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Lent 2014

Lent

Blogging, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn have become a consistent part of my daily life.  These different technologies have brought the ideas, personalities, and lives of so many people into my world in new and sometimes amazing ways. For that I am super grateful.

However, in an all out effort to get some things in perspective again and reorient myself to what matters – to get my loves back in proper focus – I am fasting Blogging, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for Lent.

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Today’s missionary…

If a missiologist is someone who studies and is trained in the science of missions, I’m not one. But if missiology is accomplished at the intersection of gospel, culture, and the church, I have a multi-use, work/life residence on the northwest corner. For almost thirty years I have been deeply embedded in the triumvirate of the gospel, culture, and the church.

When some people hear or see the word ‘missionary,’ a few images come to mind: long skirts, matching button downs, and maybe a pilot or two (I have a son that is a pilot — of course I’m proud). For some, the word may evoke feelings of cultural deconstruction and westernized theology and ideology. For others, it brings back heartfelt memories of old hymns and potlucks after church (I avoid potlucks, but that’s another story).

But what about today’s missionary? What do they look like?

That’s the best part! They look just like you and me. Like the mother of nine I shared lunch with last week who has given literally everything she has to keep her missions ambition alive; or the 20-something’s that are now debt-free and able to be dispatched by God to Africa or elsewhere.

Today’s missionaries come in all ages, sizes and shapes; executives, doctors, lawyers, tech geeks, bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, mommies, college grads, high school students, and adventurists. Sure, some may wear long skirts or collared shirts, others have tattoos and stories that would make your grandmother blush, but most share one thing – a heart for God and people. Jesus said, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father”. I say, “If you’ve seen a missionary, you’ve seen Jesus”. What really matters? Just as Jesus was one with the Father I believe today’s missionaries aspire to be one with Jesus.

While we may not walk the shoreline of Galilee, we can hang out at the intersection of missions, culture and church and become neighbors and friends with all kinds of people.

As we are vulnerable in our imperfections and bring Jesus front and center, we’ll see the the perceived image of a missionary change from an outer thing to a heart thing. And that would be a really good thing.