Rob Burns is a pastor in Detroit at Detroit Chinese Alliance Church and has also served as a missionary in the Balkans. Today, Rob shares his story of his calling into cross-cultural ministry both overseas and in the United States. Rob and I go way back to his seminary days. At the time, I was in college and we worked together. He remembers my wife bringing us brownies. I remember him as an astute critic and observer of events and one of the best conversationalists in the world. To have a conversation with Rob means you’ll walk away smarter and with much to think about.
Hope you enjoy his story and the conversation!
Stories Rob shared:
- The missions trip God used to awaken a cross-cultural calling
- The clever way a neighbor shared Christ with Rob and his family
- What his experience of God’s speaking to him is like
- Examples of how the Spirit has led him in ministry
- The cross-cultural ministries that captivated he and his wife
- How Christ speaks into every culture
- The ways he tends to relate to God
- Why he thought of himself as Batman on the mission field
- Why Rob wishes he was doing more to pass on his thoughts to the world
- His best advice for people doing cross-cultural ministry
- Why losing our confidence in Christianity is dangerous
Great quotes from Rob:
“God’s too big to be held in a book.” quoting Bruce Cockburn
Christ speaks to every culture and belongs to every culture.
When I’m in those [hard] moments, I respond to duty.
Don’t be bashful about following Him.
Resources mentioned by Rob:
- Eric Ortlund’s blog
- Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere (Amazon affiliate link)
- Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere (Amazon affiliate link)