This year I have endeavored to read through the Bible chronologically, and so far so good! This week I’ve been in 1 Kings, and today I came to the story of the great prophet Elijah. Chapter 17 opens with Elijah predicting three years of no rain, and the Lord telling Elijah to go out and … Continue reading I Am Him, And He Is Me
My family and I are preparing for service in Paraguay, South America with New Tribes Mission. The biblical goal is to "make disciples of all the nations" - literally to every people group.(Matthew 28:19). As found in the book of Acts, we see that Paul and many others in the early church put this into practice … Continue reading Second-Class Missionary?
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1–2) Five families in the early 1950's moved to Ecuador to reach the isolated Waodani tribe with the Gospel of … Continue reading Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Lastly, we come back to missions. The first Adam failed to use his helpmate Eve to accomplish the tasks assigned to him in the mandate. But Jesus didn’t fail as Adam did. Jesus, the last Adam has a helpmate as well. I hope by now you can see that Adam was a type of Christ, … Continue reading The Great Commission as Dominion Mandate and ‘Plan A’
Let’s back up from yesterday's theological discussion and ask a broader question: Why did God give a command to Adam and Noah, and give a promise to Abraham? Why the change? I think God still had Gen. 1:28 in mind. I think that God was planning to display the fulfillment of Gen. 1:28 through the … Continue reading Christ, the Image of God and Goal of Redemption
It is my opinion that missionary work received it’s call into existence not in Matthew 28:19-20 but in Genesis 1:26-28. Missions is more than a New Testament idea. I believe that we’re given the full picture of missions in Genesis 1. Some people call Genesis 1:28 the ‘Cultural Mandate’ while others call it the ‘Dominion … Continue reading The Image of God and the Dominion Mandate
On this day, April 7, 1321 brother Thomas of Tolentino and three other Franciscans monks witnessed for Christ. On either the 8th or 9th of April, after torture, they were beheaded. Traveling toward China the party had been detained near Bombay. A local Cadi summoned them to discuss religion. Thomas and his associates upheld the divinity of Christ. … Continue reading “What Do I Say of Muhammad?”
Anne Hasseltine and Adoniram Judson were married on February 5, 1812. The next day, when Judson was ordained to do foreign mission work, Anne (whom he called “Nancy”) was beside him. Within a few days they boarded the sailing ship Caravan to sail to India. Judson’s eventual success in Burma (now known as Myanmar), where they ended … Continue reading The Deepest Desire in Adoniram Judson’s Wife
Here is a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families, small groups, co-workers, youth groups, college groups and dorms to gather together for four hours to hear from gifted teachers on the need and means of taking the gospel to the nations. You can watch the Cross conference live, for free, here. Just REGISTER TO WATCH. And if you’re hosting … Continue reading CROSS: A 1 Night Missions Conference – FREE (2/27)
In September of 1984 John Piper almost got fired from his church for writing an article in the churches magazine entitled, "Missions & Masturbation." He did not get fired, but he did almost get fired. You can see why when you read the article below. So read carefully what follows - it can be graphic. … Continue reading Missions & Masturbation – How John Piper Almost Got Fired
As a pastor I read over all the reports/updates from all of the missionaries and missions organizations our church supports and after reading through many of these I've found a trend. "______ has been healed!" "______ has had a dramatic spiritual encounter and no longer has convulsions." "______ was completely healed of all ailments." "In … Continue reading The Danger of Seeking the “Extraordinary” Work of God
Before I comment on Edwards, I want to note that today is the day Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully and Pete Fleming were speared to death by the tribe they were trying to reach with the gospel in Ecuador (January 8, 1956). I thank God for these men. Their example is one … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 7
Justin Taylor: Only time will tell, but it seems that the first annual Cross student missions conference was a historic event, perhaps a key moment in mobilizing God’s people to help the nations be glad in him. Here are all of the main sessions—summarized with video. (I assume audio will be forthcoming here.) Trip Lee Kick-Off Summary: … Continue reading Cross Conference Videos and Summaries
A helpful piece from Trevin Wax on the brother of the missionary we all know. Last month, I had a conversation with Michael Kelley about his book, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life. Michael tells the story of Bert Elliot, brother to missionary Jim, as an example of what faithfulness over a … Continue reading Jim Elliot’s Brother, Bert: The Hero You Don’t Know
Often times I feel Christians forget that missionaries are missionaries because they are being supported by a group of people committed to the cause they're spreading. If those people are not present to give their money to fund these missionaries (not to mention prayer to uphold them) the missionaries cannot go. Below is a video … Continue reading God is Calling, Will You Answer?