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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The Missing Piece in American Missions

The International Mission Board (IMB) gave The Center of Great Commission Study at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary sobering data on the current missionary personnel as of January 2017. The data revealed that there are currently about 3500 missionaries serving internationally and the ethnic backgrounds represented  among missionaries showed the following: 0.44% of current international missionaries […]

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Musings and Meditations

“Mission is the Mother of Theology” — Martin Kähler That word strikes dread in the heart of many Christians. Some think theology is a boring series of lectures, devoid of any practical application. Others are concerned that it is the tool preachers, and other leaders, use to bully people or create division. These reactions are […]

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The Little Things Make the Biggest Differences

Last week I pointed out how observing the ant in Proverbs 6 could make us more effective evangelists. This week I look at the back half of Proverbs 6:6—11 and point out some important lifestyle pointers for ministers and missionaries. Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, […]

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“Mission is understood as being derived from the very nature of God” — David Bosch Where did the idea of missions come from anyway? Missions is expensive. Missions is inconvenient. Missions is frightening. Missions is frequently promoted with guilt and seems impossible to accomplish. There is no question these statements are true. But these, and […]

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What can an Ant teach us about Evangelism?

Proverbs 6:6–11 challenges the reader to observe an ant to gain inspiration for daily life. Many have used these verses for business and personal management. This post considers the ant in relationship to the spiritual discipline of personal evangelism. Last week, I gave some simple solutions to common problems with personal evangelism. You can see […]

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 “All roads lead to the judgement seat of Christ.” Singer Keith Green Does it matter what a person believes, as long as they sincerely believe it? One popular answer to this question is, “No.” Religion, they claim, is man’s attempt to find peace with God and whatever works for you, is perfectly acceptable. Some even […]

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Your Curriculum Won’t Make Disciples

Henry Blackaby. Beth Moore. “Explore the Bible”. “The Gospel Project”.  I’m thankful to God for them all.  Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” helped me to understand that as a Christian I needed to “Find where God is at work and join Him.”  Moore taught my wife that her identity is in Christ through a myriad of her […]

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“I love to live on the brink of eternity.” David Brainerd What concerns you daily? Do you worry about finances, children, health, or a job? These concerns are all normal, yet we are frequently distracted by earthly issues and we ignore eternity. The Psalmist wrote: “My life span is nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal […]

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Married Couples & Missions

Too often throughout the history of Christian missions married couples in missions have been discouraged, defeated, and even destroyed due to the innumerable stresses, pressures, temptations, sins, sufferings, sorrows, pains, physical and spiritual. Paul in Corinth and a married couple in missions: Paul left as a commissioned apostle/missionary (a sent-out church member for the sake […]

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