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iA.S.K: Messaging God

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August 2017 by Ramesh Richard The ubiquitous “i” prefix stands for words like internet and innovation. It has also turned us inward, arousing self-centeredness and exhibitionism through selfies and social media. But altruistic verbs like care or love can sanctify the “i” pronoun in front of them. I recently addressed a thousand missionaries characterized by iGive [...]

Memo: My Fellow Morons, Need Wisdom?

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March 2017 by Ramesh Richard Moron! Remember that playground epithet that you used to heave affectionately at good friends? It’s actually a biblical word for those who • believe there is no God (Ps 14:1), • do life without God (Rom 1:21–22), and • hear Jesus’ words but do not do them (Mt 7:24–27). Add these [...]

The Christianity Thing: Starting Afresh in the New Year

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January 2017 by Ramesh Richard At the beginning of each year, I eagerly welcome English theologian-philosopher G.K. Chesterton’s insight: “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.” He continues his metaphysical comment with a calling to a total renewal [...]

Is Lesser Evil a Greater Good?

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October 2016 U.S. Elections: Guidance, Comfort, Wisdom by Ramesh Richard It used to be easier to vote for presidents. Or to choose to vote at all. Believers would look for candidates most aligned with our (hopefully) biblically informed views and vote in good conscience. Yes, we experienced internal conflict about colliding priorities, but we could [...]

Stay Found: Your New Year’s Guide

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January 2016 by Ramesh Richard In her book Staying Found: The Complete Map and Compass Handbook, June Fleming suggests various ways hikers can master the skills of "wilderness route finding"—learning how to get around in the wild. By this she means, "Not just carrying a map and compass because they’re on every book’s list of [...]

Four Global Realities and One Global Ministry Strategy

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October 2015 by Ramesh Richard Pastoral health affects church health; church health affects societal health. This statement can be upheld as biblically true and theologically valid. Can it also be strategically critical for global ministry today? In this article, I consider the strategic priority of the training of pastors for intentional global ministry and missions [...]

“Tribrid:” Fuel for Leadership

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August 2015 by Ramesh Richard Steam locomotives fill my earliest memories of family travel in southern India. Those fire-breathing engines required frequent stops to replenish the fuel and water. The sound and sights of whistle, steam and smoke fascinated me. Steam engineers controlled the start, the stop and the speed. The firemen fed the fire [...]

Praying Against Terrorism? Terrorist Saul, Evangelist Paul

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April 2015 by Ramesh Richard When I heard of the 21 young men beheaded on a Libyan beach by the savagery of ISIS in early 2015, I was overcome, like you, with deep sorrow. Their ages and complexion resembled my own two sons. It felt like our Ryan and Robby were kneeling at the feet [...]

Reflections on the Middle East

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January 2015 by Ramesh Richard The Middle East is arguably the nerve center of the world’s future. Dr. Ramesh Richard traveled to the region earlier this year, and in a recent interview with The Christian Post, provided some biblical and theological perspective on the escalating situation. The interview, which includes a five-fold grid for the western [...]

What Then?

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October 2014 by Ramesh Richard “I am a self-made man,” the braggart claimed. To which a child asked, “Why did you make yourself like this?”  I write this article fresh off a 12-day, five-country trip—three of those countries in the chaotic Middle East. I, too, am asking our technologically advanced, self-made world: “Why did you [...]