Radius Reports Archive

Jesus Is One of My Favorite Gods

Paul Borthwick wrote[1]of being registered for a conference in New Delhi, India by a clerk who had her desk covered in pictures of Jesus.  Upon asking her if she was a follower of Jesus, the title of this letter was her reply.  Of course, to someone who understands...

Some Wrong Assumptions in the Missions World

While on a recent trip (Baton Rouge, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis), I was talking to an intelligent young lady who made the statement “I believe God can use His Word alone to bring men to Himself.”  I told her that I agreed with her completely. God COULD do...

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...