The Other Prodigal Son

In Luke 15, Jesus depicts God’s compassion for the lost by telling one long story with three chapters. The last of these is popularly called “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” We all know the story of a young son who dishonors his family by claiming his inheritance while his father was alive and then […]

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The Weekly Amen

The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to Amen. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS Hope […]

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The Tension of Evangelism

Tension. What does this word conjure up in your mind? I asked a class this week whether their immediate response to the word “tension” was positive or negative. Almost all said negative. We see tension as something bad, something that’s a nuisance at best or a hindrance at worst.  I would beg to differ. Our […]

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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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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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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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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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