Important African-American Missionaries You Should Know

There are so many missionaries throughout history who are inspirational not only to those aspiring to serve as missionaries, but also to those who need encouragement to live boldly for the sake of the gospel. Of those missionaries in the modern mission era, there are are several African-American missionaries who endured discrimination, persecution, and hardship […]

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Astronauts and Missionaries

This December marks the 50th anniversary of the exhilarating Apollo 8 mission. I recently listened to the accounts of how these men trained to accomplish what seemed like an impossible task, and then later worked together as a team to accomplish that very task in Jeffrey Kluger’s Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First […]

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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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Remembering David Hesselgrave

Monday evening, May 21, Dr. David J. Hesselgrave passed on to eternal glory. David was a former missionary to Japan, founder of the Evangelical Missiological Society, a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1965 until retirement, and author of several landmark books related to missions. He was one of the most influential evangelical missiologists […]

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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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Missionaries You Should Know: Betsey Stockton

Betsey Stockton, the first single woman missionary in the modern mission era, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1798. At an early age, she was given to the wife of Reverend Ashbel Green as a domestic slave. At that time, Dr. Green served as the president of the College of New Jersey, now known […]

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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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Why put Missions on Hold to Go to Seminary? Continuing the Conversation

The International Mission Board released a blog last week that answered the question, “Why put missions on hold to go to seminary?” (https://www.imb.org/2018/03/13/why-put-missions-on-hold-to-go-to-seminary/) I agree with the IMB’s answer. I’ve lived this question. I remember sitting on the floor of my apartment in seminary begging the Lord to answer it. While desiring to be overseas, […]

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Losing Two Missionaries: How Should we Pray?

Yesterday, Southern Baptists lost two missionaries. According to reports I have seen, Randy and Kathy Arnett were killed in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have known, and worked with, Randy and Kathy for several years as they worked to develop theological education opportunities for African pastors. While we all know […]

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