Heroes You Should Know: John Knox

Knox was a faithful preacher until the end of his brief life. Because of his unwavering preaching, Queen Mary of Scots considered him “the most dangerous man in all her realm.”

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Five Inescapable Truths that Missions Teach Us (Part Three)

If you are just chiming in on this series of blog posts, you can read the first blog post and the second blog post in the series here. When it comes to the truth of God’s people in the world, there are two ditches we can fall into.  The first ditch is one of self-pity […]

Five Inescapable Truths that Missions Teach Us (Part Two)

I was sick and tired of eye glasses.  We had lugged about 5,000 pairs of glasses half-way around the world.  In case you are wondering, that is more than 350 pounds of glasses – sorted, packed, and catalogued.  Glasses.  Glasses.  Glasses.  All sorts of glasses.  Ugly glasses.  Really ugly glasses.  Really, really ugly glasses.  Glasses […]

Five Inescapable Truths that Missions Teach Us (Part One)

I am freshly back from an unbelievable mission experience.  I had the privilege of journeying as part of a team of eleven short-term missionaries from Kentucky.  We went to the Philippines to serve the people of the greater Paniqui area in the province of Tarlac.  As always happens on these trips, I return with a […]

Philippines Mission Trip Wrap Up: Things Mission Trips Teach Me

My feet have been on American soil for about 48 hours now.  I’ve watched a few episodes of Downton Abbey, snuggled with my kids, and slept a lot.  The fog of jet lag is finally beginning to lift; I can feel my body slowly beginning to return to normal.  But there are things about me […]

Restoring Sight (Philippines Mission Trip 2013)

“He answered, ‘Whether He is a sinner, I do no know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’” (John 9:25) I spent much of last week helping a team of amazing missionaries from Crossroads Baptist Church that provided care to the Filipino people.  An eyeglass clinic was one of […]

The Night the Heavens opened up in Bacao

We spent yesterday afternoon and evening in the barangay of Bacao.  We had the largest turnout of any clinic to date.  We ticket each event.  We plan to see 180 optical patients and 180 medical patients.  When we arrive they are there waiting.  Only, in the Philippines, 360 people = 400 plus!  Emphasis on the […]

The Anatomy of a Short Term Mission Trip (Philippines Mission Report #5)

I want to try to help people better understand what goes into a well-executed short-term mission trip.  Sometimes people think teams just show up somewhere, hand out a few tracts or bibles and see the glory of God fall.  While God could certainly do it that way (He can do things however He desires – […]

Where in the world have we been? (Philippines Mission Trip Report #4)

I apologize for the scarcity of reports.  We have had internet connectivity issues, brown outs, and a busier schedule than you can imagine.  This morning has finally afforded me an opportunity to catch you up a bit. To date, we have had 6 major evangelistic efforts:  four medical/optical clinics and two crusades.  Each effort has […]

Hard Work, Screaming Monkeys, and Brown Outs (Missions Report #3 – Philippines Mission Trip)

[NOTE FROM ROB:  I wrote this days ago (I think….  Time is a blur to me right now.).  However, internet connectivity issues have prevented me from posting, so I thought I would post it belatedly so that you can get a feel for how things are going and what we are experiencing.) A recurrent theme […]