Hope for the Disillusioned West

Secular ideologies over the past several centuries have, by and large, failed to achieve their goals for Western society. David Bosch writes, “The dream of a unified world in which all would enjoy peace, liberty, and justice, has turned into a nightmare of conflict, bondage, and injustice.” The result has been profound disappointment and disillusionment […]

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Ethnocentrism and God’s kingdom

I recently listened to a podcast that highlighted the ethnic tension that has increasingly been at the fore of our pluralistic culture in America. It specifically looked at how the growing population of Somali refugees in St. Cloud, Minnesota has unsettled many of its local citizens. Some of their concerns regarding this influx of refugees […]

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Power and Proclamation

Early in the book of Acts, Jesus identified two currents that were to propel the gospel forward into the unreached world. Acts 1:8 records Jesus telling his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to […]

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Ministry without the Spirit

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently copied the entire book of Acts into a document, and began crossing out every mention of gospel proclamation, along with all that resulted from it. Additionally, I crossed out all references to the power, work, and leading of the Holy Spirit. You can find this annotated […]

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Paul without the Spirit

When recently reading through the book of Acts, a thought hit me: What would Acts look like if all instances of speaking the gospel and all instances of the power and leading of the Holy Spirit were removed? According to Acts 1:8, those are the two endeavors that were to form the central thrust of […]

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Praying is Partnering in Missions

Believers in the States can often feel like they have no genuine role in the mission work that is happening in different parts of the world. They feel distant and disconnected—unable to contribute. Yet the Bible reveals a different reality, one in which all believers play a vital and effective role in the mission of […]

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