What is the Mission of the Church? Over the past several decades, this question has been a matter of considerable debate among Christians. Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or can it be broadened to include socially-oriented activities? Some missiologists, for example, see mission as […]

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Yesterday was one of those travel days you hope to avoid, and once you’re in the middle of one, you hope to forget it as soon as possible. At least it started out that way. I was trying to fly through Atlanta to make it home to see my bride and catch a bit of […]

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An advertisement for Ligonier Academy in Table Talk magazine reports that 16,000 pastors leave the ministry every year. Is that a staggering statistic to you, too? In addition to the ones who leave the ministry, think about the number of men who are forced out of churches, or those who remain but are burned- out […]

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I just returned from a trip to Calderón, Ecuador. My wife and I took a short-term mission team from Ninth & O Baptist Church, Louisville, KY to minister there during Spring Break. One of the greatest blessings of the trip was being able to take my daughter-in-law Carol and my grandson Abraham. He wasn’t able […]

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I hear these questions a lot. In the middle of a very sincere conversation at a church, conference, or after a seminary class, the questioner will assume a very serious, matter of fact tone and ask a question like: What’s your most memorable missions experience? What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? What […]

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It was snowing when we left church Sunday night, not a heavy snowstorm, just a light snow in very cold temps. Since the next day was a holiday, I decided to get up and head to the squirrel woods before daylight. The woods were deafeningly quiet as they always are with snow on the ground. […]

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It’s the fourth Thursday of November and the calendar says we should be giving thanks today. The culture says we should be eating everything that doesn’t move and watching television until we are lulled into afternoon naps. But I would be thankful today whether the calendar reminded me to be or not. God has been […]

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