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  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    by Caroline Anderson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NEPAL (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 missions

    by Jennifer Waldrep, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    YEKATERINBURG, 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 critiqued

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, 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

    by Keith Shorter, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

    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'

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    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

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    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

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (5 months ago)

    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 goal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    HAMILTON, 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 barriers

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionary heroes

    by Doug Munton, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Count missionaries as "a special kind of hero," Doug Munton writes, citing how they "die to self" amid the joys of a calling often tempered by loneliness, isolation and illness. Read More