Are Missionaries the Only People Who Glorify God?

I just answered a form of this question in a just-released interview with Matt Damico of Southern Seminary. We discussed my new book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome and zeroed in on how every Christian can live a life of “gospel risk.” In short, whether you’re overseas sharing the gospel or at home changing [Read More...]

Is the Bible Anti-Wealth? No!

A few months ago, I wrote a review of David Platt’s Radical Together. I strongly commended the book. Here’s one major strength: its exaltation of and dependence on a sovereign, awesome God: Platt wisely grounds human action in the sovereignty of God. There has been a great deal of discussion in certain circles over whether certain [Read More...]

How Can You Grow in Your Faith? Learn Theology! (Like at Gospel Coalition 2013)

Do you want to grow in your faith in Christ? Yes? I have a few thoughts for you. First: instead of avoiding theology and focusing solely on piety, read and study theology in order to grow in your walk with Christ. The two are not and must not be seen as separate. They work in hand [Read More...]

Rediscovering Adoniram Judson–and Zeal for the Gospel

Here’s a biography that’s just come out that is well worth your time, with the info appended from the Lifeway “New Academic” weekly email (good way to stay up on new books): Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, edited by Jason G. Duesing (B&H Academic. 9781433677656. Paperback. $24.99) On February 19, 1812, [Read More...]

Were Fundamentalists Defeated in the 1930s and 1940s?

Nope.  At least not if you consider their amazing missions output in these decades.  This is my summary from Joel Carpenter’s marvelous Revive Us Again (Oxford, 1999), pages 28-29: Modernism wrought devastating effects in the Northern Baptist Convention. It sent 845 staffers overseas in 1930; it sent 508 in 1940. From 1920 to 1936 the [Read More...]

Make Disciples of All Nations: March 2012 Credo Magazine

Along with the brand-new 9Marks eJournal, Credo magazine’s March 2012 issue just released online.  It’s on missions, and it looks terrific. Here’s the blurb: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that [Read More...]

Video Interview with Credo Magazine on Jonathan Edwards

This from Credo magazine: We are pleased to release an interview with Owen Strachan, co-author of The Essential Edwards Collection: Set of 5 Books, on the monumental figure, Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest theologian-philosopher in American history. In Part 1 of this interview Owen introduces us to the life and thought of Edwards, his Puritan [Read More...]

Mohler on the “Metacities” and Their Massive Implications for Missions

Theologian Al Mohler just wrote on the rise of “metacities”, stratospheric cities featuring around 20 million people with unvarying density, little infrastructure, and little sustained planning.  The trend is highly noteworthy. Mohler comments as follows: As Stewart Brand argues, we are becoming a “city planet.” Vast populations are moving into huge international cities, drawn by [Read More...]

New 9Marks eJournal: Business for Missions

The latest version of the 9Marks ejournal is up (PDF here).  It’s all about missions, and there is a great deal of material to work through.  I found the following article, “How to Get Businesspeople into Missions”, quite interesting. The article first outlines how many Christians think of missions: “Most churches already understand how they [Read More...]

New 9Marks eJournal Is Up: A Theology of Children

The new eJournal is up and it looks excellent. Here are a few snapshots from the current issue. As always, the content is free and very beneficial. It’s theologically rich but quite readable. The Cline family on doing missions as a family: “For various reasons, few families today choose to go overseas, and the leaders [Read More...]


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