The Power to Share the Gospel in Another Culture.

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” — 1 Thess. 1:5 “Il nostro vangelo non vi è stato annunciato soltanto con parole, ma anche con potenza, con lo Spirito Santo e con…

Getting Away.

Last weekend, I attended a yearly men’s conference hosted by the Navigators in Wichita Falls. The primary reason for going was to connect more with Clyde, one of my mentors from church. Clyde is in his eighties and is spending all his time in coffee shops and restaurants with younger men, making disciples. I had…

How Learning Italian Will Stretch Us.

The question could be asked, “Would a man living in the ancient city of Rome be able to communicate effectively with a citizen of Rome today?” The Italian spoken throughout Italy and other parts of the world today comes from the Latin language of the Roman Empire. As Roman soldiers invaded neighboring lands to invade…

Why Geography is Important To Making Disciples in Italy.

You could say the country with the nickname “Bel Paese (Beautiful Country)” was destined for greatness. Greatness happens when light shines on inherent characteristics effortlessly put forth. This is true of Italy. Wherever the sun glistens, the natural beauty and uniqueness of this region dazzles with life and color. In a sense, Italy did not…

It’s All Downhill From Here.

We love check-up calls from our friends. A friend called just a week ago to see how everything is progressing with our fundraising.  “It’s really great,” I said. Then I went on to tell him we have just about reached the 50% funded level on our Outgoing expenses.  “That’s awesome, man!” he was genuinely excited…

Capitare a Fagiolo.

I thought it would be fun while learning Italian to borrow a phrase here and there to show you guys what God is doing as He prepares us for Italy.  Relax, I don’t pretend to know much. I’m sure I will horribly butcher the language that Bocelli sings so beautifully. However, in my falling down…

How The Average Joe Can Learn Another Language.

The Beep Beep Boop of my Skype call ring was happening and I began to sweat. I was about to have a video call with a new Italian friend who didn’t know enough English to help me understand. And, all the questions I’d practiced in her language that day vanished. Throat dry. I sat forward feeling…

Are You Coming To Save The Catholics?

The reverb of my Jewish friend’s  skepticism was bouncing through my brain as I drove away from Starbucks. “As a Jewish rabbi, I’m trying to understand why you would ‘go on mission’ to Italy which is already a Christian country. The Catholics already have it covered.” Even more mind-boggling was the fact that I’d reached…

La Bella Figura and Making Disciples.

From what we’ve read, the concept of “La Bella Figura” underpins everything in Italy. Food. Art. Fashion. Architectural design. Personal appearance. Supposedly, the influence of this philosophy supports it all. This video certainly shows its influence in Italy. Generally speaking, it is the idea of “putting your best foot forward,” which sounds funny now that…