Holy Aggression: An Exclusive Seminar for Men

Holy AggressionThis exclusive seminar for men will teach you how to wage war on the passivity in your life and give you tools to live out your God-given masculine strength in your spirit, soul and body. Holy Aggression runs Friday, February 27  7-9 PM and Saturday, February 28 9 AM- 9 PM at Northbrook Alliance Church, 6240 Aldrich Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN. Registration begins on Friday at 6 PM. Cost for the weekend is $100 (does not include meals). RSVP by contacting us.

Confronting “Gay Christian” Theology

I have been a part of Outpost Ministries for almost 20 years. During this time I have watched the cultural landscape shift radically in regards to the issue of homosexuality. Nowadays, the “gay lifestyle” is embraced, accepted and even celebrated in all spheres of life. It is normal to see gay couples get married or engaging in sexual behaviors on prime-time television. This was not the case all that long ago. The shift came quickly and took many in the Church by surprise.

Now I am watching the landscape of the Church change in this regards as well. In the same way, the shift is coming quickly and is taking many by surprise. Most mainline denominations now more than tolerate—they ordain gay clergy, marry gay couples and encourage same-sex attracted youth to embrace their “gayness” as a gift from God and a blessing to others. What is even more shocking is now, once stalwart evangelical churches and organizations are falling prey to “gay Christian” theology—the thinking that it is okay to be a Christ-follower and embrace a gay identity. While there are different expressions of the “gay Christian” (some choose celibacy while others marry their partners), the bottom line is clear: to embrace the gay identity in any way is an affront to the image of God in men and women, and it is contrary to what God has commanded in His Word.

God’s creation is heterosexual (Genesis 1:26-27). Within God’s heterosexual creation, there are two genders: masculine and feminine. In God’s created order, there is always one and then the other. In the macro understanding of this principal, we have God who, in the masculine, initiated a love relationship with the Church, His Bride. We see the macro played out in the micro: married love between a man and a woman (Ephesians 5:31-32).

“Hetero” is different from the prefix “homo” which means “same.” There is, not two, but one. The good news for the same-sex attracted is that in God’s creation, there is no such thing as a homosexual, only heterosexuals, however broken he or she may have gotten in this world. We all have to live in the flow of the reality God has established, regardless of our feelings or attractions.

Gender is a way of categorizing characteristics. The historical meaning of gender is “things we treat differently because of their inherent differences.” Biblical gender is the compilation of characteristics that make up who God is and how He acts within relationships. It includes the distinction between God’s being and His activity.

Right away in Genesis 1:1, we see God as a gendered being—In the beginning God (being) created the heavens and the earth (activity). God continues to make distinctions as He creates: light and dark, day and night, land and sea, the heavens and the earth. God solidifies distinction within Himself—He IS and He DOES. He creates for six days (activity) and on the seventh day He rests (being). Distinction is important to God.

God continues to make distinction in Genesis 1:26-27:

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

In God’s creation, unity or union does not do away with distinction. There will always be a distinction between God and man, man and creation and male and female.

Paganism always tries to do away with distinction. The goal of paganism is that all would become one; God and man, man and creation, male and female, etc. are simply “one with the universe.” We see this lack of distinction being played out in human culture’s many sordid expressions of sexuality. It seems anything goes these days! Culture wants to do away with any gender distinction or the gender binary. Dr. Peter Jones, author of The God of Sex, says that when the primary binary (God and His creation) is eliminated, all other binaries crumble.

Homosexuality has its roots in paganism. This is why the movement to promote homosexuality is so powerful. It is not just about sex, or even whom you choose to love; it has a spiritual component. When the creature is worshiped rather than the Creator, demons are present.

To take on a gay identity is to step outside of God’s created order and out of the flow of reality. It is to reject one’s sense of belonging in God’s creation. Taking on a gay identity essentially shuts down the healing process and hinders receptivity of future blessings the Lord has in His heart for the struggler. It is letting the “old man” remain and refusing to walk in righteousness and holiness.

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:20-24).

