Having clarified what a post-truth society looks like and addressed some of the particular challenges inherent therein, we must turn our eyes to practical engagement with it. Prepare for a long-haul Stamina, energy, and strength are required for ministry in any environment; this doesn’t change when serving in a post-truth culture. At times, the challenges … Continue reading GUEST POST: Preparing for Ministry in a Post-Truth World, Part Two
What is meant by ‘Post-truth’? The Oxford Dictionaries’ international word of 2016, “post-truth” points to a society or situation “in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. While “post truth” has many political implications, commonly functioning as an expression thrown around by opposing political groups … Continue reading GUEST POST: Preparing for Ministry in a Post-Truth World, Part One
As I (David) have already written and reflected upon, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya this past year with my friend John Schultz on behalf of Equip the Nations. While traveling the countryside, I asked him to share the story behind the formation of Equip the Nations, inc because it reveals another avenue … Continue reading The Story behind Equip the Nations, Inc
Kenya is a beautiful country. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the green fields and mountains I saw. As we flew from Nairobi into Kisumu at sunrise, we were taken aback by the sheer beauty of it all. I knew that Kenya bordered Lake Victoria, but I wasn’t aware that we … Continue reading What Does the American Church Have to Offer Kenya?
[Today's post comes from Regan King. You can connect with Regan on twitter, facebook, or at http://www.reganbking.com. And don't miss his book, #TBH: Basic Challenges to Millennials Who Can't Even.] Churches and sex abuse It should not surprise us when sex abuse rears its ugly head in churches. After all, churches are filled with people … Continue reading GUEST POST: Pastors, Adultery, and Missions
Like many, the holidays are a difficult time of year for me. A few years ago, my family spent our final Thanksgiving together and then, just before Christmas on December 13, my Dad lost his 5-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Truth be told, while Christmas carols and hymns proclaim “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men,” … Continue reading For Those Having a Blue Christmas
With the recent death of missionary John Chau, there has been a whirlwind of reactions and opinions. Some grieve the loss of life and the tragic nature of his death while pursuing a greater cause; others argue that his death was pointless and could have been avoided. These reactions reveal that we are in a … Continue reading When Missions Cause Confusion
We might all be better-served by allowing Chau’s willingness to die for the sake of the gospel to challenge us—what are we willing to risk that others may hear the eternity-changing hope of Jesus Christ?
There is a tendency in the human heart to limit the love of God to those we find acceptable—to those we deem worthy of love. Those who dismiss the practice of sharing the gospel with those one does not know necessarily, but rather contend that believers should share the gospel only in the context of a relationship reverse Pearce’s pattern, albeit unknowingly. We may preach of God’s love for all people, but if we only offer Christ to those with whom we’ve built relationships, perhaps our practice speaks of a different gospel.
Samuel Pearce participated alongside men such as Andrew Fuller, William Carey, and John Sutcliff in the inception of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS), which launched the modern missions movement. Pearce's passion for and commitment to missions established him as a gifted spokesman and fundraiser for the cause. Carey was the first to go, but Pearce's … Continue reading Samuel Pearce’s Tract for the Lascars