With gentleness and respect

I like to try to explain why I believe in God and Jesus Christ. It not only affirms what I feel to be true but allows me to reaffirm it in my heart. but, I also hope that I can help those who are searching for truth to find it. I hear the rhetoric of […]

The Value of the Old Testament for Understanding God’s Mission

In the spirit of seeking a deeper understanding of God’s mission to the world, it is important that we not by-pass the Old Testament. We have already introduced many missional ideas from the Old Testament in earlier sections but now we want to expand it and go a little deeper. It further identifies the arena […]

Suffering and the Mission of God: Part 1, Chapter 2: The Mission of God in the Old testament

A Few Words about the Old Testament and mission The Old Testament has a lot to say about God’s mission, as we have already noted. There are those who have thought that the Old Testament had very little say about missions so have tended to disregard it as a source for a theology of mission. […]

The Gospel as Public Truth

John the Baptist announced publicly that the Kingdom of God was near. He preached repentance and proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom. When he was imprisoned, Jesus, who also announced publicly at his baptism that the Kingdom was near, began his public ministry by preaching repentance and the coming of the Kingdom (see Matt. 3:1-12, […]

The Difference between True Commitment and Fanaticism

Religious fanaticism has a prominent place in recent news coverage. Those who are committed to proving that religion is by nature irrational and fanatical have more than enough examples to support their belief. Religious people are seen as lunatics, extremists who are willing to do almost anything to promote their cause and belief system. Unfortunately, […]

The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit plays a significant role in the mission of God in the present age. It is with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that ushered in the great missionary age that we live in. Mission to the whole world, as God had fully intended it to be, really began “in the […]