When my husband, Todd and I were in Sardis, Turkey this past fall, we learned about the temple to Artemis, the fertility god. Her worship incorporated practices that were cruel, demeaning, wild and empty. People eventually get tired of counterfeit gods, and it’s the Church’s job to be available and bold at that moment, so the first person they see is expressing Christ-like love. The brick building in this picture on the left is a 4th-century evangelical church, parked right up against the chaos.
Beth Guckenberger is the Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries and founder of the Reckless Faith Movement. Beth and Todd have a large family they’ve formed through biological, foster, and adoptive children. She is an author and speaker, sharing her experience as a mother, a missionary, and a student of God’s Word.