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Reflection & Book Review on “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes”

Reflection & Book Review on “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes”

[Editor’s Note: D. J. Baber is a student in the MAGL program at Western Seminary. As a field-tested missionary, he provides much insight into the claims and propositions of the book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, by Brandon O’brien and Randy Richards.]   “…the most powerful cultural values are those that go without being said”, write Richards and O’Brien’s in their book “Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes”.[i]  The authors labor diligently, not so much to bridge the cultural gap so that the…

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Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 3

Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 3

Why is it impossible for self-love to be the foundation of genuine Evangelical spirituality? 4a.  For Edwards there is no room for self-love in the believer as foundational.  John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.”  God is the mover the first initiator to regenerate a man and therefore once a man sees the awesomeness, majesty, beauty, and holiness of God he should be captivated by it apart from its personal benefits.  To see God as He…

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Author Interview: Burns on Judson

Author Interview: Burns on Judson

On February 15, 2017, Dr. Marv Newell, Senior VP of Missio Nexus, aired an interview of Dr. E. D. Burns, highlighting the new book: A Supreme Desire to Please Him: The Spirituality of Adoniram Judson. The mission of Missio Nexus is to advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission. Here is the audio interview:

Four Essential Traits of a Cross-Cultural Urban Christian Mission Agent (P2)

Four Essential Traits of a Cross-Cultural Urban Christian Mission Agent (P2)

For the followers of Christ to effectively obey the Great Commission to preach the gospel into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, it is indispensable, indeed, for an urban Christian mission agent to have a cross-cultural, multilingual mindset. We already mentioned in the first part of this discussion two of the four habits of the mind that a cross-cultural urban Christian mission agent should develop, namely: A passionate love for the Triune God and a strong…

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Four Essential Traits of a Cross-Cultural Urban Christian Mission Agent (p1)

Four Essential Traits of a Cross-Cultural Urban Christian Mission Agent (p1)

In times past, foreign mission agencies made the acquisition of cross-cultural skills an absolute requirement for their missionary candidates to possess before sending them out to the ends of the earth. In today’s modernized and highly urbanized world where 54% of the 7 billion people on earth live in cities, the importance for an urban Christian mission worker to have a cross-cultural mindset can’t be overemphasized. The multilingual, multicultural harvest field is right here in the cities! This is why…

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