Advice on Russia for President Trump and American Christians

Advice on Russia for President Trump and American Christians

Back in 1990, when Cathy and I with three of our six children moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), we were among the first Westerners allowed to live in the USSR without government connections. In fact, we lived there full time, with Soviet and Russian realities, delights, and pains in our lives from 1990 to 2015. In those twenty-five years, having planted churches from Latvia in the Baltics, to Vladivostok in the far east, we’ve come to know Russia right well.


Here is my advice on Russia for President Donald Trump and American Christians:

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The Healing of the Nations (e.g. the USA)

The Healing of the Nations (e.g. the USA)

God intends the source of healing for our nation’s wounds to be the same source that will heal the whole world. And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:15

God intended the death of His only Son to cause people from every nation, race and tongue and religion to no longer live for themselves, but for Christ. Even as we reel in shock at mass murders, especially of our public servants, and as we mourn our dead of every race and repent of our own national sins, the death of Christ urges us to remember how needy are the nations that have rarely tasted justice and healing.

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Contemplating America the Beautiful After 25 Years in the Former USSR and in the Light of Psalm 19

Contemplating America the Beautiful After 25 Years in the Former USSR and in the Light of Psalm 19

One of the greatest privileges I have as I travel and preach in churches in the USA (I have now preached and shared the ministry in over 100, counting Canada) is to let American believers know that we have a lot to be thankful to God for and that we are not as bad off as many American Christians think we are.    

I would like to continue my ministry to this beloved country today by sharing with you what specifically my living 25 years abroad has made me thankful for. 

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St. Boniface and Why He Matters (Hint: It might be more than you know)

St. Boniface and Why He Matters (Hint: It might be more than you know)

The autobiography of John Paton, in my last blog, was a depiction of the impact of the Gospel in an isolated culture, but my second pick for "Great Books on Missions" is From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions, by Ruth A. Tucker, a tour de force showing the breadth of the missions movement since Pentecost. If you are just beginning to read missions and church history, this book is a must.

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Solus Christus and Me

Solus Christus and Me

In February of 1991 I was ushered into an ornately built but run down marble central room in the palace.  My friend introduced me to the fifty or so people at the meeting.  I was asked to share why an American with three children and my wife six months pregnant would move to the Soviet Union in October of 1990 right when everything in the country was falling apart, and thousands of Soviets were beginning to emigrate to America.

This was one of history’s last meetings of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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