Missional Routines

Routine – 1. a regular course of procedure 2. habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure Those definitions really make you want to jump out of bed and get busy, don’t they? I know, we all hate the idea of routines. They seem so mechanical, so unspiritual. They’re so . . . well, routine. […]

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Astronauts and Missionaries

This December marks the 50th anniversary of the exhilarating Apollo 8 mission. I recently listened to the accounts of how these men trained to accomplish what seemed like an impossible task, and then later worked together as a team to accomplish that very task in Jeffrey Kluger’s Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First […]

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State Demographic Research Project

The Strategic Focus Team of the Baptist State Convention of NC is looking for Southeastern students who can help with demographic research during the Fall 2018 semester. Our research has identified the top 250 pockets of lostness across the state. Think of these pockets as gospel deserts; small geographic areas where the unchurched population is growing […]

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Urban Missions

Several months ago, the United Nations released data showing more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The projection is that before 2050, that number will climb to two-thirds. According to the report posted on CNN.com: Today, 55% of the world’s population is urban, a figure which is expected to grow to 68% […]

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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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Remembering David Hesselgrave

Monday evening, May 21, Dr. David J. Hesselgrave passed on to eternal glory. David was a former missionary to Japan, founder of the Evangelical Missiological Society, a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1965 until retirement, and author of several landmark books related to missions. He was one of the most influential evangelical missiologists […]

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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 Through the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem! This week marks the start of the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, the month of Ramadan. This holy month celebrates the sending down of the Qur’an as guidance for humanity. For Muslims, this month entails the discipline of fasting (sawm) during daylight hours, a celebration of unity throughout the Muslim world, and […]

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