9/11: A Missiological Reflection

I still remember where I was and what I was doing on that morning 16 years ago today. As my co-workers and I gathered around a television to see what was going on, we watched with a mix of confusion and horror as the second tower of the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground. […]

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“Where should I serve God?”

Psalm 42 is a consistent landing spot for me in my own personal devotions and in my counsel to others. For me, this Psalm is the stuff of life. Polished it is not. It is full of questions, confusion, and emotion. David expresses pain, sadness, and despair; yet, in the midst of this soul tsunami […]

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Cold Call Evangelism

REPOST(TOP 10 POST OF YEAR) #9 This Fall I’m enjoying something I couldn’t do for a season because of back issues: take students out to knock on doors and do some cold call evangelism. I actually enjoy this; however, in a Post-911, post-Christian America, the way I do cold call evangelism (unannounced gospel-sharing to strangers) […]

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The Missionary Call

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” William Carey We are all commanded to Go and Tell but it is the “to whom” and “to where” that we have to answer. Nik Ripken writes in his book The Insanity of Obedience that “Our conversations about call should […]

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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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Missionaries need the Bible

At the risk of being labeled Captain Obvious, let me begin with a simplistic yet important statement: Missionaries need the Bible. Ministry is fulfilling, but it is also hazardous. Language, culture, and new experiences of spiritual warfare compound these hazards for the missionary. In the midst of long days and nights of ministry, missionaries often […]

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Intended to provide spiritual encouragement by reflecting on the words of great men and women of the past concerning the missionary task “I am needed in China . . . and I am going to run a different race there.” Eric Liddell Eric Liddell was an Olympic gold medal winner who served as a missionary […]

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