My new small group course

I could hardly be more excited about a new study I am writing for small groups. I’m going to beta test it first on my own group in St. Petersburg starting in April, and then offer it to others to try out, in Russian and in English, I expect by the fall. Here is the…

RealTalk – Real depth in relationships

I’ve been a missionary to Russia since 2007, and I was in Virginia in March┬áto reconnect with the city that gave me my start in ministry. I also┬álead a seminar called RealTalk. The workshop provides us with a key missing dynamic to every God-given dream in our lives… dreams for our children and family, dreams…

Artists of St. Petersburg, unite!

This past spring we announced a citywide art competition, the idea for which God gave me to help foster vision for the city as a whole, under the reign of Christ. The call was simple: portray St. Petersburg as God sees the city. To help, I wrote a document and made a presentation during a…

On how we outgrow God

I’ve been musing a lot lately on this, and wanted to get my thoughts out, and maybe even get some feedback on them as well. I wonder if most Christians don’t see how insidious this tendency is, even as they lam-blast liberals and others as ungodly. What am I talking about? Here is how the…

Russian culture and the search for key leaders

We held the second in a likely series of meetings this month with the assistance of a Belgian missiologist that does not live here, but with whom I resonate deeply. The first, last year, was about trying to understand the cultural nuances here that help or impede the Gospel. This year we took the idea…

What is the Russian mentality?

I got invited to a conference this month by an odd-sounding group who call themselves Mentologists. But the topic was so interesting and relevant that I had to give it a go. The entire two-day event was devoted to the subject of trying to understand the Russian mentality. As a person devoted to trying to…

Retreat!!

We generally go away for a weekend retreat twice a year. This fall my vision was to for the first time take with us several new people who have been slowing gathering towards us in ministry – volunteers, students, and leaders of a the “satellite” ministries that are under our umbrella. But frankly, it’s been…