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May
21

I Lived on Parker Ave – A Love Letter to Adoption & Life on Film

Most adoption stories are one sided. We may hear from the adoptive parents, their struggles to conceive, the frustrating untangling of red tape-laden adoption process, and the joy of meeting their son or daughter for the first time. There are stories that adopted children tell about themselves, their life with their adopted parents and how […]

May
21

What is the Shari’a?

Over the years I’ve done a great deal of teaching on Islam and Christianity. That recently resulted in the publication of my book Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity. But I note that there is one question that people almost always ask: what exactly is the shari’a? Where does it […]

May
21

StartHub Africa – Final Pitch Event

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, some of our UCU students participated in the StartHub Africa program for the last semester. The culmination of the program was the final pitch event in Kampala at International University of East Africa. Our day began at 6 am when we left UCU campus in a 14 […]

May
21

We are engaged in a great work…

“I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?” These words of Nehemiah, addressed to those who were opposing the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, have encouraged us more than once in our Kingdom work. The enemy is so determined to […]

May
18

God’s divine appointmens

Intensive training and formation in Aguascalientes, Mexico I just returned from Aguascalientes, Mexico where I teamed up once again with Peter Sholl of MOCLAM (Moore College Latin America) to teach an intensive course on the Pentateuch. The class was well attended with 7 students. I was expecting leaders from 2 of the area churches but […]

May
17

Now what?

In my previous blog entry I gave an abbreviated account of some of what I did during my seven-month assignment to the Solomon Islands.  I returned home to the USA three months ago and set about transitioning to the “next thing.”  As I transition, I thought it would be useful to readers of SAMS’ blog  […]

May
15

Poking Holes in Heavenly Places

I seem to be waking up quite a bit in the wee hours of the morning lately…and, when I do, I pray. The news here these days is filled with doom and gloom stories…murders, riots, strikes, corruption scandals, and the like…very little positive. One can almost feel the heaviness in the air. So, quite naturally, […]

May
14

What I did…

In August of 2017 I began a seven-month missionary assignment in the Solomon Islands.  At the time I had very little idea of what exactly it was that I would be doing.  I wrote a blog about that ambiguity before I left. I completed my assignment in late February and returned to the US.  As […]

May
14

Take Action – Churches and Pregnancy Centers

So your church supports the sacredness of Life. Your priest or pastor delivers a life-affirming sermon in January. Your church affirms abstinence before marriage and prays for Life. That’s great! But who in your church will a teenager in your congregation turn to when she discovers that she’s pregnant? What will the church’s response be […]

May
14

Blessed by Our Daily Bread

“Blessing, as the biblical writers conceive it, is a kind of ecological phenomenon; it connects God and the creatures in a complex of interlocking relationships,” writes biblical scholar Ellen Davis.[1] As Christians, we believe that our Triune Lord creates, redeems, and sustains all of Creation. We do not believe in a distant God who created in […]

May
14

StartHub Africa

One of the projects that the Entrepreneurship Faculty at UCU has been facilitating for interested students in all courses of study is StartHub Africa (fb.com/starthubafricaa). The StartHub course involved approximately 11 lecture sessions presenting material to help student entrepreneurs develop business plans and create businesses using tools like the “Business Model Canvas” shown below. The […]

May
14

The Unknown Soldier

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER On Anzac Day* in April 2018, the headstone of a previous “unknown” soldier was unveiled at the Commonwealth Cemetery.  His identity had been discovered and on this day his service was finally acknowledged and honoured.   How many saints serve tirelessly and anonymously without being seen of men but only of God?  […]

May
11

Are you growing in your passion for Jesus?

[embedded content] The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. John 3:35 As I was reading this verse, I began to think, “I love Jesus! I wonder what I could give to Jesus…” Of course, my next thought was, “What does Jesus need? What is it that He doesn’t have?” […]

May
10

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

[embedded content] 30-days promo 2018 from YWAM Organic on Vimeo. Join Millions of Christians Worldwide In Prayer May 15 – June 14, 2018 God has been at work in the Muslim world in an unprecedented way. Since the year 2000, 69 known movements to Jesus have emerged in Muslim people groups. This shift took place […]

May
10

Anglicans in Action – Abortion Healing Resources

Each week AFL posts an Anglicans in Action video, which gives practical suggestions, resources, and ideas for life-ministry. This week’s focus is on abortion healing resources. You can see all the Anglicans in Action videos on our YouTube Channel. We know and believe that God is the creator and sustainer of EVERY life. Because He […]

May
09

The Gospel Con Carne

John 21:9-17 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And […]

May
09

Welcome to the Neighborhood

On Saturday afternoon, Mary and I arrived home to UCU campus in Mukono after spending 2 nights near the airport in Entebbe. We were greeted by smiling faces and hugs from our neighbors and friends who came by to greet us. I have enjoyed getting to familiarize myself with the campus and had the opportunity […]

May
08

Teacher Appreciation Week

Picture a classroom. What do you envision? Are there desks arranged in neat rows? Is there a chalkboard or smart board on the front wall? Maybe you picture the students rushing down the hallways lined with lockers as they make their way from class to class. When we visualize a teacher we may think of […]

May
08

Dark Curses

I woke up just after midnight. When I have nights like this I pray…usually for our children and grandchildren, but often also for our ministry and the countries in which we serve. This morning, the Lord brought to mind something we witnessed about three years ago while visiting Louise’s sister. A Sangoma (traditional witchdoctor) dressed […]

May
07

Motherhood Calling – Honoring Mothers in a Conflicted Culture

I recently traveled to Florida for a number of events and meetings. While in the Orlando airport baggage claim, I happened to notice a rather strange box along the far side of the room. It was about the size of a rentable storage pod and had a door in the middle. After a few minutes […]