Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
Losing their religion: when Muslim immigrants leave Islam. Link.
Islamic Scripture is not the problem [with terrorism]. Link.
How ISIS approaches Islamic Scripture. Link.
Zen and the art of moneymaking: Buddhism & Business. Link.
The cities Americans are thronging to and fleeing (also diaspora). Link.
35 food crops are so essential to global food security that they need protecting. Link.
Africa: how a population boom will change it. Link.
Arabian Peninsula: why Christianity is surging in the heart of Islam. Link.
Or: Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East? Link.
China: Religion on the rise. From 2015. Link.
Reviewed: A star in the east: the rise of Christianity in China (Stark et al). Link.
China: Render unto Caesar: party leaders persecute churches even as they try to co-opt them. Link.
India/Pakistan: the possibility of a war going nuclear. Link.
South Sudan: is the next civil war starting? Link.
South Sudan: peace growing, normalizing relations? Border opening: Link.
Syria: everything you need to know about how we got here. Link.
Syria: the lost generation of girls. Link.
Why Turkey sees the Kurds as a bigger threat than ISIS. Link.
North Korea: you can visit as a tourist (even though tourists have been arrested). Link.
Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
Chart: gender disparity, males vs females ratio, China, India, Europe, USA. Link.
Pew: what it means to be poor by global standards. Link.
Pew: Teens, Technology, Friendships: how teens meet & interact. Link.
Are Muslim countries more war-prone? Not necessarily. Link.
HRW World Report 2016: human rights around the globe. 659pp. Link.
Transparency International: 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index. Link.
â€¦ Somalia worst offender, 6 billion live in countries where corruption is rife â€¦
Regional Refugee & Migrant Response Plan, Europe, 2016. Link.
â€¦ 1 million refugees to Europe, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq â€¦
Ecstasy and Exodus: charismatic Christianity thrives among people on the move. Link.
If youâ€™re interested in China, you should be following ZGBriefs. Sample.
Amity prints over 12 million Bibles in China, but most are for export. Link.
Long Reads / Mission Industry News
Alifeoverseas: The normal fallacy. Link.
Marti Wade: Mobilizing through Mentoring: relationships are our most powerful tools. Link.
Joy Tira: Making connections with scattered people. Link.
Patheos: A theology guide for guilt, shame and fear cultures. Link.
â€¦ critical to understand; approaching shame or fear from guilt perspective rarely works â€¦
John Huckins: Why you need more Muslim friends. Link.
Muslims and Christians worshipping the same God? More linksâ€¦
David Garrison, Global Gates: â€œYesâ€¦ and no.â€ Link.
Christianity Today, on EMS Occasional Bulletin. Link.
The EMS Occasional Bulletin. Link.
Arab Christians thinking of â€œsame Godâ€ debate. Link.
Jerry Rankin, Zwemer Center: â€œsame God, different theological concepts, only Jesus.â€ Link.
Randy Alcorn: â€œsaying they worship the same God is easily confused and unhelpful.â€ Link.
Skye Jethani infographic: â€œIt depends.â€ Link.
Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Work / Lifehacking
Fermi estimation for startup business models: how to estimate any metric you donâ€™t know. Link.
TED: Accuracy and Precision are not the same thing. Link.
HBR: Signs your team is too strong for its own good. Link.
99u: The many, many problems with â€œfollow your passion.â€ Link.
TED: Why good leaders make you feel safe. Link.
Inc: Why failure makes you a better leader. Link.
â€¦ willing to take the risks necessary to achieve success …
Escaping the new media cargo cult: how I learned to stop worrying & ignore the metrics. Link.
â€¦ for individuals engaging with personal connections, metric-oriented tactics less useful â€¦
Screen & Life Matrix: a tool for discussing the healthiness of screen time. Link.
â€¦ mind on/off vs. enriching/toxic: help kids think critically about activities â€¦
Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingos: levels of predictability, impact. Link.
â€¦ Black=unpredictable/unk. impact; Gray=improbable/impactful; Pink=predictable/ignored â€¦
Missional thinking / Mission hacking / Tactics / Skills
A crash course in Bible Storying. Link.
Anyone can learn these three phrases in another language. Link.
Paul Worcester: The third discipleship essential: reproducibility. Link.
Roads & Kingdoms: Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Link.
Rautes: the last nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Himalayas. Photoessay. Link.
Traditional Kurdish wedding in Iranian Kurdistan. Photoessay. Link.
Hooked & Pierced: 1 million+ Hindus at Thaipusam festival in Malaysia. Link.
Futuristics / Tech
Pew: Mapping Twitter topic networks: from polarized crowds to community clusters. Link.
â€¦ Community archetypes, and why itâ€™s useful to map social landscapes â€¦
Technology Review: The social network illusion that tricks your mind. Link.
â€¦ frequent posters make you think their ideas common, but high-frequency posters are rareâ€¦
McKinsey: The four global forces breaking all the trends. Link.
â€¦ urbanization, tech change, aging, globalization â€¦
Economist: first year the world spends more time online than watching TV. Link.
More than half Chinaâ€™s population is online, most use smartphones. Link.
â€¦ Nears 700 million. Link.
“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.” ~Martin Luther
“More people have been brought into the church by the kindness of real Christian love than by all the theological arguments in the world.” ~William Barclay
â€œI’m practicing the discipline of not having to have the last word.â€ ~Dallas Willard
â€œThe challenge of the church is to be less of a destination and more of a training ground for Christians who want to change their world.â€ ~Ari Rocklin
“If the Kingdom of God is more like a living organism than a corporation, why do we expect churches and ministries to experience perpetual and unhindered expansion year after year?” – Scott Bessenecker
â€œGod isnâ€™t looking for people of great faith, but individuals ready to follow him.â€ ~Hudson Taylor
â€œMoney is what people use for security when they donâ€™t trust God.â€ ~Mark Dever