Category: Missions

Good Foundations at the IMB

At the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, many Southern Baptists received a copy of the new IMB document, Foundations, at the IMB exhibit area. The document’s stated purpose is “to answer foundational questions of who we are and what we do with implication... Read More »

An Incredible Name

One of the most interesting discussions you can have with Muslims has to do with their 99 names for God. They are supposed to continually think about these names as a way to worship and also understand how magnificent God is. I like to ask them to explain some... Read More »

The Vision Thing: Necessary or Optional?

Proverbs 29:18a, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” refers to supernatural revelation. The word translated as vision also appears in Jeremiah 23:16b in a warning about false prophets: “They are leading you into futility; they speak ... Read More »

Are We Acting Wisely Toward Outsiders?

Prior to the Apostle Paul’s closing salutations and personal remarks in his letter to the Colossians, he commands the congregation: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). As one who desires... Read More »

You are beautifully made by God

This summer, I was visiting my son Thomas and his wife Holley, who are missionaries in Belgium. Besides longing to see them, I was interested to see a local expression of the European attitude to Christianity and religious belief. Thomas and Holley had already... Read More »

Complicated Salvations

Dry dusty roads led into the village. Worshipers gathered. As a missionary guest that day, I preached at that church. Lively music and dancing are typical of African worship. This day was no exception. It came time for an evangelistic invitation. A sub-chief w... Read More »

Retreat: Not an Option

In the midst of the raging culture wars and a sharply divisive political environment, Christians in America can often feel schizophrenic over how they should relate to our culture. Should the church retreat from the world and form Christian communities—tiny ... Read More »

A Prayer for Partners in the Advance of the Gospel

“I want you for U.S. Army.” “We do more before 9AM than most people do all day.” “Be all that you can be.” Most of us will recognize these statements as maxims used in the past by the U.S. Army. One of the Army’s more recent slogans was, “An ar... Read More »

Demographics in America: No Longer a Black and White Issue

Immigration is one of the most divisive political issues of this presidential election cycle and has raised the collective blood pressure of our nation. As a nation of immigrants and, more importantly, as churches, it is imperative that we understand the past,... Read More »

Transformation vs. Relevance (Romans 12:1-2)

Not only does God in Christ take people as they are: He takes them in order to transform them into what He wants them to be. Along with the indigenizing principle which makes his faith a place to feel at home, the Christian inherits the pilgrim principle, whic... Read More »