These words may seem bold or even harsh, but now is the time for boldness and courage, Church! I believe that “gay Christian” theology (in all its varied forms) is the greatest danger to the Western Church today. It threatens the very foundation of our understanding of God, His creation and our place within His creation. It is an assault on the image of God and the distinctions He has established between Himself and creation.

Let me conclude by clarifying a couple of issues. First, one’s temptations and life-dominating issues do not determine salvation. Most of the individuals who come to Outpost are born-again believers, yet they still struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions. We are saved by God’s grace available through Jesus Christ, not by our ability to keep His Law or to avoid temptation.

Second, God loves everyone within the “gay community”. His heart is burning to see His children return to Him.  Many individuals have been wounded and rejected by the Church’s poor response to their struggle with same-sex attractions.  A compassionate, biblical understanding of homosexuality within the Church has been needed for a very long time.

With that said, the current “gay Christian” conversation and shift that is now taking place within the Church is not based on a biblical understanding of homosexuality. The Church is sorely lacking a scriptural understanding of gender and the image of God.

We must be firm in our convictions in this hour. We must dig deeply into Genesis 1:26-27 and seek the Lord for wisdom and understanding of His image. We must stand for truth, for there is much at stake. As the kings of the earth cast off restraint, let us with even more resolve humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and bow our knees to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Transformation: Let it Change You

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed . . . (Romans 12:2, NIV)

It is interesting to me that while transformation is something that we all work hard to achieve, Paul in Romans commands us to “BE transformed.” In other words, let transformation happen to you. It is a passive imperative, in grammatical terms. It requires no action on our part. The action, empowered by another force, happens to us. This is a grace.

Because it is a grace, the world has no concept of how transformation is achieved. In fact, the world has no concept that transformation of a person happens at all. Several years ago, before Jesse Ventura was governor of Minnesota, I heard him on his morning talk radio show say, regarding Chuck Colson, “He hasn’t changed! He’s still the same crook he was back in his ‘hatchet days.’ People can’t change! Can a leopard change it’s spots?” I rather doubt he knew he was quoting a biblical text, lest he appear “weak-minded.” But this text does appear in the Old Testament scriptures. Jeremiah 13:22-27 is the passage and reads in part,

And if you ask yourself, “Why has this happened to me?”—it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated. Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil. (Jer.13:22f.)

 But Jesus came to seek and save the lost, to give life abundantly and to heal the sick. These are all examples of transformation. That it happens in regards to one’s sexuality is just plain miraculous, and reveals the power of God’s grace.

But I want to land more squarely on the imperative part of that passive imperative. The word imperative means command or obligation. This is something that must be done. There is no excuse, no way of getting out of it.

We could look at this imperative in a couple of different ways. First, we could say that the passivity of the change is the imperative, and secondly, that the transformation itself is imperative. I believe both are key aspects to be discovered and lived out.

Let’s look at them each separately. The passive voice is not one of the more masculine aspects of human life. Actually, it is a very feminine way of responding to what is happening around oneself. C.S. Lewis once wrote that “compared to God, we are all feminine.” That is, we can only receive from him, we cannot give to him. He is completely lacking nothing and in want of nothing. So in relationship with God, we must come to him in a passive, receptive sort of way. This is our stance toward God. The virgin Mary embodied this posture in her response to Gabriel at the announcement that she would bear the son of God, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 NRSV)

Our culture balks at feminine ways of responding within relationship. We see it as weak and ineffective. We abhor the “door mat” syndrome we witness in the way some people relate. And we hate being the door mat ourselves. But I submit to you, that is false femininity. That is not a reflection of the “image of God he created them . . . female,” according to Genesis 1:27. However, it does require humility, chief of the feminine virtues.

And when you think of it, that is how we all must come to God in relationship—open to receiving his gifts of life.

Let’s move on to the requirement of the transformation itself. Paul seems to be saying that being transformed is not an option. The Christian doesn’t get to choose if he should be transformed or not.

The world knows this in an intuitive way when they say, “I can’t become a Christian, because I don’t want to give up X, Y or Z.” Yet, some Christians balk at this out of a superficial desire to live in “freedom” under grace. (I see this insubordination to the will of the Father, and therefore, sinful in its rebellious attitude.)

But look at it this way. All the  language in scripture about salvation reveals a profoundly transformational effect on the life of the Christian:

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matt. 4:17) Jesus uses the word repent which is a word about changing one’s mind and one’s ways.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17)

“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God.” (Rom. 6:11)

Neither . . . male prostitutes nor homosexuals . . . will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified . . .” (1 Cor. 6:9-11)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed . . . Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree.” (Matt. 13:31f. ) The transformation of the mustard seed illustrates what happens in the kingdom of God. Though the essence of the tree is potential within the seed, one must start with the seed in order to get to the plant or tree. When it comes to kingdom life, change is of the essence and in the essence.

Jesus’ parable of the yeast yields a similar kingdom reality: everything that is “infected” by the yeast changes and grows.

Paul is not PRE-scribing change or transformation to becoming a Christian, he’s DE-scribing the Christian life in reference to the changes that must have had to have taken place. I believe that this is the way it is. Paul, in effect, is saying that when new life comes to you in connection with your relationship with Christ you will change. It’s what happens. It is evidence that new life is really, truly there. If A, then most definitely B! If not B, then it’s fair for folks to question A.

When some come along and demand not B (“We don’t have to change!”), I question the validity of A (their new life). While some may condemn this as “judging others,” I see it merely as discerning the fruit.

Jesus said, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them . . . Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:15, 20f.)

Now we don’t pursue change. Nor do we make it our goal. Nor do we demand it of others. Transformation, however, is not a without effort. We pursue and we encourage the imitation of Christ, encourage the imitation of Christ, humility. We want to become like Jesus in every way. The change comes, therefore, in connection to Christ. No one can get too close or be too connected to Christ. Instead, the closer he gets to him, the more he becomes like him. And that affects us to the core of our being. Even our sexual identity.

Now change is a threat to the secular world. They become uncomfortable around changes. They’re thrown off-kilter. And who can blame them? We’re the same way. We resist change. We love sameness. We can predict it, we can bank on it, we can get used to it. With change, none of these conveniences are affordable. And this simply illustrates one of the great differences between kingdom life and principles, and the kingdoms of this world. In the kingdom of heaven, change is valued. In the world, change is to be avoided.

This seems ironic, doesn’t it? Especially with current language pitting conservative against liberal, condemning evangelical Christians as right-wing extremist “conservatives.” In light of this, a Christian ought to be the most liberal of them all —loving and promoting change in his own life and in the lives of  those around him. We’re bucking the trend here, people! And that’s bound to illicit opposition.

JHOP Closed over Christmas and New Year’s

The Justice House of Prayer will be closed Monday, December 22 through Monday, January 5 over Christmas and New Year’s. JHOP will reopen at 8 AM on Tuesday, January 6.

JHOP Closed for Holidays

The Justice House of Prayer will be closed Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving and Monday, December 22 through Monday, January 5 over Christmas and New Year’s. JHOP will reopen at 8 AM on Tuesday, January 6.

Many Thanks

In the month of November in our country, we are given the opportunity to celebrate “thankfulness.” Family and friends come together for feasting and fellowship. As we experience each other’s love, we once again realize we have good reasons to be thankful.

Before eating the Thanksgiving meal, my family has the tradition of going around the table to each individual, sharing the things for which he or she is grateful. There is always a tear or two shed as we are once again reminded of God’s many blessings in our lives.

God has certainly blessed us through you at Outpost Ministries. Thank you for your generous prayers and financial support of our ministry and staff. You may be familiar with the fact that staff are charged with finding ministry partners to pray for and fund their work here. It’s not an easy calling, nor is it easy work. You play a critical role in this endeavor.

Allow me to go around the Outpost “table” and highlight each individual staff. Thank you for your partnership with Dan Puumala. Dan has been a faithful friend and loyal colleague to me for the past 18 years. We have “fought the good fight” together. Dan is stalwart and unrelenting in his stand for truth. His cry for justice for the broken-hearted shakes heaven on a daily basis.

