The Other Prodigal Son

In Luke 15, Jesus depicts God’s compassion for the lost by telling one long story with three chapters. The last of these is popularly called “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” We all know the story of a young son who dishonors his family by claiming his inheritance while his father was alive and then […]

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Musings and Meditations

The Gospel is not how people get to heaven. The Gospel is how people get to God. John Piper Why Missions? This question haunts me, and maybe it haunts you too. When we think about the financial cost, the personal sacrifice, the family separation, not to mention the physical danger, the question makes sense. If […]

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Why White Supremacy Frustrates the Mission of God

A Missiological Response to Charlottesville Tragedy In the immediate aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia I felt that I needed to write something on behalf of our Center for Great Commission Studies. But, I did not want to merely repeat what others were already saying; it didn’t feel that was a good use of […]

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Another Option

Recently, among Evangelical Christians, there has been much discussion about an important book by Rob Dreher, The Benedict Option. The book contains his recommendations of how Christians should live in what he labels a “Post-Christian Nation” His suggestions appeal to the life and work of St. Benedict. I first heard of this idea when it […]

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Musings and Meditations

I have found there are three stages in every great work of God: First, it is impossible; then it is difficult, then it is done Hudson Taylor Are you facing difficulties? Is there something in your life that you do not believe you can overcome? Are you trying to re-write a painful past? Perhaps you […]

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Musings and Meditations

Man has two great spiritual needs: One is forgiveness The other is for goodness. — Billy Graham — When I encounter someone who’s life is falling apart, I can be so judgmental. They are lazy. They are immoral. They are irresponsible. Rarely do I think – they are looking for God and haven’t found him […]

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Musings and Meditations

When all is said, that can be said on this issue (of lostness), the greatest remaining mystery is not the character of God nor the destiny of lost people. The greatest mystery is why those who are charged with rescuing the lost have spend two-thousand years doing other things. . . — Robertson McQuilkin — […]

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From the Professor’s Desk

As you all know we desire to produce relevant biblical content regarding missions practices and theology for our growing readership. We have primarily focused producing great written content so far and this has help us get some great resources out for public consumption. Another way we want to communicate is through video, speaking about various areas […]

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ON THE 2017 MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

This week several thousand Southern Baptists will gather in Phoenix, Arizona for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. The gather is both a business meeting as well as a showcase for SBC ministries.   Baptist historian, Leon McBeth wrote: The “delegates” who met in Augusta, Georgia, in May 1845 to form the Southern […]

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Musings and Meditations

Do all the good that you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.  –John Wesley — “Sit down young man. When God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it […]

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