What Hath Business to do with Missions?

The missionary task, as commonly understood by Evangelicals, involves the communication of the Christian message to the unbelieving nations, intentionally crossing cultural, linguistic, social and/or geographic barriers. The hope is that the gospel will be received and that new believers will become obedient followers of Jesus. Missionary anthropologist Paul Hiebert has described this spiritual transformation […]

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Greatest Week Of SBC Cooperation

A lot will be said about cooperation in the Southern Baptist Convention over the next couple weeks. We will gather in Dallas and participate in our cooperative convention. We will talk about Cooperative Program giving. We will learn about the work of our cooperative institutions, boards and agencies. We will even commission missionaries and pray […]

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A Missionary Vision of the Middle East

The events of the week remind us of the fragile nature of life in the Middle East. Our attention has been drawn to the hostilities, loss of life, and social upheaval in Israel, and the surrounding area. The Bible instructs us to pray for peace in Israel and we should pray. Below I want to […]

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Praying for Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran dominates the US news cycles again. There are conversations about sanctions, gas prices, and debates about political posturing. At Southeastern, Iran has a special place in our hearts for different reasons. The first ever Southern Baptist missionaries to Iran, Dr. George, and Joanne Braswell were students on our campus and […]

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How Our Calendar Helps with Evangelism

“What is Easter? I have never heard of it before.” This question shocked me. Who hasn’t heard of Easter? I was sitting in a class in Germany. My wife and I had been studying German for several months with people from all over the world. The teacher announced that the class would not meet Friday […]

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Losing Two Missionaries: How Should we Pray?

Yesterday, Southern Baptists lost two missionaries. According to reports I have seen, Randy and Kathy Arnett were killed in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have known, and worked with, Randy and Kathy for several years as they worked to develop theological education opportunities for African pastors. While we all know […]

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Mayhem and the Mission

This is an adaptation of an earlier blog post that can be found here. Links to other articles for further reading included below. Our country has been once again rocked by an act of savagery beyond the scope of our imagination. Questions swirl. Politicians seek policy answers. Parents struggle to answer questions from their children. […]

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On the Changing President of the IMB

By now, most would have heard that Dr. David Platt has asked the trustees of the International Mission Board (IMB) to begin searching for a new president. (Click here for news story) For many, this news comes as a shock. For some, it may even be a point of frustration and fear. The IMB is, […]

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This is Love

Hey Everyone, here is a Hint: Valentine’s Day is this week — Wednesday to be more specific! Well, now that that PSA is out of the way, let’s get down to business. What does Valentine’s Day have to do with missions? Here are a couple thoughts. 1. Love is the driving force for missions. Why […]

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