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How worship songs brought a Buddhist to ChristNEPAL (BP) -- Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Buddhist monk.
But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future.
Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent fear that once plagued him: He had been afraid of dying. Read More
Peru's dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missionsYEKATERINBURG, Russia (BP) -- Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg.
Yet, what mattered -- what Peruvians savored -- is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World Cup team. No longer watching from the sidelines, they got in the game. Arriba Perú! Read More
'Insider Movements' in Muslim missions critiquedLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A new book edited by two Islamic studies seminary professors explores the weaknesses of the popular "Insider Movements" in Muslim missiology.
"Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts," which released last week, is a multi-author academic response to "Insider Movements," a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim, according to Islamic studies professor Ayman S. Ibrahim, an editor of the book. He is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ant Greenham, an associate professor of missions and Islamic studies, is a co-editor of the book. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What makes a good mission team
Mission teams can accomplish in one week what it would take a missionary six months to accomplish, Keith Shorter writes. However, they can also tear down and undo what a missionary has taken months or years to build. Read More
IMB Sending Celebration: 'why we came together'DALLAS (BP) -- In an International Mission Board service marked by testimonies and prayer for the approximate 11,700 people groups around the world, IMB President David Platt reminded messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention that the SBC exists first and foremost for the spread the Gospel.
"Tonight we have the opportunity to remember the reason we came together in the first place. We exist to combine the efforts of our churches for the spread of the Gospel in the world," Platt said during IMB's Sending Celebration the evening of June 12. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Missionaries, we need you
Southern Baptist missionaries are a source of hope amid controversy within the SBC, Chuck Lawless writes. They reflect the convention's foremost calling: "They're laser-beam focused on lostness." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Don't just watch the world pass by
The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities." Read More
'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goalHAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.
He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.
"God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More
IMB Facebook Live event confronts missions barriersRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Church size, budget limitations and fear should not prevent local congregations from engaging in global missions, said panelists at a Facebook Live event today (April 25) hosted by the International Mission Board.
Pastors "are not just called to tend sheep," said Cliff Jordan, pastor of Movement Church in Richmond, Va. "We're called to send them" to the nations. "It's just part of the job."
The event featured IMB President David Platt interviewing Richmond-area pastors from churches of various sizes about "major barriers to engaging a church in missions." Read More