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Converge Stories podcast

Jun 17, 2019

In September 1993, I was in Manaus, Brazil at an international missions conference. One night the lights went out. As we waited for power to return, the Brazilians pulled out their flashlights and guitars. Singing and dancing ensued and I was caught up in it. Exhausted I sat down next to a tall skinny man in tattered...


Jun 10, 2019

What kind of leaders did theStudent Volunteer Movement (SVM) produce in the 20th Century? 

I answer that question after looking again at the foundational work done by John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards. Wesley began whittling away at denomination and parish structures. He said, "The world is my parish." He was not...


Jun 3, 2019

Is College worth it? This story about how students changed the world will help you decide. This episode is part of a series of messages about the History of the University and of Student involvement in World Missions.

It was in 1806 in Western Massachusetts that just five students led by Samuel Mills effectively...


May 24, 2019

Biographers and historians have conferred the title, “Father of Modern Education,” on John Amos Comenius primarily due to his contribution to modern educational methodology. Comenius was born on March 28, 1592 in Moravia, now in the Czech Republic. Much of this Moravian theologian’s writings suggest that the...


May 20, 2019

This episode is different. This is the beginning of a series of messages about the history of the university, student missions movements, and the powerful influence of the university as it shapes the culture, the leadership, and the destiny of nations. 

I discuss the ancient history of the universities, the...