Thank you for your support of Dave Rasmussen. Dave and I have been on this journey together for 18 years—first as clients, now as staff. Dave carries the tender yet strong heart of the Father. He has given his life, including his retirement years, to seeing the broken-hearted made whole in Jesus’ name. Dave is a hero to many—to me, included.

Thank you for your partnership with Brad Baar. Brad is determined and highly motivated. He has certainly played a vital role in taking Outpost Ministries to the next level. When I first met Brad, he had never heard John 3:16 before. Next spring, he will graduate with a degree in Biblical Studies. I am so proud of Brad! His hard work and determination have been and will continue to be a blessing to many in the Body of Christ.

Thank you for standing with Nate Haugen. Nate is a warrior. I have watched him transform right before my eyes into a strong, diligent servant of Christ. God has given Nate a voice to call other young men out of darkness into His marvelous light. The Lord has also gifted Nate to be a bridge between Outpost and the Church.

Thank you for your prayers and support of Ariel Liesch. Ariel is one of the strongest women I know. Her stand for righteousness is clear and authoritative. Ariel is a beautiful example of what the Lord can do with a heart that is wholly surrendered. Now Ariel helps other women find the peace and joy of sweet surrender.

Thank you for support of Dave Osborn. Dave is humble, kind and servant hearted, which makes him very powerful in God’s Kingdom. Dave has been a God-send to Outpost. He has brought profound order and structure to this organization. I know his reward in heaven will be great.

Thank you for your partnership with Zak Johnson. Zak is generous and cheerful, two qualities the Lord loves. He is also funny, and the humor he provides is good medicine for many a weary soul. Zak is committed to calling a generation into the good of their gender and into the wisdom of righteousness.

Thank you for your prayers and support of Chantal Eckhart. Chantal is mature and capable, hardworking and devoted. Chantal is grounded in the Word of God. Her life in God is a testimony of her deep love for Jesus and of her burning desire to see justice for the nations. Chantal is humble in heart yet a rock star in God’s Kingdom!

Thank you for standing with Alicia Determan. Alicia has the voice of an angel, and her songs move angels and demons. Alicia has been such a blessing to Outpost. Not only has she blessed us with her gift of music in the Justice House of Prayer, but she has brought great order to the area of Human Resources. This woman is mighty in the Kingdom.

Thank you for your support of Dale Fredrikson. Dale is a deep, smart and caring individual. His hard work and longevity over the years give him a unique and powerful voice in the Kingdom. Dale has championed many of the young men at Outpost and has helped them find truth in their inward most parts. On top of that, he keeps our computers running smoothly!

Lastly, thank you for partnering with my wife Candace and me. Candace has, for many years, been the anchor of this organization. She has a mind for details and makes sure our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed. I am sure we have avoided many catastrophes because of her. Most recently, she completely overhauled our website and logo.

I have been so blessed with a remarkable team. THANK YOU, GOD! And, once again, thank you for being a part of this work of the Lord. We could not do it without you. May God richly bless you as we begin this Holiday Season.

Homosexuality: How Do We Respond? Seminar October 11

Sojourn CampusHomosexuality: How Do We Respond? Church, 310 18th Ave SE in Minneapolis, is organizing and hosting Homosexuality: How Do We Respond?  A half-day seminar on a biblical response to same-sex attractions. Topics include: The Bible and Homosexuality, Root Causes and Healing, A Practical Response and a Q & A time with speakers. The seminar is on Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM-3:30 PM, with registration beginning at 9:30 AM.  Admission is free; pre-registration is recommended. For more info and to register, visit www.sojourncampuschurch.net.   Parking is available at the 4th St. Ramp, 1625 4th St SE, Minneapolis (cost will range from $6-$12).

JHOP Expands Tuesday Hours!

We are excited to announce that JHOP will now be open every Tuesday from 8 AM until 10 PM beginning October 7!  As a result of the JHOP Launch Party and related events, we now have the strength and resources to add a full day of live worship and prayer to our prayer room schedule. In addition to our Tuesday hours, we are open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM until noon. We look forward to adding more hours as resources allow!

