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Author: Evan Burns

Evan Burns (Ph.D.) directs the Adoniram Judson Center, and he works as the Director of the M.A. in Global Leadership program at Western Seminary. He is also on faculty at Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, and he lives in Southeast Asia with his wife and twin sons. They are missionaries with Training Leaders International. They have previously served as long-term missionaries in the Middle East and East Asia. He is on the executive committee for the Southeast Asia Network for the Gospel and for the TGC Inland Northwest chapter.
Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Martin Luther’s theology of the cross, in contrast to a theology of glory, greatly pervaded many of his other theological systems.  This theme is immensely significant because it attacks the very root of all our sinful tendencies—pride.  A robust theology of the cross not only draws us to exult in the glory of Christ in his humiliation, but it also calls us to imitate his ‘kenosis’ even to the point of death on a cross.  The cross and the crypt…

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The Lausanne Movement: Collaboration & Content

The Lausanne Movement: Collaboration & Content

I am taking a moment to unashamedly promote a great resource that is under-utilized and generally unknown among the evangelical, missions-minded world. The Lausanne Movement has been at the forefront of developing both innovative and biblical missiology since the 1970s. I serve as the Deputy Director for Collaboration and Content at Lausanne, and in my editing/curating, I regularly discover wonderful articles and essays that deserve consideration. On the website there are many great resources. Here are a few places to start: The About…

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The Eye of True Wisdom

The Eye of True Wisdom

In a sermon on Proverbs 14:8, the Particular Baptist pastor, Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), looked long and hard at the virtue of godly wisdom.  He extracted many helpful principles from this verse, and one of the most insightful comments he made was how to use the Word of God in getting wisdom.  He says that the Word functions in two main ways in teaching us wisdom.  It shows us what the destructive end will be of folly, from which wisdom deters…

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“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a master at taking a familiar biblical text and staring at it long and hard until he saw mountains of spiritual treasure emerge.  He read the Bible as a beggar in search for bread, and he never stopped looking even in places he had searched before. Here is a simple example of his active meditation on a familiar text—“The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt 6:9).  Let us seek and find the riches of God’s Word, even in familiar…

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“The Grand Theme of the Christian Ministry”

“The Grand Theme of the Christian Ministry”

In a sermon entitled, “Preaching Christ,”[1] Particular Baptist Pastor, Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), carefully considered what it means for true ministers of the gospel to truly preach Christ.  His sermon is very relevant in that he argues for the central place that preaching Christ must take in the ministry of a true gospel minister. From his main text—“We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor 4:6)—Fuller considered the preaching model of the…

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