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Mini-Seminar: “Suffering and Persecution in the Global Christian Context”

Mini-Seminar: “Suffering and Persecution in the Global Christian Context”

In light of the unrelenting adversity that the global church faces in our day, global Christians need to revisit a theology of suffering and martyrdom. In June 2017, The Judson Center hosted a mini-seminar entitled, “Suffering and Persecution in the Global Christian Context.” The two presenters were:

Dr. Evan Burns: Director of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program at Western Seminary and Director of The Judson Center.

Dr. Marv Newell: Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus.

Below are three videos:

  1. Dr. Evan Burns — “The Bitter Cup:” Self-Denial and Suffering in the Spirituality of Adoniram Judson
  2. Dr. Marv Newell — Missiological Reflections on Martyrdom
  3. Drs. Evan Burns and Marv Newell — Question and Answer

Reflections on Martyrdom”


Announcement: Missio Nexus takes on EMQ

Announcement: Missio Nexus takes on EMQ

Missio Nexus and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College have reached an agreement for Missio Nexus to continue publication of Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ).

For nearly half a century, EMQ has served the missionary community worldwide by providing relevant, engaging, thoughtful articles on a vast array of ministry topics. EMQ is one of the top journals for missiologists and is the premier journal for the North American mission community.

Ted Esler, Missio Nexus’ president, said, “EMQ is a perfect fit for the Missio Nexus community. Many of our programs are aimed at mission leadership and administration. We have been looking for ways to expand this and serve global field staff with a greater focus on field ministry. EMQ is the journal written by and serving the needs of these mission practitioners. It is a great fit alongside our many other membership benefit offerings.”

Missio Nexus plans to make EMQ available by:

  • Adding EMQ to an already extensive list of membership benefits. With over 20,000 globally dispersed missionaries represented by members, EMQ’s readership will expand.
  • Providing a subscription option for those who are not members of Missio Nexus.
  • House the archives of past EMQ journals and make them publicly accessible.

The first edition of EMQ under Missio Nexus’ leadership will be published in 2018 as a digital publication. Existing EMQ subscribers will be informed about the changes and updates to their subscription in the months ahead.

About Missio Nexus: Missio Nexus is the largest and most inclusive expression of Great Commission oriented evangelicals in North America (US and Canada) that fosters shared learning, opportunities for collaborative action, and produces increased effectiveness through its many mission-orientated products, programs, and services.

Announcement: Lausanne and Operation World Agree to Partnership

Announcement: Lausanne and Operation World Agree to Partnership

Good news for missions mobilization and prayer for the nations:

The Lausanne Movement and Operation World have made a formal announcement today. Lausanne begins the statement saying,

“The Lausanne Movement and Operation World announced today that they are entering into a unique partnership to mobilise prayer for the nations and world evangelisation.”

For the full article, see Lausanne’s announcement here.

10 Questions for Evangelistic Conversations

10 Questions for Evangelistic Conversations

Dr. Don Whitney has a great resource on his website called, “Ten Questions to Ask to Turn a Conversation Toward the Gospel”.  Actually initiating a gospel-focused conversation is usually the hardest part.  Here are ten questions he has found helpful for turning a conversation toward the gospel:[1]

  1. When you die, if God says to you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?”, what would you say? Are you interested in what the Bible says about your answer?
  2. If you were to die tonight, where do you think you would spend eternity? Why? Are you interested in what the Bible says about this?
  3. Do you think much about spiritual things?
  4. How is God involved in your life?
  5. How important is your faith to you?
  6. What has been your most meaningful spiritual experience?
  7. Do you find that your religious heritage answers your questions about life?
  8. Do you have any kind of spiritual beliefs? If what you believe were not true, would you want to know it? Well, the Bible says . . . .
  9. To you, who is Jesus?
  10. I often like to pray for people I meet; how can I pray for you?



[1] Copyright © 2002 Donald S. Whitney.

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The Book of Heavenly Wisdom

The Book of Heavenly Wisdom

Adoniram Judson believed deeply in the power of the written Word. So firmly did he rely on the power of the Scripture that he printed and distributed his own tracts to a people who were not highly literate. Though the common person had some elementary literacy level, it was uncommon to spread news in general through the printed page. However, Judson still sought to spread the gospel through literature and Bible. Against all conventional wisdom, he was remarkably successful in his tract distribution. Having seen the amazing conversion fruit of tract distribution in Burma, he penned this poem, relishing the Word and its power to draw souls to Christ.

He never saw

The book of heavenly wisdom, and no saint

Had told him how the sinner might be saved.

But to his hut

A little tract—a messenger of love,

A herald of glad tidings—found its way.

The hue

Of death was on his cheek.

His burning brow

Told of the pain he felt.

Still no saint was near

To tell of joys to come.

No man of God

Stood by his bed to soothe the final hour;

But he had peace.

“When I am dead,” he saith, “put ye the little book

Upon my breast, and let it go with me

Down to my sepulcher.  It taught me all

That I have learned of God, and heaven, and hell.

I love the man who wrote it, and that God

Who brought it to my home.”[1]


[1]Middleditch, Burmah’s Great, 288-289.