It’s Time

As a junior in high school, I attended a youth conference. At this conference, one of the speakers challenged us to spend one hour each day in prayer. At the time, such a challenge felt impossible. To me, prayer was boring; it was something you did simply out of duty. I could not imagine a prayer life that was enjoyable or life-giving.

Upon graduating from high school, I moved to the Twin Cities for college. I was struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions and desperate for God’s intervention in my life. It was also in college that I found out about Outpost Ministries.

At Outpost, I learned that God is still speaking and that He wants to have the kind of relationship with me where we talk to each other. The Creator of the universe wants to talk with me?! I was blown away. I learned that this dialogue with God, rooted in His written Word, was the essence of true prayer.

Suddenly, an hour of prayer each day seemed too short. I couldn’t get enough of the voice of the Lord. I was amazed at how much joy and peace and life one could find in the place of prayer. It was at that time that my journey into wholeness in Christ was profoundly accelerated. The Word of the Lord was healing my heart.

Several years later, I attended another conference, this one specifically on prayer. At the conference, we were challenged to spend extended times with the Lord in the place of prayer. It was at this conference that I heard the Lord challenge me to spend two hours of my day with Him prayer. Interestingly enough, I once again thought such a challenge was impossible. After all, I was busy with ministry!

Needless to say, the Lord won this wrestling match. Every day, I went to my church and spent two hours singing and praying the Word of God. It was during this time that I fell in love with God’s written Word. I was deepened as a lover of God, and my ministry finally began to bear fruit.

Several years later, the Lord once again challenged me, this time to spend three hours of my day in prayer. I wish I could say I had learned my lesson, but once again I fought the Lord. My ministry had really taken off. I was busy about advancing the Kingdom! Where was I going to find another hour for God in my busy schedule?

In faith I said yes to this next challenge, and I began to give the Lord three hours of my day in prayer, worship and study of His Word. It was clear that the Lord was jealous for my time. What an amazing reality to comprehend. God is jealous for me and wants to spend time with me! Three hours each day became a very small price to pay in exchange for the glory of a deeper knowing that I am the Lord’s beloved and He is mine. Interestingly enough, the more time I gave the Lord, the more I actually accomplished in a day.

Now I choose to live a lifestyle of prayer. Half of my workday (four hours) is spent in prayer, worship and study of God’s Word.  What’s more, I believe that God is calling His Church to a lifestyle of prayer and worship in this hour. This is the only way we will survive and thrive in the face of the coming storms. I have committed myself to building the house of prayer, a place for God to fellowship with His people. This corporate expression of unceasing prayer and worship is God’s strategy for overcoming the darkness in our land and releasing justice to His people.

Beloved, it’s time for 24/7 prayer and worship in the Twin Cities. It’s time to push back the darkness. It’s time to partner with the Lord in releasing His justice in the earth. It’s time. The Lord is raising up houses of prayer all around the globe right now in an unprecedented way. Will you join the Father in what He is doing? Will you join the prayer movement? Will you join us?

A Voice in the Wilderness

For those of us who cling ferociously to what we call “traditional biblical values”—that is, families which have two grown-ups in charge, a him and a her—the modern age has grown bewildering. The gay lobby now exerts immense influence in the public sphere, the LGBT community has taken the place of the Christian church as ambassadors of all that is considered right and moral, and Facebook members will find that their profile page now offers them 51 gender options to choose from.

Does all of this seem to you like something you’d rather not talk about? It did to me too. I found this whole topic to be depressing, frightening and generally unpleasant. Until, that is, I got to know Outpost Ministries.

Outpost is an outreach to men and women who are choosing to confront unwanted same-sex attraction. I’ve known about and supported Outpost for many years without thinking about it very much because a staff member is a close friend. It seemed a viable, worthy cause—you know, like the Food Shelf or Toys For Tots. A niche ministry among many.

But more recently, my understanding has deepened and my tune has changed, to the point that I’ve just accepted an invitation to join Outpost’s team. I’ve come to see Outpost as one of a small group of Christian organizations which are taking a stand and leading a charge against a strategic, global campaign of our Enemy. I believe now that what they (we) are doing is vital and urgent. It is so central and important to our Church as a whole. In fact, if they or somebody like them don’t do the kind of work they are doing, then our nation is headed pell-mell into chaotic darkness.

