The Unfundamental Conversion
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At my old church in South East Asia, we prayed one prayer more than any other. Or maybe two. But there was one prayer that kept coming up over and over – Lord, let your kingdom come, on earth. Or, let your glory fall on this place. I have a problem with the whole idea …
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I keep saying I’m going to write-up about the weaknesses (and the really bad part) in missions, and also, write about how I think missions should function differently. Before I throw myself into those posts, I thought I’d make a little confession, then tell a bit of a story. When I first went to Asia, …
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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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By now most people have probably heard of the dominionism in homeschooling and conservative evangelical circles – the idea that homeschoolers will change the world by their involvement in absolutely everything, from science to the high arts to politics. Oddly even after I rejected patriarchalism (and courtship and purity), I still saw myself as a …
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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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I am an Alien

July 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | SE Asia | Travel - (15 Comments)
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I. I went on a 5000 mile road trip, across 6 Canadian providences and 12 states just in the last two weeks, and I pulled the plug on my scheduled posts. I am an alien in this land who writes because I am happier for it, but sometimes my heart needs silence. I just watched …
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Since returning to the US three months ago, I’ve been through an array of culture shock from living overseas for three years. Some of its frustrating. Someone putting my clothes in the dryer and the clothes shrinking because in three years, they were never once dried in a machine and mostly washed by hand. Or …
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Bilbo Had An Adventure

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | SE Asia - (4 Comments)
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I saw the Hobbit again this weekend at the dollar theater. The first time I was shocked by the violence and was so frustrated at how much the plot had been changed from the book. Coupled by subtitles in an Asian theater and the loud Asian speakers, I did not enjoy the film much. This …
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At Thai New Year we bring sand to the temple

I’m over at A Life Overseas Today, writing about processing crud and evil in foreign countries. One Saturday morning I woke up to humid Asian heat rising over my bed and the sound of cranky motorbikes on the way to the market. Oblivious that a tragedy had happened while I slept, I got up and …
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