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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Unmet Desires

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July 2011 by Ramesh Richard “I am disappointed with Psalm 37:4. In my most skeptical moments, it seems like God has to brainwash me into desiring His desires for me,” a young man in Australia said recently. He was talking about a verse that jumps out at us and appeals to our self-interests: “Delight yourself [...]

Something Fishy!

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May 2007 by Ramesh Richard Reading the Bible in its original language as well as in my mother tongue significantly enhances its meaning. Reading in English is similar to watching black-and-white television. Tamil, my early vernacular, is filled with color. The Greek New Testament resembles the clarity of HDTV! I was recently enlightened by Jesus’ [...]

Divine Meaning in Natural Disaster

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September 2005 by Ramesh Richard   On this rainy October day (8, 2005) in Costa Rica, I am overwhelmed as CNN scrolls news about natural disasters on several fronts: The earthquake in South Asia taking at least 3000 lives Hurricane Katrina’s death toll passing the 1000 mark Mudslides washing away an entire village in Guatemala, followed [...]

Columns In The Caverns: Truths for Daily Transformation

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October 1998  by Ramesh Richard My family and I recently experience a colossal hole in the earth “deep in the heart of Texas.” Looming beneath us was a magnificent cave just discovered in 1963 during the construction of a major highway. The Inner Space Caverns boast extraordinary cave drapery. Dramatic formations mesmerize you. Only the [...]