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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.
There is No Middle Ground

There is No Middle Ground

Though October 31 has come and gone, Protestants must not put aside its significance and relevance for another year. We must make an effort to regularly remind ourselves of that sacred day in 1517 when the Spirit of God used the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), to launch the Protestant Reformation.  Luther was a prophetic voice that took no prisoners with his theological assertions.  His theological persuasion and unbreakable dissent emerged from his knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. …

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Judson’s Christ-Centered Spirituality

Judson’s Christ-Centered Spirituality

In his dying days after spending hours in meditation and prayer, the first American missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), would rejoice with tears of joy in the overwhelming love of Christ.  He was Christ-centered to the end.[1]  One biographer rightly maintained that Christ-enamored theme of Ephesians 3:18-19 (KJV) dominated Judson’s spirituality from his conversion through the rest of his life:  To comprehend the breadth and length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge—this became,…

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Praying from Scripture for Missionaries

Praying from Scripture for Missionaries

There are numerous ways a church can pray in order to support their missionaries.  Because the church might not always know those immediate, pressing issues in the missionary’s life, praying from God’s Word is always valuable and applicable in every season and place.  Here are seven simple ways to pray for missionaries from Paul’s charge to Timothy (2 Tim 2:1-7): To Be Strengthened in Christ. Pray that the missionaries would be strengthened by the grace of Christ; pray that they would…

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Book Review

Book Review

In his book, The New Shape of World Christianity, Mark Noll reflects upon the contemporary phenomenon called the Global South—the widespread expansion of Christian adherents in parts of the world, such as Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which have historically been non-Christian.   As has been documented thoroughly, the face and culture of the Christian church has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. Summary This book is unlike so many others that document statistics, trends, and changes in global Christianity;…

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Judson’s Priority to Please Christ

Judson’s Priority to Please Christ

Adoniram Judson believed that obedience to Christ’s commands, and especially Christ’s ultimate and final command, was preeminently pleasing to Christ.  Before the Boardman Missionary Society at Waterville College, in 1846, Judson spoke about pleasing Christ, as the foundation of mission work: If any of you enter the Gospel ministry in this or other lands, let not your object be so much to “do your duty,” or even to “save souls,” though these should have a place in your motives, as…

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