Ed Roberts

Book Review: Contagious Disciple Making, by David and Paul Watson

Review by Ed Roberts | 07.16.2015

This book is primarily a recommendation of their experience as the way to engage in evangelism and discipleship that leads to new churches. Perhaps the authors could have suggested their experiences as one way, rather than as the only truly effective way.

A Faithful Witness Whose Testimony Challenges Muslim Insider Movements

By Ed Roberts | 08.22.2014

The Written Defense of the Rev. Mehdi Dibaj Delivered to the Sari Court of Justice – Sari, Iran December 3, 1993 A born Muslim who decided to follow and serve Jesus and paid the price with his life “In the Holy Name of God who is our life and existence” With all humility I express […]

Clearly Uncomfortable with Contextualization

By Ed Roberts | 06.11.2014

Some people are really uncomfortable with contextualization, even though we all do it and benefit from it all the time.   What is it, anyway?…well here’s one definition…Contextualization is “the attempt to communicate the message of the person, works, Word, and will of God in a way that is faithful to God’s revelation…and that is […]

Critical Contextualization and Culturally Prevalent and Deep-rooted Sins

By Ed Roberts | 06.11.2014

  Appropriate or critical contextualization means that the Word of God is our controlling authority and that: -we do not accept another’s culture uncritically-the Word is our touchstone. -we do not accept our own culture uncritically-the Word is our touchstone. I was talking not long ago with an elder who helped start and shepherd a […]

Walking around with Muslims: Options for Showing and Telling the Gospel

By Ed Roberts | 06.11.2014

Let’s try to keep it simple today. We really only have three options when it comes to talking with Muslims about the gospel and Islam. Since Islam typically includes culture, religion, politics, and even economics, it can seem like a huge wall between us and our Muslim friends and acquaintances. Here are our options: Knock […]

Contextualizing Ecclesiology

By Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 07.16.2013

What does a biblical church look like in Central Asia? Is 9Marks’ model really biblical? 9Marks asks a veteran missionary these questions and more.

Church Membership and Contextualization

By Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Selecting Elders

By B. Keisling, E. Roberts, F. Catherwood, J. MacArthur, M. Lawrence, P. Newton, T. R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:

What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?

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Missions Partnerships from a Field Worker’s Perspective

By Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Missions | 02.26.2010

But how should churches and missionaries decide whom to partner with?