Matthew: Creative Tension in Church & Mission

Reading the Gospel of Matthew is a journey into creative tension experienced by a predominantly Jewish exiled community of the early church. In fact Matthew. the author who understood the heart of that community, held out this tension, between the pastoral and the prophetic, “in the way in which he portrays the call to a mission to […]

Day Thirty: Love

These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.

How Values Impact Your Life & Ministry

Darlene Cunningham writes: "There is a direct link between roots and fruit, what we believe and how we behave." How Values Impact Life & Ministry View this email in your browser Get this book by Darlene Cunningham Hello Blog Reader, That’s right. Values Matter. YWAM co-founder, Darlene Cunningham, has written a new book I strongly […]

What’s your impact?

God calls us to transform whole nations, and it involves many laborers to join the harvest. What’s Your Impact? View this email in your browser How your story impacts the Great Commission Hello Blog Reader, I’ve spent sleepless nights in countless airports, survived a military highjack in Guatemala, a river flood that stranded our teams […]

Your 48h VIP Backstage Pass!

Here’s a taste of the high-quality content students get in this flagship course that guides students step-by-step to make a difference. Your 48h VIP Backstage Pass! View this email in your browser Free Backstage Pass Hello Blog Reader, Today, I’m excited to share a 48-hour only backstage pass to the full Converge Course. With this […]

Everyone has a Calling

How do you solve the problems of the world? We believe it’s to prepare biblical Christian leaders for tomorrow. Everyone has a Calling View this email in your browser One intern who is changing the world. Dear Blog Reader, How do you solve the problems of the world? We believe it’s to prepare biblical Christian […]

Spiritual Formation is Crucial

Missions agencies that provide excellent short-term programs are the ones most likely to see resulting long-term commitments. Where long term commitments are formed. View this email in your browser Converge is about spiritual formation. Hello Blog Reader, Did you know that our goal with Converge is spiritual formation? We’ve studied the research of organizations like […]

Your invitation to live teaching sessions with John Henry

Listen to the Missional Church Emerging series he is giving every Wednesday evening at 7pm-8:30pm in February and March 3rd You are invited to John Henry’s teaching sessions on Missional Church Emerging. Join me as I teach the Missional Church Emerging series at Praise Tabernacle Church (and online) every Wed. in Feb at 7pm to […]

Who Converge Serves

Here are a few ways Converge serves Christ’s Mission Who Converge Serves Here are a few of the people Converge serves: 1. The Poor: Converge helps reduce human suffering (i.e. human trafficking, poverty, children at risk) through personalized mission projects in impoverished communities. (Matt 25:45) In those impoverished communities, our interns have helped start businesses […]

We are making opportunities for you to be involved

It is our joy to share what God is doing through YWAM Converge How You Make a Difference Hello Blog Reader, My name is John Henry. You are receiving this email because we have communicated and/or you have expressed interest in this ministry. Consider this a big THANK YOU! To kick-off 2021, I ask that […]

Missional Church Emerging

Missional Church Emerging. I’m excited to be scheduled to teach five sessions of the Missional Church Emerging course. These lectures will be part of the Praise Equipping Night class in the Praise Tabernacle Church sanctuary, on online, every wednesday night in February at 6:30pm and finishing up on Wednesday, March 3rd with an evening of […]

Day Thirty: Love

These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.

Day Twenty Nine: Kindness

Brotherly kindness is common kindness. It is engaging with the world, with your neighbor, in ways that any other person with a human heart would do.

Day Twenty Seven: Perseverance

Watch Video Today we build on yesterday’s thought, Self-Control, to Perseverance. Peter’s second letter outlines the progressive steps toward making your calling and election sure. He says we should “make every effort” to add to our faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, and then perseverance. Once we come to know God the person of virtue through faith, […]

Day Twenty Five: Self-Control

Watch Video Today’s thought is Self-Control. It’s not just about control of appetites, like how often you run to the fridge during this quarantine. It’s about how you enter into community. There are two diagrams in the video: 1. Yield Sign, which represents the need to slow down, consider others, and enter into traffic without […]

Day Twenty Three: Virtue

Watch Video In Peter’s second letter, he says we should add to our faith, virtue – or moral goodness. The faith that he speaks of is the belief that we have “everything we need” and that we have “escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.” And Peter exhorts us to “make every […]

Day Twenty Two: Everything You Need

Watch Video Today we explore the root lie of all lies. In 2 Peter 1:3 the great apostle states that we have everything we need for life and godliness. Do you believe that? In the midst of calamity and crisis, is that faith shaken? The truth is that this is the root of our faith. […]

Day Twenty One: Familiar

When we return to the familiar, we often return to familiar sins, habits, addictions that have trapped us in the past.

Day Twenty: Calling

During these last ten days of the coronavirus self-quarantine, I will be focusing on 2 Peter 1 and the primary qualities that we are to make every effort to add to our faith.

