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Researching the Route

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. After having profiled the personnel and clarified the call, Mike recommends researching the route. In this section Mike helps the prospective worker think through issues such as short or long-term service, what additional ministry training is needed, what cross-cultural training is required, what additional life-skills would be helpful and learning where necessary a new language. In addition Mike reminds us that we need cross-cultural workers to be well grounded in the Word of…

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The Curiosity Index (22.02.2018)

Billy Graham (1918-2018) The great evangelist of the 20th century has graduated to glory. You probably won’t find better or more comprehensive coverage than at Christianity Today. I loved When Billy Took Britain By Storm. A lot has been written and more of course to come just don’t expect all of it to be glowing he was human after all. Syria conflict: Will powers end up in direct war? I think the chances of this conflict escalating are increasing all the time. 75 Years Ago Today: The Incredible Story of Hans and Sophie…

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Clarifying the call

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In his chapter ‘clarifying the call’ Mike says: If we were honest most of us would like a definite unmistakable call to serve God, attended with supernatural signs. After all, wasn’t this the way it was for God’s servants in the past? (For example: Moses at the burning bush; Isaiah in the Temple; Saul on the Damascus road.) Today, we still hear stories of similar dramatic encounters with God that set the course…

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The Curiosity Index (21.02.2018)

Does It Bother You That God Barred Moses from the Promised Land? From Trevin Wax: For a long time, I was bothered by the fact that God didn’t allow Moses into the Promised Land. I sympathized with Moses in his one moment of weakness, and I wondered if God judged him too harshly. I was also bothered by the fact I was bothered. A 5 minute theology of periods But more than that, periods are very much part of the way women experience the world as embodied creatures. God has…

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Profiling the Personnel

In his book Reaching the Nations Mike Frisby helps churches work with people who are engaged in cross-cultural mission. In the chapter ‘profiling the personnel’ Mike says: While the old saying still holds true that “availability is more important than ability” and Scripture teaches that “the Lord chooses the weak to confound the strong”, nevertheless, there are some basic qualities one is looking for in those offering themselves for cross-cultural work. (See Judges 6:11-16, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31) Good training can develop character and skills, and good teaching can rectify a…

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Reaching the Nations

Despite the fact that there are more Christians right now than ever before because of population growth there remains more people than ever before who have never heard of Christ. The missions task remains urgent. As Mike Betts says in his foreword to a new edition of Mike Frisby’s  Reaching the Nations: Our concern for God’s glory means that we have a love for all peoples, languages, tribes, tongues and cultures. The whole world was made for Jesus and by Jesus, and His family will be gathered from every tribe and…

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The Curiosity Index (19.02.2018)

Nancy Pearcey and Jonathan Merritt spar on the hottest of hot topics This is a good discussion and Nancy Pearcey offers some excellent answers to hot topics and shows the strength of a consistent theology of the body. 5 reasons why I don’t always sit with my husband in church Here are 5 good reasons why couples shouldn’t sit together so often in church. Men and women in economics have different opinions Who knew? This company may have solved one of the hardest problems in clean energy Could Hydrogen be…

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Sexuality 3.0 – more freedom, less licence

As a child of the 1980s & 90s I grew up in a culture that saw Christian values and morals as hopelessly out of touch and old-fashioned. The issue of my day was the ridiculous notion of no-sex-before-marriage. Then came the increasingly affirming attitudes towards same-sex relationships and now we have gender-fluidity. Activists for all of the above would argue that whatever legal gains have been made it has not been made equal, nor global nor arguably cultural. From their point of view, the battle is still on. At the same time…

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