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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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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Praying for Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran dominates the US news cycles again. There are conversations about sanctions, gas prices, and debates about political posturing. At Southeastern, Iran has a special place in our hearts for different reasons. The first ever Southern Baptist missionaries to Iran, Dr. George, and Joanne Braswell were students on our campus and […]

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Resources: New Books on the SBC

Here at the CGCS, we like to highlight resources that edify, equip, and encourage students, alumni, pastors and even lay church members in their efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to make our readers aware of two important books about the mission and function of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read an excerpt of […]

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Global Missions Week Fosters Great Commission Focus

“Our main call is not to this location; it’s to be disciples and make disciples.” Phil Bartuska, a missionary in Vienna, Austria, encouraged students with this message along with other panelists at “Knowing Your Call,” one of the many Global Missions Week events hosted by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SEBTS) Lewis A. Drummond Center for […]

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Question Your Lens

Advertisements for Google Pixel 2 state, “Question your lens.” Their three current commercials are a combination of fun, heartwarming, and thought-provoking. In one, a group of African Americans from a lower income neighborhood turn out to be caretakers of horses that bring the whole neighborhood together. In another, a seemingly traditional 86 year old Japanese […]

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The Disciple-Making Shift

In a now famous study of popcorn by Brian Warnsick at Cornell, movie goers were given two sizes of popcorn buckets. Each of the buckets was massive, too large for one person to consume all the popcorn. The question: when given an overwhelming amount of popcorn to eat, would the size of the bucket matter? […]

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Video Highlight: Interview with Derrick in Puerto Rico

Check out this video by Doug DuBois as he interviews Derrick Rudolph. Derrick is a M.DIV. student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently serving in Puerto Rico through the CGCS and SEND Relief with NAMB as the island recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Watch as Derrick introduces himself, explains his passion for these people, and describes one of the biggest things he's learned during his time in Puerto Rico:


To read some of Derrick's personal updates from Puerto Rico, click here or here.