A rising voice in the missional movement, Palmer Chinchen is passionate about creating a fresh desire among Christ-followers to reach out to a hurting world. His latest book, True Religion: Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth, examines the idea of living a life sacrificially poured out for Christ. Chinchen believes that those who are willing to give their lives away to change the world will find their own lives changed forever through that process. He challenges believers to love the Lord with all their mind and soul, with all their strength and heart, and as this love is poured into the work of Christ, believers will experience God moving them in a unique direction that will carry them into new and exciting areas of service.
Drawing from his experiences while growing up in Liberia, West Africa, and later Malawi, Chinchen speaks with authority about the needs facing our world today. His memories of the ravages of war and disease, as well as the effects of extreme poverty, fuel Chinchen’s desire to see God’s people become passionate about reaching beyond their comfortable church pew and reaching out to those in need all over the world. As believers learn what it means to pour their lives out for Christ, they will, in turn, show the world a true reflection of God’s heart for His creation and open doors that will enable the truth of the gospel to reach untold numbers of people for Christ. Believers will also find that they are truly living life as God intended and that the risks, the passion, and the rewards of following Christ are more exciting and fulfilling than they ever dreamed.
Chinchen has spent most of his adult life leading groups of people on global ministry experiences all over the world. He is convinced that the church can be radically transformed if they will dare to give their lives away for Christ. True Religion is his challenge to God’s people to join in a global missional movement and change the world. He is particularly passionate about eliminating poverty, ending the unjust treatment of women ensnared in the slave trade, and eradicating malaria. He feels these goals and many others are not only possible but also represent the beginning of what God’s church can and should do. Making an eternal difference in the souls of men begins by reaching out to them where they are. True Religion does indeed take pieces of heaven to places of hell on earth.
When asked to summarize his book in one simple statement, Chinchen answers, “When you give your life away to change this world, God will change you.” David C Cook will be sponsoring the “True Religion Missions Trip Scholarship” June 1-October 31. The winner will receive $1,000 to apply towards a short term mission trip. For more information, visit http://www.truereligionbook.com/.
About the Author: Palmer Chinchen has served as pastor of The Grove in Chandler, Arizona, for the past seven years. He grew up in Liberia, West Africa, and as an adult has led many people on numerous mission trips around the world. He has served in college ministries in Wheaton, IL, and southern California and has taught Spiritual Formation at African Bible College. Chinchen is passionate about Christians responding to affliction and injustice in the world. He holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and a BA and MA from Biola University in California. He lives with his wife and four children in Chandler, Arizona.
by Palmer Chinchen