Day Nineteen: Crushing

The call to leadership is a call to be crushed first. May God give you grace if you are called to lead. And remember, after you come to a realization of who you really are, return to God. Come boldly to him for grace to help. And strengthen your brothers and sisters.

Day Seventeen: Witness

Watch Video My wife and I were reading in Trent Sheppard’s book, The Jesus Journey, this morning and we came across this verse and this interesting question: “There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross.” Mark 15:21 NIV Mark’s […]

Day Sixteen: With

I was to be leading a book study in my home during this time. It’s a book called With, by Skye Jethani. Jethani outlines five postures most people have toward God.

Day Fourteen: Priesthood

“…priests who faithfully minister before God with prayers and intercessions for our families and communities, …”

Day Thirteen: Church

Fellowship with just one other person, and Jesus says, “I am there.” We can count on Jesus being with us in our homes. Jesus is doing something around the world.

Day Ten: Forgive

The path to that kind of forgiveness is to admit, like the thief, that you have sinned. It’s not an antiquated term; it’s the word we use for those acts that “miss the mark”, fail to achieve righteousness, falling short of God’s best, his glory.

Day Nine: You Say

Watch the video Notice the things that Jesus says. Luke 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Luke 22:33-34 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster […]

Day Eight: Prepare

Watch the video Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” Luke 22: 7-8 We received some tulips in a box in the mail yesterday. One of Mary’s niece’s had the […]

Day Seven: Reset

For this extended 30 days of quarantine in April, I’m doing Thirty Thoughts for you. Here’s Day Seven: Reset I can’t honestly say I have heard a word the Lord about the word RESET. However, it is clear we have an opportunity and God is sovereignly doing a reset. Have you ever had your computer or […]

Day Six: Faith

Watch video Today’s thought is the word Faith.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” Hebrews 11:1-2 We’re staying […]

Day Five: Study

Watch video Today’s thought is the word Study.  “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed.” 2 Tim 2:15 Students are disciples, learners, people who want to learn how to make a difference. I’m grateful for all those who study, especially right now as we depend on […]

Day Four: Home

Watch video Today’s thought is about being Home..  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15 NRSV It’s time to re-think home. I have lived in 8 States in the US and in India for several months. I’ve lived in 36 […]

Bus Ride from Hell

Hours later there came a change. It began to grow light in the bus. The greyness outside the windows turned from mud-colour to mother of pearl, then to faintest blue, then to a bright blueness that stung the eyes. We seemed to be floating in a pure vacancy. There were no lands, no sun, no […]

Self-quarantine in Me?

My son Justin David Henry is at Fuller Theological Seminary. Classes have been moved to online. He let me read his paper on John 15 – “Abide in Me,” Jesus said. Good stuff. When we spoke Justin joked that Jesus was saying, “Self-quarantine in me.” I see that. But it’s not all about isolation; it’s […]

Taking Thought

This morning I wrote to a friend who has lost something precious, his faith in God. What does one do when they lose faith? At the beginning of the 20th Century, most so-called Christian nations were at war with one another, which caused a crisis of faith among millions of people. Though we have had […]

Light of the World

This is great news! Xian was an engineering student at Carnegie-Mellon University when he did his internship with us in East Timorese in 2003. He attributed his life’s calling to serve the poor, particularly through solar lighting, to that summer when he witnessed the severe burns on a small child’s face when a kerosene lantern caused a fire.

My Story

I was humiliated. One year out of college, a junior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, preparing for two years of humanitarian service with the Peace Corps, I was locked up behind bars. Finger prints, mug shots, and my name, John T. Henry, was placed on police record for loitering on the streets of Baltimore.

That moment when…

Paul had one of those moments. He had a social post too. The letter to the Ephesian was circulated to the house churches in the second largest city in the Roman Empire.

Leaving the Ladder

When I was little I used to climb a lot. My mom says she found me up in trees or on the roof of the house. I was stuck. I may have been a good climber, but I didn’t know how to get down from my high perch.

Put Together

Seven colleague friends from six countries and five continents met for three months in Delhi, India to form the team that would lead YWAM’s first School of University Ministries.

Lessons of Limitations

I was given a gift during that time. Though I feel pain in my body everyday since that fateful night, I received the gift of God’s grace.

Forbidden to Tell

The truly spiritual do not seem to have interest in spiritual things. They don’t make a side show of the supernatural.

How Much Do You Want

Some have made it a career pretending to be called to preach. They’re more concerned about money than they are the people God loves.

Good Fences

Conflicts arise when there’s confusion about our God given boundaries, when someone crosses over into a territory where they have not been invited.

Don’t Cut Me Out

No longer in lockstep with an exclusive vision of a pure breed with a pure set of rules, he sat at every table with the welcoming warmth of the Father.

Social Justice and What We’ve Done to Grace

Special grace leads a person to show compassion, to suffer with others, which is something government programs cannot do. The Good Samaritan understood social justice.