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by Mike Dente - 2 weeks ago

A Thanksgiving of Firsts: How Can I Be Hopeful Right Now?

When my wife and I set off to serve at Calvary Chapel Nice back in May 1997, we carried most of what we owned in a few overstuffed suitcases halfway across the world. Those were the glory days of lenient baggage allowances and quick access to departure gates. In one of our suitcases, too heavy to lug up a staircase by myself, was a book I still keep and flip through from time to time—The Light and the Glory...

by Mike Dente - 3 months ago

Relevance, Worldliness, and Contextualizing the Gospel

Contextualization or relevance? Are they the same thing, or is there really a difference? Theologically speaking, there is, but they aren’t in opposition. Maybe they’re like cousins, close like family but not quite siblings. For example, I can contextualize the Gospel without being young or cool, although I might not be relevant (at least in appearance) to a younger generation. The opposite is also true. Someone c...

by Mike Dente - 6 months ago

The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Thursday, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of the D-day invasion of France by American and Allied forces. The upper Normandy region has doubled in population this week. It’s impossible to find a hotel, difficult to lock down an Airbnb, the main highway, the N13 that links Cherbourg to Caen is closed to allow the passage of the world leaders who have come to remember. In fact, it’s more accurate ...

by Mike Dente - 7 months ago

Notre Dame De Paris

At 6:50 pm CET on April 15, the roof of Notre Dame de Paris caught on fire. The cathedral was quickly evacuated while over 400 firefighters were mobilized on the ground. Within the first hour, the main spire (symbol of God’s grace) succumbed to the flames as did the 1,000-year-old beams framing the roof. Unable to use helicopters or airplanes for fear of destroying the stru...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Pastoral Ministry: The Balance Between Study & Family

There is a time for study. It’s one of the benefits of pastoring or teaching the Bible in any capacity. My favorite part has always been the preparation. I love to spend the time to really know a passage or book. Even though I may have taught it before, I feel like I could go deeper. The 2,000 years that separates my culture and the first century only adds to the need and the excitement. I can ...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

God Equips You for Your Ministry: Welsh Missionary John Jenkins

The missionary stories from the 19th century are filled with courageous people giving life and health for the Gospel. Some were lost at sea; others struck with malaria before they were able to complete their first year of service. In that time, a family life wasn’t always an option. Rare are the stories of a family moving to the field in the 1800s and even less are those who thrived happily together in their calli...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Love and the New Humanism

There is a bridge in Paris that joins the Louvre on the right bank of the Seine River with the Academy of Les Beaux Arts on the left. It’s a walking bridge with wooden planks as flooring, a few scattered benches and a handrail to lean on and admire the cityscape painted before your eyes. It’s known as the “pont des arts” but it used to be called by locals as the “pont des amoureux” or the lovers’ bridge. Couples w...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Lessons from History: How to Avoid Christian Self-Promotion

International relations. What a mess. What a picture of unregenerate human relations on a diplomatic scale. And yet nations have gone to great lengths to keep the peace with sometimes honorable results. We celebrate national holidays, remembering those who died in wars. Wars, which are often the result of failed international policies and the cycle goes on. Then there are those attempts at diplomacy like the one t...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

The Necessity of Applying the Gospel to My Own Heart

I’ve spent most of my adult life in the city. I like the feel of concrete under my shoes, the convenience of functioning public transportation and rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life. Several years ago, my family needed to move. To be exact, our proprietor sold our apartment, and we ended up in the far reaches of the Paris metropolitan area, the Ile-de-France. There have been many adjustments, but...

by Mike Dente - 1 year ago

Women Called by God: Helen Roseveare

Missionaries are sometimes called a rare breed. They leave home, integrate into a foreign culture and bring a foreign concept (the Gospel) to people who don’t know they need it. Indeed this isn’t normal living. Yet their lives are filled with the victories and disappointments we all share as Christians. Some face extreme hardship, and by their lives, encourage us all into a deeper walk with the Lord. One...