17 November 2014

Week Recommendations #31

Making Missions an Idol
Here's an article that doesn't hold back the punches. Churches and missionaries themselves have put overseas missions on a pedestal for too long. Here are some sharp words cutting out the damage and distance created by this false perception of Christian work abroad.

The Idolatry of Missions by Jonathan Trotter at A Life Overseas

Blessing Those on Furlough
As he says in this article, one of the most complicated things for a family on furlough to hear is "Let me know how I can help." (It's also hard for moms to hear this because who knows if it's meant to be polite or really an offer. Then there are all the ways--how can we choose one that will fit this person/family?) That's why this article is awesome. It gives 20 practical ways to help a furlough family. Every one of them is right on.

Just remember that they may be saints (children of God), but so are you. Bless them, but do not idolize them (see previous recommendation/link).

20 Ways to Refresh the Hearts of Missionary Saints on Furlough by Jason Carter at The Gospel Coalition

Printable Reminder for Moms
Straight from Lisa-Jo Baker, here is an outstanding printable that yells encouragement through the loud fog of early childhood households.

Humans being Humane
This is a feel-good scroll-through. We may label the world meanhearted (and of course we are all depraved), but there is kindness still.

Acts of Random Kindness at Pass It Down

Simple Family Travel
This week, I ran across two blogs that I enjoyed browsing. They are dedicated to travel, simplicity, and purpose. The Art of Simple Travel is written by Tsh Oxenrider, the author of Organized Simplicity and Notes from a Blue Bike. She is blogging about her family's (current) adventures around the world. They are in Thailand this week. 

The second is Bambini Travel. Unlike the worldwide focus (although she definitely has a global perspective), this blog looks at how we can still explore without leaving the country. She advocates cross-cultural experiences as well as home-cultural learning. It's a good reminder to embrace the here and now, the beauty close by and far away.

Here, At Home
Regarding reading, there are books that are worth your time and there are those that waste it. Not all books are of equal caliber, so don't pick them up randomly! If you're looking for something fictional that will show you natural cultural collision and also the true dedication and humility needed to see past prejudices, I recommend four novels.


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