That’s a very large claim. It is either grandiose or true. To defend it, I must beg a little patience while I explain. Here’s how it works: we humans exist to love and be loved by God. That was God’s purpose in creating us. It is His great risk because in order to stand a chance of receiving back the kind of love He gives us, He had to make us like Him—able to choose.

And because we are like Him, we have the same choice in loving one another as we have in loving Him. God put us on the earth and gave us each other to love so that, in doing so, we may learn to love Him. That’s where the fun starts.

The human creature begins as a baby, a cute, little cherub full of needs but with absolutely no idea what love is or how to do it. He/she must be taught. By whom? Obviously, those people on whom the little tyke must depend for his/her every need, the caregivers. Ideally, a mom and dad.

As God does with the Church, the parents reach out in love to their little one. This begins on day one, and even in the womb. Baby responds in kind, and a mutual bond of trust, affection, identity and ownership begins to grow. And from this essential, primary bond, the child can then branch out to loving others and God.

But this scenario presumes that the parents in question live in a perfect world. They know what love is, how to do it, and are capable of teaching it to their child—perfectly. If they don’t, then even though the child may get fed and clothed and outwardly seem well-adjusted, one possible result when he/she grows up is—you guessed it—same-sex attraction.

At Outpost what we’ve found is that our clients come to us with versions of this same story. The result is that those children grow into adults who have a desperate need—because we’re all made that way—to love and be loved, but they can’t because they lack the ability to bond. They are often well-versed in social skills and forms of religion, but on the inside they are brutally isolated—from others and from God.

Well, that’s a sad story, but how is it a large-scale catastrophe? What makes it a battlefield (in what we loosely call “spiritual warfare”) is that through stories like this, our Enemy gets what he really wants: human beings who, through their inability to bond, are cut off from God, functionally unable to respond to His love. And because of this, the Enemy has moved every resource he can find in support of this dynamic.

The result is that in recent years the gay lobby has steadily gained in political, social and moral ascendancy; to the point that now, in the US and even in the Western world in general, to disagree—to advocate for biblical values—is considered virtually indistinguishable from a hate crime.

And the outcome—what the Enemy gets out of all this—is the destruction of the family as the foundational institution of human existence. And without a family, primarily a loving mom and dad, how can children learn to respond to God’s love?

I grew up in a small town called Bemidji, MN, and I miss it, partly because it’s such a safe, rational, sane place. If you live in a place like that, or go to a church like that, it probably seems like a very normal place. But it isn’t. Not any more. It is now one of many, shrinking pockets of relative sanity in a larger culture which seems grimly intent on shredding itself into meaninglessness.

A sad part of this story is that throughout this macro upheaval, the Christian Church has remained largely silent. In fact, many main-line denominations, responding to political pressure, have begun to waver and have even made declarations against biblical values. And many church leaders, while privately sticking to their beliefs, are unwilling to take a visible stand because they fear the storm of invective which may come their way if they do.

Outpost is one of the very few Christian organizations—a voice crying out in the wilderness, as it were—which is in the business of saying “No!” to these designs of the Enemy. And yes, we’ve paid a price. We’ve been misquoted, maligned and vilified in the press, vandalized, etc., but in the process, we’ve seen many men and women walk a path of humility and healing which results in new hope, restored gender identity, and families where their own kids are learning how to love.

But of course, Outpost is bigger than that. It has to be. Whether we really wanted to or not, by default Outpost carries a very public banner which says that all is not lost, the family as an institution is not an outmoded myth, and God still works through moms and dads to raise up children unto Himself.

That is why I think Outpost is so important. This isn’t just a worthy cause, this is vital. The need is vast and urgent, and we need workers.

And we need you too. We need you to open your hearts to the tearing need which inhabits the world outside our homes and churches. We ask only one thing from you: that you get with God and ask him what part he wants you to play. Will you do that?