A Grain of Wheat: A Theology of Suffering

A Grain of Wheat: A Theology of Suffering

Editor’s note: The Sund family, Greg, Stephanie, and their three children first served in Kibuye, Burundi, through a nine-month internship beginning in Fall 2014. Greg was the only anesthesiologist/critical care physician on a team of medical missionaries at Kibuye Hope Hospital, which is a teaching hospital that serves a rural area of Burundi. The following was […]

By Gregory Sund on March 28, 2016

Easter Past, Present, and Future

Easter Past, Present, and Future

Editor’s note: The following is based on an Easter Reflection written by Bob for Serge staff and partners around the world. Easter Past What are your earliest memories of Easter? My earliest memory is wearing new, uncomfortable clothes that were promptly put away after the day passed. I grew up poor in a foster home […]

By Bob Osborne on March 27, 2016

Love and Betrayal: The Paradoxical Holy Week

Love and Betrayal: The Paradoxical Holy Week

As we journey through Holy Week, we remember the moments of sorrow and love intermingling. We see Jesus anointed in love and betrayed by greed. The drama of redemption calls out. Join me as we step into the story. Love, Worship, and Self-Righteousness In a remarkable act of beauty and worship, Jesus is anointed by […]

By Elizabeth Turnage on March 25, 2016

Hope in the Present Tense: Learning Not to Rush to Easter

Hope in the Present Tense: Learning Not to Rush to Easter

As we move from the orbit of Lent into the raw atmosphere of Holy Week, I have been contemplating the ways in which I continue to live as if I were still enslaved to sin. One of the great temptations in church planting is that those involved in it live too much in the future […]

By Oli Smith on March 22, 2016

Believing in God When There Is No Healing

Believing in God When There Is No Healing

One of my first patients when I began work in Burundi over two years ago was a little 4 year old girl named Jeanette. She was unable to walk due to severe joint pain and she needed a blood transfusion. We diagnosed her with sickle cell anemia. Near the end of that hospitalization she began […]

By Alyssa Pfister on March 17, 2016

The Imposter: When We Are Defined by the Opinions of Others

The Imposter: When We Are Defined by the Opinions of Others

Do you ever feel like you deserve special treatment? Someone to assure you that you are, in fact, going in the right direction with your life? To be brought “inside” the places where you feel peripheral? I’ve recently realized (again) how much value I place on the opinions of other people. I interpret how I […]

By Bethany Ferguson on March 15, 2016

Walking with Larry

Walking with Larry

For 12 years I could walk to and from work. I was a pastor. Work was about five blocks away. I walked along a busy two-lane road that was also a commuting corridor for the hospital.   One cold Autumn afternoon I was walking past red brick apartments located about two blocks from home. I […]

By Hunter Dockery on March 10, 2016

Why We Need to Remember the Hard Times

Why We Need to Remember the Hard Times

21 years ago, Josephine and I arrived in Jackson, Miss., to attend a conference with John Perkins and Voice of Calvary. We never made it to the conference. After arriving in town and checking into our hotel, we went looking for dinner. While stopped at a light, a drunk driver in a full-size van plowed into the back […]

By Chris Hatch on March 07, 2016

When Ministry Is Not What I Signed up for

When Ministry Is Not What I Signed up for

I remember when I hit a wall on a mission trip. I think it was the lettuce that did it. I’m not sure, but they probably washed the lettuce in the tap water I had been so diligently avoiding. The result? A sleepless night spent traipsing back and forth between the poorly ventilated room I […]

By Patric Knaak on March 03, 2016

I Want to Be Important Like the People in My Twitter Feed

I Want to Be Important Like the People in My Twitter Feed

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, […]

By Constance Smith on March 01, 2016