#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Thank You, Randy and Kathy Arnett: Chuck Lawless

It was going to be a hot week in that part of western Africa, but we were excited. I was going to teach a group of African students about the topic of pastoral theology. Pam, who loves missionaries and nationals more than anyone I know, would be there to do her thing: graciously, sacrificially show the love of Christ. Our friends and teammates, Randy and Kathy Arnett, would be our hosts and translators. They had been teachers on the African continent for decades, but we had never been with them on their soil. …Read More.

Finding God's Mission: Scott Hildreth

As we seek to discover God’s plan for our lives and determine how we should follow his call, it is vital that we understand his mission. A quick scan of books, blogs, and social media posts reveals a lot of confusion, and even misrepresentation about the purpose and goal of missions.

Thankfully we can see much about the purpose of God’s mission in the opening pages of the Bible. Here we read of God’s creation of this world and everything in it. The pinnacle of creation was humanity, man and woman. After creating them and bringing them together, God declared this world to be “very good” (Gen 1:31). Despite God’s bold declaration, we no longer live in a “very good” world. Though some seasons are good, a brief look at our lives, the lives of those near us, the news, or our social media feeds is clear evidence that this world is broken, it is no longer “very good.”

What happened? …Read More.

Five Ways We Get the Great Commission Wrong: Trevin Wax

The missionary imperative of Jesus at the close of Matthew’s Gospel (28:18-20) is a key text for Christians:

18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (CSB)

But it’s easy for us to take some wrong turns in our understanding of Jesus’s instruction. Here are five ways we sometimes get the Great Commission wrong. …Read More.