Belonging and Hope: Offered at the Neighborhood Secondhand Store

Belonging and Hope: Offered at the Neighborhood Secondhand Store

When Bob and Keren Heppe arrived in London as missionaries in 1994, they could not have foreseen what shape their eventual ministry would take, but they had some inklings. “Our team had the conviction that the church should present a gospel that not only offered salvation in terms of forgiveness and eternal life, but also […]

By Tim Hoiland on June 27, 2016

The Importance of Remembering: Only Looking Ahead Leaves You Behind

The Importance of Remembering: Only Looking Ahead Leaves You Behind

Isn’t it ironic? Despite the rise of technology and the unprecedented access to information that its given us (or maybe because of it), we’ve got a problem: we don’t know how to remember anymore. The other day, I accidentally locked myself, two new volunteers, and (most importantly) my iPhone out of the church office while we […]

By Cody Janicek on June 23, 2016

Jesus Welcomed Real Sinners. Do We?

Jesus Welcomed Real Sinners. Do We?

In a very real sense, the work of Jesus is complete. When it comes to our standing as beloved, forgiven, delighted-in sons and daughters of God, “It is finished,” just as he said. His sinless life secured for us a new and irrevocable status—holy and blameless in God’s sight. His death fulfilled the requirements of […]

By Scott Sauls on June 21, 2016

10 Tips for Good Goodbyes

10 Tips for Good Goodbyes

The frenzy of spring is in the air. Plants are pushing pollen, bees are swarming the cherry blossoms, kickball and soccer leagues have started up in the park, and for those of us in school, Spring Fever has struck us right at crunch time. In the midst of this frenzy, I am also starting to realize […]

By R.J. March on June 13, 2016

7 Ways to Care for Your Missionaries When They Are on "Furlough"

7 Ways to Care for Your Missionaries When They Are on "Furlough"

In our years of sending missionaries through Serge, we’ve rejoiced as we’ve observed the irreplaceable role of the missionary’s sending church. Both sending and supporting churches love their missionaries. Many of them do a great job of caring for those they send. We’re often asked, “What can we do to really go above and beyond […]

By Lindsay Kimball on June 12, 2016

“But Do You Still Want to Go?”

“But Do You Still Want to Go?”

She looked at me with her sweet blue eyes and asked this question, “But do you still want to go?” The question surprised me in the moment, and yet I understand why she asked the question. My little sister was seeing me off at the airport and I had tears shamelessly flowing down my cheeks. […]

By Laura Stewart on June 10, 2016

To Acknowledge Gratitude: Report on the Serge Mission-Wide Conference

To Acknowledge Gratitude: Report on the Serge Mission-Wide Conference

We just wrapped up the Serge Mission-Wide Conference. It happens once every three years. All of the staff from around the world come together. This time it was in Spain, chosen for its centrality and affordability. Staff came from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. There were more than 500 people there all […]

By Eileen O'Gorman on June 10, 2016

Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of Pastors

Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of Pastors

His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God. (2 Chronicles 26:15-16) In the past year, five of my friends who are pastors have lost their ministries because of moral failure. Five. […]

By Scott Sauls on June 07, 2016

A Story Our Kids Need to Hear

A Story Our Kids Need to Hear

One of the most specific instructions the Bible gives parents about teaching their children is also one of the most neglected. My family and I are spending some time in London. One place we’ve visited here is Westminster Abbey—a good place for a walk through history. The old cathedral is filled with markers that point to […]

By Jack Klumpenhower on June 03, 2016