Radius Reports Archive

Three Hills Worth Dying On

 Last month I was speaking at a missions conference in California and the pastoral staff were explaining some difficulties they were having within the missions department. Recently they had become convinced that their overseas church planters (missionaries) needed to...

The Lure of Later

This time of year Beth and I do a lot of traveling and connecting with students who are in or just out of college.  Whether North Carolina, Des Moines, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Rochester MN., Chicago, or Anchorage, some of the common...

Parenting For Missionaries

At Radius, there are many topics that get more time than parenting; nevertheless, it IS a topic that is addressed regularly and very pointedly. The reason is pretty obvious...if parents don’t have their children under control and, just as importantly, if those...

Secrecy, Statistics, and Verification in Missions

Anyone who is familiar with the current situation in missions is aware of the statement ‘please don’t post this online’.  That’s a needed reminder that helps readers to be careful of the identity of workers who are heading or working overseas.  In the world we live in...

You Play How You Practice

"Training matters. If we are to see the last of the “nations” reached it will not be without tears, bloodshed, and sacrifice." My junior year in High School we lost the championship basketball game to our archrivals. It was a brutal let down for a 16-year-old with NBA...

Business as Missions…What is the Goal?

The Goal Business as Missions (BAM) and its ‘cousin’ Business for Transformation (B4T) are here to stay.  They have been around for a while and with many countries showing increasing resistance to the traditional missionary role it is wonderful to see the church, and...

The Apostle Paul… Still Our Model or Not?

Since William Carey went to India in 1793 most missionaries have sought to follow Paul’s examples of: Speaking with clarity, winsomeness, and intelligence. Teaching in large or small settings, to families or individuals… wherever an opening was found. Teaching,...

Why Getting Fluent Today Is Harder Than Ever

Undergirding any serious approach to sharing the gospel cross-culturally is the ability to think and communicate at a serious level of understanding in the language and culture of the person you are reaching.  Only recently has this begun to be questioned and,...