After the election for Christians

Today, our country stands in the aftermath of the most contentious and confusing political election in recent history. We feel that it would be wrong for us to ignore this moment; however, we also want to remind our readers that the mission of God’s people is larger than one election in one country. We have […]

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Christians on Halloween

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in 2009. Since we are once again approaching Halloween, George Robinson’s (Hedrick Chair of World Missions and Professor of Missions and Evangelism) thoughts on Christian participation (or not) in the holiday remain pertinent and helpful. (Here) October 31st. For most Americans this date means one thing: **Halloween.** Costumes, candy and […]

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Power and Proclamation

Early in the book of Acts, Jesus identified two currents that were to propel the gospel forward into the unreached world. Acts 1:8 records Jesus telling his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to […]

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Diwali

The Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins Sunday, Oct. 30th. It’s a five-day celebration that holds deep significance for your Hindu friends, neighbors and co-workers. Here are a few things to know about Diwali: Lights and firecrackers are everywhere during this time. Diwali is a bright and loud celebration. […]

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Your place is here|Your time is now

We are living through a very difficult time in our country. Friendships are being strained. Children are being exposed to embarrassing information. Hostility is oozing (maybe even spewing) from every pore and crack in society. Old wounds are ripped open and old enemies seem to be mounting again. It is frustrating. It is frightening. It […]

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Mirages on the Mission Field

I truly believe that people give themselves to trust in whatever they believe will give them life. In a previous post, I discussed inordinate loves and the missionary. If our loves are misdirected then we misplace our hope. On the mission field, there are many mirages, or illusions that promise life but end up leaving […]

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Training Missionaries in Seminary

Each semester I meet with students who are passionate about missions. For many, their divine call and the pressure they feel as the learn about the needs around the world tempts them to bypass training and jettison theological education. In my experience, this is a recipe for disaster. Success in missions requires more than enthusiasm […]

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Paul without the Spirit

When recently reading through the book of Acts, a thought hit me: What would Acts look like if all instances of speaking the gospel and all instances of the power and leading of the Holy Spirit were removed? According to Acts 1:8, those are the two endeavors that were to form the central thrust of […]

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The Haunting Undeniable Truth of the Bible

I will never forget the day I sat across from a group of young men who had recently become Christians. They had grown-up in a country with very few Christians and with a very limited access to the gospel. They received Christ with great joy, but were then immediately struck by the reality that no-one […]

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