Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

[Editor’s Note]: Kellen Criswell, student in the MAGL program at Western Seminary, has contributed a thoughtful and well-reasoned review of What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. It is imperative that the people of God discern the church’s God-given purpose. That noble and essential task is why Kevin Deyoung and Greg Gilbert wrote, What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. This review will summarize the…

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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…

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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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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.

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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