#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Missionaries You Should Know: William Carey: Nathan Finn

Englishman William Carey (1761–1834) is almost certainly the most well-known missionary in Baptist history. Had there been no William Carey, it is uncertain whether there would have ever been an Adoniram JudsonLottie Moon, or Bill Wallace. Carey has been called the father of the modern missions movement in the English-speaking world because of his forty-plus years as a missionary in India and the role he played as a missions apologist. …Read More.

4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today: Trevin Wax

The church is in crisis, as it always is. Such could be said of the church in the early centuries, during the middle ages, in the tumultuous time of the Reformation, and in our modern era. From the days when Christians were getting drunk at the table in Corinth to the brutal extermination of Christians today at the hands of Islamic terrorists, crises have been constant. Heresies strike from inside, persecutions from outside. The church is in crisis.

The church is also stable. “Upon this rock, I will build my church,” Jesus said. Like the parable he tells of the wise man, Jesus builds his house on the rock, and the gates of hell will not prevail against his people. Yes, there will be fallings away, false messiahs, heresies that ravage his teaching, moral aberrations that harm our witness, and persecutions that sweep over the landscape. The true church is always in crisis but always stable. We are in a spiritual battle whose outcome is secure. …Read More.

9 Ways to Build Prayer Into a Worship Service: Chuck Lawless

Jesus strongly reminded us that God’s house is to be a house of prayer (Luke 19:45-46). Getting there means building prayer into the DNA of a congregation, but the worship service can be central to that process.  

So, if I were to attend only your church’s main worship service, would I think that your church is a house of prayer? If not, here are some options to build prayer into that service. …Read More.

How to Think About a Crisis

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I’m working on my dissertation on Crisis Leadership in Baptist Affiliated Christian Higher Education Institutions. That sounds like a mouthful (and it is), but I’m seeking to ask and answer the question: How should leaders respond to crisis? Throughout this process I’ve been both grateful for the study and plagued with a new vision of crisis in the world. Let me show you a glimpse. …Read More.

    God Has Given You a Voice. Don’t Waste It.

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    The end of the movie, The Quiet Place, contains a heartbreaking scene. (If you haven’t seen it yet, be forewarned: spoilers follow!) A father sacrifices his life to save his children. In this fictional world where silence means safety, this dad chooses to use his voice at the ultimate cost to himself. By yelling loudly, he draws the attracted-to-sound monster’s attention away from his children and toward himself. His life ends quickly while his children flee to safety. This emotional scene demonstrates the power of voice. …Read More.

    Following God with Open Hands

    Few phrases evoke more emotion in my soul than, “The cabin doors have closed.” For most of my adult life, I have invested in guiding hundreds of people on short-term mission projects. When I hear these words at the beginning of the trip, I breathe a sigh of relief. Prior to departure, the tireless work of recruiting, training volunteers and preparing for the project fills every waking moment. Once the cabin door closes, I can do nothing else to ensure the trip’s success. I surrender my work and am restrained to hours of cramped legs, turbulence and peanuts until we reach our final destination. My life is in the hands of the pilot. …Read More.