Kids and Counting, and their connection to Bill Gothard and Institute in Basic Life Principles. The documentary reveals Bill Gothard and IBLP as a…

Can We Talk About the Idolization of Christian Missionaries?
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Can We Talk About the Idolization of Christian Missionaries?

Can we talk about the idolization of Christian missionaries in the Western world? How, in many Western cultures, those who leave for faraway lands to “preach the gospel” or start programs seen as heroes, the best representation of humanity? Can we talk about how in reality, just because someone picks up a noble-looking cause does…

Dear Missionaries, Let’s Skip the Savior Complex and Address Your Issues (Part 3)
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Dear Missionaries, Let’s Skip the Savior Complex and Address Your Issues (Part 3)

After my last two posts on missionaries white savior complex, I got emails from people defending missionary work. And I want to start by saying that it’s okay to have a different take on issues. However, I don’t believe we have any such privilege when our work and mindsets negatively affect people. But to be…

Dear Missionaries, Let’s Skip the Savior Complex and Address Your Issues (Part 2)
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Dear Missionaries, Let’s Skip the Savior Complex and Address Your Issues (Part 2)

I wrote about the need for change in how missionaries and missionary-sending organizations operate abroad. While most people agreed there was room for improvement, I got a sense some didn’t quite understand why change was needed. (The conversation first took place on Facebook before I shared my thoughts on the blog.) And so I thought it…