Category Archives: Israel

Greetings from Tel Aviv

We’re on day three of our trip to Israel. We’ve been working with two ministries who are forging a partnership to reach the diverse population of the young nation ( just short of 70 years) of Israel. Much of what we have done so far is learn about the unique challenges of sharing the gospel here. Two things are significant to me:

  • There needs to be a healthy community of believers for new Christians to come to. One of the characteristics of Israel is division and disunity among people. This is also true among churches.
  • Second, we need to explore ways to communicate the gospel apart from the historical distortions of it, such as the Crusades and Nazism. We need to help people discover, or better to rediscover, the joyful Jesus, the rabbi of the first century who declared liberty to the oppressed and healed the sick. (You may be interested in a post of a few years ago about this topic. Here is the link.)

Those are big picture issues that don’t have any easy resolutions. Other things that we have discussed are related to the way American churches might help churches in Israel better communicate the Gospel through ministry partnerships and collaborative efforts of different kinds.

6,906 Miles To Go

airplane photo
Photo by egmboeingpilot

We’re headed for Israel this week. Wow. We really didn’t see that coming, but here we go. Leavin’ on a jet plane. 

Why are we going? We’re not altogether certain about that. Our plan is to work with a ministry there that is rethinking its strategy and looking for ways to collaborate with congregations in the US. How our perspective might help in that remains to be seen. We tend to be less institutional and more organic or relational in our approach — we talk about “churches of the heart.” 

Please pray for us as we set off this Thursday. We may not fully understand this open door until we’ve walked through!