There's a Sheep in My Bathtub

There's a Sheep in My Bathtub

by Brian Hogan

There's a Sheep in my Bathtub chronicles the adventures of the Hogan family as they try to follow God's leading into one of the world's most remote and mysterious enclaves.

An intensely personal memoir, this book still manages to pack a powerful dose of missionary insight and Biblical principles for seeing the Church explode into life among peoples that have never even heard of Jesus.

Winter, Founder, U.S. Center for World MissionI wept, laughed and was stirred by this book.

--- Floyd McClung., author of Living on the Devil's DoorstepBrian Hogan's apostolic passion shines through with an incredible combination of raw honesty and witty humor.

A gripping real-life parable unfolds that will have you laughing, weeping and rejoicing at the amazing testimony of God's grace and power revealed through ordinary people facing extra-ordinary obstacles.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book as it not only tells an amazing story, but also becomes a discipleship tool that reveals to us a whole new paradigm of church and missions.

--- David Broodryk, Kingdom People Network, South AfricaIf you want a radically cross-cultural journey without leaving your favorite easy chair - this book is your ticket.

If you desire to plant churches that reproduce among the least reached - this is your training manual wrapped up in a most delightful, brawny and instructive story-box!

I laughed - I cried - and wrestled through the realities of what it means to leave the easy chair and watch God prove Himself faithful - accomplishing His dreams for a people through one ordinary and obedient family.

Brian Hogan is courageous, practical and real.

His journey is a challenge to all those who want to be used by God. Brian's thinking will stretch and grow you; his passion and lifestyle will confront every comfortable corner of your life.

--- Carol Davis, director of LeafLine InitiativesBrian Hogan's Erdenet-story had been told to me a number of times as a real and astonishing exception and a true, powerful secret.

Brian experienced church history in the making in 1993-1996.

May his insights multiply like an epidemic and grip an entire new generation of an apostolic people, so that this planet will never remain the same.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Christian
  • Rating: 4.12
  • Pages: 266
  • Publish Date: October 30th 2017 by Asteroidea Books
  • Isbn10: 0998611115
  • Isbn13: 9780998611112

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But for the church planting team described in Brian Hogans Theres a Sheep in My Bathtub located in Erdenet, Mongolia, three and a half years was all the time it took (I somehow missed from the book that Erdenet is Mongolias second largest city, a fact I picked up afterward). Breakthroughs included miraculous healings and other signs and wonders from Gods Holy Spirit, and came most conclusively in a way that missiologists would not have planned-- Mongolians observing how Christians experience grief over the loss of a loved one. Cross-cultural church planters working overseas have to guard against sticking around longer than we should. So please excuse me as I limit this review to observations made from the perspective of a cross-cultural church planter in a rural setting in another Asian country. Successful church planters work with whoever is responding to God and seek to join the Father in what He is doing (105). This concentrating on the basics doing church the simple wayis what Im asking God to help us do in our local small group. 3. At times I wondered if the author had received enough training and if some of the predicaments he encountered early in the book (being stranded with his wife and kids in the middle of winter in China and then again in Mongolia without housing during major holidays) might have been the result of insufficient planning and training (although the author seems to say he knew what he was doing because of his background teaching the Prospectives Missions Course). 5. Cells and Celebrations: After going to weekly celebrations on top of the foundational house church small group meetings, the authors team noticed a puzzling trend: the house churches stopped growing and multiplying. But the big Celebration meeting continued to grow with new people choosing it as their connection to the church. Years later the author found an answer to this dilemma: Whenever there was a real reason, such as a visiting apostle (in this book, the same as missionary or international worker), prophet, teacher, worship group, or testimonies about miracles, they could gather all the churches in a large Celebration. 7. Demographic Fit: In spite of how the work began in the beginning (mostly with school age girls), as Gods Spirit continued to work the team noticed how older people were responding to the Good News.

Also an amazing peeling back of the curtain as the fruit of a deeply felt grief comes to light.

Rather, the movement continued to thrive and grow, and Brian has gone on to train other church planters around the world to simplify things and put their trust in the Holy Spirit.

For observations into mission work in the 90s and some of the difficulties facing missionaries during the time, this book makes for an insightful read.

Great book with lots of information on Mongolia and the culture that is very interesting.

The author, Brian Hogan, came in as a guest speaker and shared the skeleton of the story which he has fleshed out in his book, There's a Sheep in My Bathtub. What the Hogan family experienced in Mongolia was miraculous in the extreme--a sometimes harrowing and sometimes abundantly fruitful quest to begin a church-planting movement amongst both the ethnic Mongolians and the ethnic Russians in Erdenet. Having heard the story once before from Brian himself, I already knew the basics of what was coming, but that didn't mitigate the emotional impact of his infant son's death from SIDS or the joyful act of passing the baton by the Western missionaries to the Mongolian elders only three years after beginning their work in Erdenet. I think stories like Hogan's are interesting and moving, but also potentially discouraging. There's a Sheep in My Bathtub may prove to be more for the Christian at home in the West than for the missionary heading for the front lines, especially since this is much more of a narrative than it is a template for other missions.

From the backside, what they and their ministry partners accomplished in a little more than three years seems remarkably fast and almost too easy: the birth of a healthy, indigenous Mongolian church, with no further role or need for expatriate missionaries. By the time the Hogans departed, though, one of the beautiful things was that the "Jesus Assembly" on Erdenet closely resembled the demographics of that city. One element of the strategy that stands out is that the Hogans and their partners were careful not to introduce their cultures into the new church. I was also struck that the foundation of the Jesus Assembly in Erdenet was a collection of house churches consisting of no more than 15 disciples.