Why Obstacles Matter

Chris Horst, one of the authors of Mission Drift, has some good thought in his Monthly Musings this month, about how challenges, and struggling/working to overcome them, are important to our growth and development. Isn’t this also


what poverty taught me about wealth

A great reminder while I’m sitting on the carpet (ok taking a break this moment) listening (because I’m mostly writing rather than watching) to Secret Church – Old Testament Survey.

Becoming Anyole

Last year on the World Race, I didn’t spend very much money personal money on a day-to-day basis. Occasionally I would splurge – on new running shoes or a trip to the Great Wall – but on average I spent less than $100 a month. The main reason for this is because I went a year without an income. But also, I lived among the population of the world that lives on only $1 or $2 aday.

Living in poverty, even by choice, will change your spending habits pretty quickly.

Though I now have an income, I’m still hyper-aware of how I spend my money. I might even be more attentive, because there’s more money in my account and it’s easier to lose track when you’re just swiping a card instead of carrying around a bunch of bills and coins (that are different in value and shape from last month’s currency).

These days…

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Claiborne and Greer talk “The Good Samaritan”

So I came upon this CNN blog post through a link from Is God a Communist or a Capitalist?

Apparently Shane Claiborne (author of The Irresistible Revolution, which I wrote about the other day, and co-founder of The Simple Way) and Peter Greer (president of HOPE International and author of Mission Drift) had a discussion at an AEI event about “the  Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan and the problem of providing immediate relief for compounding and overwhelming needs but still being able to make the transition to sustainable development.”

I love what Peter Greer says (and his sense of humour here) at the start of the highlight video:

What would it look like if the parable of the Good Samaritan were were happening today in Washington DC?

Uncomfortably disturbed

So today marks three years since I landed in this country as a legal residentalien. I had remembered yesterday, but completely forgot today, until now.

What is on my mind? That I’ll be returning home in a few months? Sure. But right now it’s more on what I’m reading – The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne.

If you can get your hands on a copy, I encourage you to do so. But be warned, you will be challenged, if you read it with your mind open. Aside from the Bible, few books have