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evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

Section 3: Evolution of the Evangelical Position [In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] In the aftermath of two world wars, and as technology began to bring the needs of the world into living rooms, Christians could no longer claim ignorance to the issues of the world. Evangelicals began questioning evangelism only mission and began to reach back into the Scriptures for biblical support for social action and…

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Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Formation in Chiang Mai (2/2)

[This post is the second of a series by Joshua Melby, a global Christian leader in Chiang Mai, Thailand.] Historical Examples Historically speaking, hymn-singing was emphasized more than prayer in evangelicalism. However, leaders like Jonathan Wesley, teach us that prayer is important. All across the world, Christians incorporate it into their private devotional time. Communal prayer has definitely been a feature of the evangelical movement with regular prayer meetings since the eighteenth century. Scholars like Ian Randall note that prayer…

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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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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. E. D. 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…

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Spurgeon: Gospel Missions

Spurgeon: Gospel Missions

Here is a great sermon by Charles Spurgeon about the missionary calling and lifestyle. Here is a manuscript of this sermon. It is a much needed correction to the short-lived, anti-self-denial mood of 21st century missions: