Becoming a Great Commission Christian

*A version of this post was first published at www.thomrainer.com. Five times in the New Testament, Jesus gave us a version of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-47, John 20:21, Acts 1:8). Reaching the nations is clearly on God’s heart. To help you and your church move in the direction of God’s […]

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He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose -Jim Elliot Jim Elliot was a member of the famous missionary team to the Aucca Indians. He, along with several other missionaries were murdered by natives and his story is recorded in the book Through Gates of Splendor. […]

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God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow him. Hudson Taylor Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission. He is one of the most influential missionaries. His story can be read in many places, one of the most widely read text is a book about his […]

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9 Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Read the Daily News

*A version of this post was first published at www.thomrainer.com. If you’re a church leader, whether laity or clergy, I know you’re busy. I get tired just thinking about non-stop meetings, prospect visits, member ministry, lesson and sermon preparation, e-mails and phone calls, community responsibilities, reading, and dozens of other tasks – not to mention […]

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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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