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The power of story

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Common themes reduce cultural distance

Effective stories can result from simply spotting familiar themes in unfamiliar cultures. For a Seed Company-engaged project in Guatemala, Bible translators provided quick, personal stories about Scripture-related conversations with friends. Here’s one: One day, Jakalteko translator Josefa was talking with … Continue reading

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Civilization and graphic design

    This graphic represents not only one of my favorite quotes, but also what you can create in five minutes on a website called canva.com. It’s kind of a layman’s substitute for PhotoShop and InDesign. Not nearly as versatile … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Mission

Quick: What’s the goal in any story we write about ministry? Show readers what God is doing in a particular place? Further the mission of Bible translation? Further the Great Commission? Engage people? Inspire more prayer and funding for a … Continue reading

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Wonder in a Butterfly’s Wings

This is a blue morpho butterfly, native to Central and South America. My wife and I spent part of Saturday at Texas Discovery Gardens, next to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The gardens’ featured attraction is the two-story Butterfly House and … Continue reading

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Glimpses of home

Christmastime brings a great reminder of one of the most impactful story elements: surprise. C.S. Lewis loved the term sehnsucht. The German word has no English equivalent. Roughly, it means a longing “to find the place where all beauty came from.” … Continue reading

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WWHTD? How churches can produce more world Christians

Famed 19th-century missionary Hudson Taylor suggested a four-part process for engaging congregations in missions. 1. Missions are preached every Sunday; 2. Every person in the church knows his/her personal responsibility to support the work of missionaries; 3. Missionaries must give … Continue reading

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