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Sep 17, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Read Part One (The Importance of Character and Character Development; Understanding Soul Care; Setting the Scene for Soul Care—What Leadership Must Think About).

Three Approaches to Building a Soul Care Movement

The end goal of establishing a Soul Care movement is to shape ...

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Sep 10, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part One)

As Richard stood staring out his office window, he knew something was wrong. His enthusiasm for ministry that had accompanied him for nearly thirty years was gone. He was tired, spiritually dry, and growing bitter about his situation.

Soon after making the move to the home office ...

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Aug 30, 2017
missional, attractional, incarnational, church, evangelism

Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality

Every Christian should be missional and every church should be attractional.
Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality
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Much has been said and written to help today’s churches become more missional. Organizations, parachurch communities, and conferences abound in trying to move the Church in this direction. This emphasis is certainly justified in light of how many Evangelical churches are ...

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Aug 6, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

Read The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims, Part One (The Calling of Levi: Jesus Invites the Marginalized; Levi’s Feast: The Challenge of Hospitality to the Marginalized; Jesus Reveals His Motive; Jesus and the Samaritans: Enemies ...

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Jul 30, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

We live in a rapidly changing world in which massive amounts of people move from one place to the next. Many people who have come from other places live on the margins of society as socially excluded international refugees or immigrants.

One out of every 122 people worldwide ...

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Jul 23, 2017
missions, EMQ

Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

Professor uses Dr. Seuss as a case study.
Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

There are a lot of books and articles that help prepare God’s people for working in other cultures. Most of the material provides insights into cultural difference and for understanding how to adapt to, interact with, and share the gospel with those from another culture. ...

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Jul 18, 2017
literacy, orality, Bible translation

Literacy, Orality, and the Web (Part Two)

What oral communication can accomplish in Bible translation projects that print communication alone cannot

Read Literacy, Orality, and the Web, Part One (How to Make an Oral Preference Society Prefer Reading).

What Scripture Communication Medium Should Come First?

Before going any further, let me say that suggesting a primarily oral society should remain in their primary oral communication ...

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Jul 16, 2017
missions, EMQ

Seven Myths Perpetuated by Missions People

Like being one degree off course, the negative outcomes increase in severity.
Seven Myths Perpetuated by Missions People

Over the past thirty years I have noticed that many of us have a tendency to inadvertently promote half-truths that we think advance the cause of world missions. By half-truths, I mean concepts that are partially true or seem true on the surface, but in fact are myths.

At times, ...

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Jul 14, 2017
missions

Remember the Other Carey: Unsung Hero of the Modern Missions Movement

Lott Carey was born a slave, purchased his freedom, and carried the gospel to Africa.
Remember the Other Carey: Unsung Hero of the Modern Missions Movement
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A few weeks ago I was asked to write an essay tracing the history of the modern missions movement based on an assigned text. I worked through prominent figures in the modern missions movement and traced its development in India, on the African continent, and throughout the South ...

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Jul 12, 2017
hospitality, witness, refugee

Our Hospitality Mandate (Part One)

What Does an Authentic Christian Reception of Syrian Refugees to the United States Look Like?
Our Hospitality Mandate (Part One)
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Anecdote of Hospitality

While I was preparing with a team to go on a missions trip to Israel’s Jewish absorption centers, I met a young lady named Rosebud who was taking a break in the fast food restaurant where she worked.

As Rosebud and I chatted, I discovered she came ...

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Jul 11, 2017
literacy, orality, Bible translation

Literacy, Orality, and the Web (Part One)

What oral communication can accomplish in Bible translation projects that print communication alone cannot

Communicating the gospel through oral means is nothing new. There is arguable evidence that Synoptic Gospel material arose out of non-literacy, “a movement from saying to composition.” The written gospel eventually took on greater authority. Consequently, the recitation ...

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Jul 7, 2017
church planting, evangelism, NAMB

Introducing the Director of the New Send Institute

New institute is a partnership between the Billy Graham Center and the North American Mission Board.
Introducing the Director of the New Send Institute
Image: Steven Vance

I'm grateful to be chosen as the Send Institute’s inaugural Director and am honored to work alongside Dr. Ed Stetzer at Wheaton College and Jeff Christopherson at the North American Mission Board.

I've had the joy of planting a vibrant multi-ethnic church in downtown ...

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Jul 4, 2017
rural church, small town

Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom and Bust World

representing God in places that have been burned by short booms and long busts
Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom and Bust World
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About 20 minutes from where I live, one can find the unfortunately named town of Pithole. At least one could have found the town had one been looking between January 1865 and August 1868. During these years, Pithole came to signify life in a boom and bust world.

After the first ...

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Jun 29, 2017

China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Two-thirds of Chinese Christians attend a house church.
China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom
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My host touched the ‘down’ button in the elevator of a high-rise apartment. Its door opened and we stepped out into underground parking. We maneuvered around cars and crates in the musty and dark basement. Then, to my surprise, I saw through a door a red cross with ...

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Jun 28, 2017
evangelism, church planting, church revitalization

How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?

As the mission field changes, churches will change.
How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?
Image: Matt H. Wade

I frequently get asked about the future of outreach. Let me be honest, and perhaps you already know this: outreach will not get any easier.

Let me share at least three reasons why I believe this is the case.

First, our culture will continue to experience a decrease in nominal ...

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