Musings and Meditations

“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” — Samuel Zwemer Missionary history is a fascinating story. There is passion, intrigue, bravery, death, success, love. In truth, anything you want in a good story can be found in the stories of God’s missionaries as they traveled the world and carried the gospel to […]

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Musings and Meditations

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and […]

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Gods of this Age

What lessons can those of us living in a hyper-modern world learn from a missionary anthropologist who wrote about primitive folk religion and animism? Several years ago, missionary anthropologist Paul Hiebert wrote an important article, “The Flaw of the Excluded Middle.” The article sought to explain how the worldview of Animists should determine missionary strategy. […]

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Easter and God’s Mission

This week is the most important of the Christian calendar. We celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus and we remember our salvation. As Christians with a passion for missions, this week serves as one of our primary sources of motivation. This post presents a brief glimpse into God’s mission and shows how Easter sends […]

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Musings and Meditations

“It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.”
 – John R. Mott What have you done recently to fulfill the Great Commission? I […]

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Why Read History?

Several months ago, I was asked to develop a free online course on the history of Christian missions. (If you are interested, in the course, click here) At first, I wondered why in the world would anyone want to study history. I like history, but for many people that makes me weird. But you know, […]

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Musings and Meditations

You cannot commend what you do not cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord.”  Missions begins and ends in worship. — John Piper   You will talk about what you love . . . You will not talk about what […]

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Musings and Meditations

When we set agendas in accordance with human preferences and interests, the idea that we either have, or obey, a Great Commission is belied. When we redefine mission so as to encompass anything and everything the church and believers actually do, or even ought to do, we surrender the distinctive priorities of the Christian mission […]

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Calling out the Called

About 30 years ago, a wise pastor and a group of church leaders made a decision that literally changed my life, and the lives of tens of thousands of others. As I understand the story (I wasn’t there), the pastor believed that internal and external forces placed a limit on the church’s growth potential. The […]

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Musings and Meditations

If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples;  even though some of them still look down on me.  -St. Patrick of Ireland When I teach the history of missions, I refer to St Patrick as our “Missionary Rock Star.” After all, he is the […]

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