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Last week I critiqued the modern problem of missions as a modernity problem, not a Christian problem per se. That is, I saw modern missions as one of the means Western people use to “modernize” the world, not that giving them wealth is the goal, but that we think joy and peace does not come …
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Love Will Win the Day

September 27th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Missions | Philosophy | Politics - (8 Comments)
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I am studying in a Canadian university right now. I love the deep conversations with PhD bound students in graduate seminars where we hash out concepts I’d never hear anywhere else. But intellectual pride is also something deeply troubling. It’s made me edgy on my seat lately. Many (not all) people in the department are …
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When Tragedy Becomes Opportunity

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Missions | Philosophy - (9 Comments)
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I. A recent post by Jamie the Very Worse missionary helped got me thinking more about the problems that we see in misisons. It’s no secret that I believe the North American Church has really screwed the pooch when it comes to missions as a whole. Honestly? The more I study and read and learn …
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This post is a response to What is the Purpose of International Missions? Or rather, this is no response at all, because I am broken, doubting the words I choose to share, binding up the wounds I make, rejoicing when I don’t rejoice, and pleading out the gospel I fail to live. This is simply …
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*trigger warning for violence* Yesterday I told the story of when I left Calvinism behind. Today I will talk about hell, and tomorrow I will talk about when my entire foundation fell (while in Europe). I told this story in my post Missions As an Unfundamentalist Christian. Here’s the longer version. Deep within Phnom Phen, …
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Legalism in SE Asia

August 12th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | SE Asia - (1 Comments)
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I. I grew up in the fundamental organization ATI, or Advanced Training Institute, which is a kick ass way of saying I was trained to change the world. Anyways, the organization – and all it’s partners, including the Institute of Basic Life Principles – completely sucks. Thanks to ATI, my parents threw away our cabbage …
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I. As an AWANA (evangelical Bible club) kid, I used to frequently recite this verse from Romans. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Of course, gospel, as defined as an evangelical, meant that God had swept us up …
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I.   “Her father-in-law kicked her out of the house when she would not give up Jesus.” “What? father -in-law? Is her husband dead?” I asked while chopping up a tree with a local tribal woman. “No, no. Her husband is still at his father’s house. But see, her husband is not the patriarch. The …
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Gospel I Love

July 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions - (6 Comments)
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As a kid the gospel in my life was an outward proclamation. The gospel was a verbal truth that set people free. You preach in order that people might hear. You confess in order to be set free. Romans 10 was my motto. As I got older, this became more and more hollow in my …
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Last summer I visited the US for 7 weeks (first time in the west in two years), and while visiting my old church, I had terrible experiences with guest preachers who literally said that gays were headed to hell, and that God was going to punish America with a Mormon president. Incidently, this was also …
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