Doing the work of the Ministry (Office Martyrdom)

Acts 6:1-5a, 8 “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,…And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the
people.” NASB

I guess you could say this is in some regards a follow up to some of my thoughts on how missions work can take on many forms.  (see previous post)

Do you ever hate your job? Ever feel like you’re wasting your time, and you’d almost rather die than spend one more hour at work?  Does it seem like you’re doing “grunt work”, rather than “real ministry”?  Yep…I sometimes feel like that too. I think we all do.

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Honestly… (a grumpy missionary gets real)

I’d like to start off with a question: what do you think of when you hear the word “missionary”?  Someone in strange clothing who likes strange food?  (Yak cheese pizza is yummy, by the way.  So is fried eel.)  A fearless church planter going against the odds?  Someone comforting a dying person in the slums?  A jeans-clad, music-loving book-aholic who spends most days in a classroom in the U.S.A.?  The barista at the local Starbucks?
The answer to all of the above could be yes.  I think it is so easy to have a narrow view of what a “missionary” looks like.  So the following is an honest musing of what life looks and feels like to me, depending on the day.

Free Form Friday #3-Hello, Goodbye

Welcome to the third edition of Free Form Friday!  Can you tell I like Fridays?  😉
So here’s what is “forming” in my head today.  Thoughts of hellos and goodbyes.  (Clever connection to the title, no?)  I love what I do, working with the School of the Bible.  I get to spend the better part of every year with the same group of students-teaching them, building relationships, watching them grow, crying, laughing, and having a lot of fun along the way.

A Few Thoughts on Missions (guest post by Josh Heyward)

(Today I’m featuring the first ever guest post on missionsmusings.com, written by Josh Heyward.  You can also check out his blog or look him up on twitter.  If you want to write a guest post for missionsmusings, here’s how.)    

Missions. Many different things come to mind with this one word—a straw hut overseas, a spring break mission trip, inner city ministry, caring for the poor, etc. The fact of the matter is that the word “missions” means something different to each individual.  Some relate very well to this term being that they are totally comfortable with being in an unfamiliar environment in order to serve other people, yet others run from the idea being that they fear being called to live in that straw hut overseas.  Whatever the case, each individual’s understanding is different.  I would, however like to discuss two key elements of missions to hopefully clear the muddy waters of such a diverse and crucial idea.

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Free Form Friday

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Welcome to the very first installment of Free Form Friday!

While I intend to keep this blog primarily focused on missions, and other topics as they intersect with it, I’ve decided to make Friday my “fun day.”  My “write whatever the heck I feel like writing” day.  I hope you enjoy it, and as always, feel free to leave comments on the randomness that is about to ensue.  😉

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Stolen Inspirations (Go!)

It’s Day 6 of the Writer’s Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to “steal” inspiration from the world around you-from other artists, quotes, song lyrics, etc. and use that as a springboard to your own creativity.  Challenge duly accepted.  Read on.  😉

“From the top of the world / to the bottom rung / ’til the work is done / I’m gonna send you.  From the ends of the earth / to the nearest gap / all over the map / I’m gonna send you.”  (From the song “Go” by the Newsboys)

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an avowed CCM junkie-I love Christian music in general, and the Newsboys have long been one of my favorite bands.  (Both as a band and various solo projects put out by current and former members.)  I’m the kind of girl who can (and often does) quote obscure lyrics at the drop of a hat, and will sing along with every single song at a concert.