Gods of this Age

What lessons can those of us living in a hyper-modern world learn from a missionary anthropologist who wrote about primitive folk religion and animism? Several years ago, missionary anthropologist Paul Hiebert wrote an important article, “The Flaw of the Excluded Middle.” The article sought to explain how the worldview of Animists should determine missionary strategy. […]

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Why Read History?

Several months ago, I was asked to develop a free online course on the history of Christian missions. (If you are interested, in the course, click here) At first, I wondered why in the world would anyone want to study history. I like history, but for many people that makes me weird. But you know, […]

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The Little Things Make the Biggest Differences

Last week I pointed out how observing the ant in Proverbs 6 could make us more effective evangelists. This week I look at the back half of Proverbs 6:6—11 and point out some important lifestyle pointers for ministers and missionaries. Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, […]

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Misperceptions on Missionaries, Part 1

REPOST(TOP 10 POST OF YEAR) #5 A missionary friend encouraged me to write a post about misperceptions about missionaries, so I did some research among missionaries. Here are some commonly believed misconceptions about the lives of missionaries that I found. “We are saints.” They’re not, they told me. They’re regular people answering God’s call to […]

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3 Missionary Loves

REPOST(TOP 10 POST OF YEAR) #6 In June of this year J. Robertson McQuilkin passed from life to life. McQuilkin was quite an extraordinary man. As a former president of Columbia International University and former missionary to Japan, he leaves behind a legacy of unshakable faith in the Lord. For those unfamiliar with McQuilkin, what […]

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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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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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“Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.” – J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission – Are you facing a trial that seems impossible? Has God placed a calling or dream in your heart that is beyond your abilities? It is easy to let these challenges […]

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Training Missionaries in Seminary

Each semester I meet with students who are passionate about missions. For many, their divine call and the pressure they feel as the learn about the needs around the world tempts them to bypass training and jettison theological education. In my experience, this is a recipe for disaster. Success in missions requires more than enthusiasm […]

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