Here is the story of one church in one of the least reached corners of the world slowly and waveringly growing into maturity by the grace of God.
Through the faithfulness of Christian doctors a generation ago, God gave churches favor in the eyes of the rulers of a nation in the heart of the Middle East. Through the recovery of one church, now many healthy churches are springing up in this desert country.
Raising up Christ-like leaders―while primarily a work of the Holy Spirit―happens in the context of healthy churches full of loving relationships.
Seminaries can provide much value to the church, but seminary-educated leaders aren’t a necessity for the advance of the church around the world.
In contrast to current faddish pragmatic strategies devoid of ecclesiology, these 19th-century missionaries articulated a biblical and holistic understanding of the missionary life and ministry.
Let’s ensure that missionaries who leave quickly fall under the authority of a Christ-governed healthy church wherever they are.
The goal of contextualization is not comfort, but clarity.
If God rules over kingdoms, then kingdoms are our concern, and we should discipline ourselves to pray both for the world in general and our cities in particular.
Mailbag #37: Congregationalism in China; A Defense of Building Bigger Buildings; Notifying the Recently Disciplined; Supporting a Widow Who Has Left the ChurchBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.10.2016
— How can something like congregationalism work in China, with its networks of related house churches? — The leaders at my church want to build a bigger building, yet it seems to me a waste of money. What should I do? — After someone has been disciplined for non-attendance, should the church notify the person as a final act of congregational care? — Twenty years ago, our church made a commitment to financially support our former pastor’s widow. She has since refused to attend our church. What should I do?
Please join me in rejoicing at how God’s Word is at work in Madagascar, and also in praying for the spread of his Word in that needy place.
Is the point of all this to say that some of you should leave your churches? Kind of. Some should go to help struggling churches. Some should plant new ones. Some should go overseas. And some should stay.
Jason Georges, The 3-D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Culture. 3D Gospel, 2014, 82 pages. $8.99. I am a pastor who grew up in an honor-shame culture, so the title 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame and Fear Cultures piqued my interest. The author Jayson Georges (M. Div., Talbot) spent nine years in Central […]
Here is a collection of several brief book reviews on the Christian church in China through the centuries.
The missionary “calling” is not about us going so much as it is about us following in the bright wake of our risen King.
2.8 billion people have little to no access to the gospel. What can we do about it, starting tomorrow?