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Chiang Mai: What Could Have Been

Chiang Mai: What Could Have Been

How would Chiang Mai City of Thailand be described if it were the city that could-have-been, the city that-is and the city that-will-be? In Dr. Roger Greenway’s book, Cities: Missions’ New Frontier, and in his audio-taped lecture for the course on Urban Mission and Ministry, he fascinatingly described three city scenarios. The three contrasting scenarios include the cities that-could-have-been without the Fall of Man, the city that-will-be in Revelation 21 and the cities-that-are with all their fallen characteristics, quirks and…

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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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Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 3)

Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 3)

Jesus’ model of discipleship may be summarized as involving prayerful preaching and teaching of the kingdom of God to which people respond in faith. This is followed by a significant investment of time with those followers in order to give pointed instruction, correction, and modeling. The goal of this discipleship is a changing of one’s life to become increasingly kingdom-oriented and reflective of the life and priorities of Jesus. Disciples who grow and mature will themselves begin to make disciples…

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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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Bosch’s Spirituality of the Road (p. 1)

Bosch’s Spirituality of the Road (p. 1)

In a mere ninety pages, the great missionary-theologian, David J. Bosch (1929-1992) was able to deliver one of the most powerful commentaries on Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, calling it, “…the best case study in missionary spirituality that has ever been published” (12)[1]. This book flowed from the sessions in the Mennonite Missionary Study Fellowship in the Spring of 1978, but is just as relevant, if not more, almost forty-years later. It was written to address the…

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