everPresent: How the Gospel Relocates Us in the Present in Review

Have you even been in a conversation with another person and sensed they really weren’t listening to you? Maybe they responded with the staccato “yeah-yeah-yeah” as their eyes drifted around the room. I doubt I’m the only one who has experienced this. In those awkward moments, I always think of Jim Elliot’s famous quote: “Wherever […]

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Light for the Nations

Missions is always present in our thinking. We’ve enjoyed and profited from various readings this week, including John Stott on Romans and John Piper on God’s glory in the worship of the nations. Stott writes, “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners […]

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Sheep and Goats

Why do we find it so difficult to live out Acts 1:8, the last command of Jesus to His followers? “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Sometimes I […]

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Sovereign Grace at Brookstone School

Rather than an overseas mission trip this summer, our church decided to build a team that would commit themselves to teaching the Bible to inner-city children in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brookstone School, an urban Christian school committed to educating under-resourced children academically from a Christian worldview, provided the venue. As it turned out, only a […]

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Become Like Children

I have a confession to make. There wasn’t a carrot in existence that could have lured me into Vacation Bible School after the age of seven. One bad experience proved to be all it took to sour me on the idea, and that experience took place during recreation time. I can still picture my teacher […]

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Wild and Romantic: A Glimpse into the Life of Ann Hasseltine Judson

When someone dies at the age of 37, whether we knew them or not we usually think of it as a great tragedy. That tragedy is founded on the belief that every life holds promise—for some extraordinarily so—but an untimely death snuffs out all that could have been. Yet, there are those whose short lives […]

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A Mentor Remembered: Elisabeth Elliot and Her Legacy

Today I wish to express my gratitude to God for giving my generation Elisabeth Elliot. I mentioned in an earlier post that I met Elisabeth and her husband Lars in South Carolina many years ago. Two years ago on this date she went home to be with her Lord. I’m sure many of you are […]

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Community Pool: April 26

Today’s community pool is rather short but so interesting we didn’t want to wait for a larger collection.  We hope you will take the time to read about the Christian history centered in North Korea.  It’s an amazing story! They called it a “Jerusalem of the East.” Read this fascinating article about the work of […]

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Standing in the Gap

What does it mean to be a world Christian? Nancy and I are reading In the Gap by David Bryant, a book that seeks to answer that question. Bryant makes three main points: We are called to a greater view of God. We are called to a bigger vision of the world. We are called to […]

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For the Joy Set Before Him: Day Six

It is an awesome thing that God looks down on all the peoples of the world and names a flock for himself, and then sends missionaries in the name of Christ, and then leads his chosen ones to the sound of the gospel, and then saves them. They could be saved no other way. Missions […]

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